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Expansion from Lisbon to Vladivostok: a political scientist on the limits of NATO expansion

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Over the past 30 years, the North Atlantic Alliance has significantly expanded its borders, getting close to the borders of our country. Today, the alliance includes almost all countries of the former socialist camp in Eastern Europe and even 3 countries in the post-Soviet space. Will NATO stop on its way east?


NATO expansion was fraudulent


Contrary to expectations, or at least assertions of the Soviet and then early Russian leadership, the reduction and subsequent withdrawal of Soviet / Russian troops from Eastern Europe did not lead to the demilitarization of the region. On the contrary, as soon as Russia released the former countries of the socialist camp from the orbit of its influence, active work on their admission to the North Atlantic Alliance began immediately.

The promises of American leaders to abandon NATO's eastward expansion turned out to be a real lie: the alliance not only included several of the most pro-Western countries, but swallowed almost all Eastern European countries, except Serbia, and even swung itself into the post-Soviet space. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have become NATO members, and Georgia and Ukraine regularly participate in joint exercises with the North Atlantic Alliance and are its close allies.

If we turn to an analysis of the events of the recent past, we will see that NATO expansion took place gradually. First of all, in 1999, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary were admitted to the North Atlantic Alliance as the most militarily and economically developed countries of Eastern Europe, which are also close to Western culture.

In 2004, NATO admitted Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria and 3 republics of the former USSR - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Croatia and Albania joined NATO in 2009, Montenegro in 2017, and North Macedonia in 2020. In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member of the Membership Action Plan, Georgia and Ukraine have the status of countries participating in the “accelerated dialogue”.

The nature of the expansion of the alliance shows that in general, Brussels and the Washington behind it are deeply indifferent to the level of economic development or military power of the country admitted to NATO. Thus, in recent years, the underdeveloped and poor Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia have joined the North Atlantic Alliance. It would be foolish to doubt that the level of economic development of the same Georgia or Ukraine can be seriously considered as an obstacle to their membership in the alliance.

The political component is another matter: now the United States and its closest allies refrain from accepting Georgia and Ukraine into the alliance, since, firstly, these countries have unresolved territorial problems (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Donbass), and secondly, their acceptance in NATO would mean a very serious deterioration in relations with Russia, even compared to the current difficult relationship.

Political scientist: NATO's main goal is expansion and subordination of other countries


The founder of the BRICS + International Forum, political scientist Sergei Dvoryanov, told Voennoye Obozreniye that the very name of the North Atlantic Alliance has an answer to the question regarding its nature: NATO are Atlanticists, globalists who base their entire ideology on the desire to dominate other countries in the name of your own prosperity.

The latest events that we can observe today in Belarus are a latent continuation of NATO's expansionist policy of subjugating the entire space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. The essence of this doctrine boils down to the establishment of Washington as the "fourth Rome". But after all, Moscow, as we all know, is the "third Rome", and who, if not Russia, should resist the implementation of all these expansionist projects of the alliance?

- the political scientist emphasizes.

According to Sergei Dvoryanov, the continuation of NATO's expansionist policy includes not only the Euromaidan in Ukraine in 2013-2014, but also the events in Armenia and Belarus.

The most important thing now is to protect our western borders. We must search for friends through “soft power”, assert our power, our civilizational idea, which I would express briefly, in one word - “justice”. It is necessary to act more productively in the information space, talking about the aggressive plans of NATO. Also, a lot will depend on the results of the US elections.

According to the political scientist, the plans of the current President Donald Trump are not included in the further expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance, but if the Democrats come to power, then Washington's policy will change radically. But in any case, the ideological vector for Russia is the creation and protection of a multipolar world, which was repeatedly emphasized by the head of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin.

The alliance seeks to surround Russia with a ring of enemies


Actually, the only way NATO can expand is in the east. It was to the east that the alliance has expanded over the past decades, absorbing more and more countries of the ex-socialist camp and the post-Soviet space.


NATO members are marked blue, green - countries with which the dialogue is being conducted, yellow - countries with an individual partnership plan

The southern direction is of interest only as locations for military bases. NATO does not suit the developing countries of the Maghreb and West Africa: there will be no particular benefit from membership in the alliance of Tunisia, Mauritania or Senegal, and African territories can be controlled without integration into the alliance. But the post-Soviet territories are a great opportunity to extend their influence to new lands that were not previously controlled by the West, and at the same time to surround Russia with a ring of countries - enemies like Ukraine.

The experience of the sad events that took place in the neighboring state shows that in the event of a radical change in the political course of the country's leadership, the population of the country quickly turns against Russia. The full potential of Russophobic propaganda is being used, and hatred of the Russian and Soviet past is fomented. If this could be done in Ukraine, there is no doubt that it will be able to do so in other former Soviet republics.

If Russia weakens and admits NATO expansion, sooner or later the alliance will swallow up practically all the former Soviet republics of interest to it. It is not for nothing that NATO's “individual partnership plans” exist in relation to Moldova, Azerbaijan and even Armenia and Kazakhstan.
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  1. marchcat
    marchcat 26 August 2020 15: 05 New
    +6
    Under Hitler, too, no one began to migrate from the Europeans, almost all "fell under" him. So, there is nothing to be surprised at, Europeans are a led people.
    1. dSK
      dSK 26 August 2020 15: 59 New
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      Also, a lot will depend on the results of the US elections.
      Only methods change, it's like the enemy beats with his left hand (Democrats), or with his right hand (Republicans).
      On March 6, 2009, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held the first official bilateral meeting, which took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva. At this meeting Clinton and Lavrov gave a symbolic start to the reset of relations between Russia and the United States, pressing the big red button on which it was written not "reboot", but "overload"
      It was a clear misinformation to make Russia relax.
      Churchill immediately after the Second World War declared a "cold war" to Russia and it never stopped, there were only periods of armistice.
      NATO is anti-Russia, for this purpose it was created.
      We were persistently imposed the mantra that "block thinking" - this is very bad. Gorbachev swallowed it and even Putin repeated it.
      At the same time, NATO was growing by leaps and bounds. She is a country without allies, extremely vulnerable. In the event of a "hot war", we will have huge civilian casualties.
    2. datur
      datur 27 August 2020 00: 09 New
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      not right now - MONEY is the most important movement in the world !! the amirikos themselves invented it!
    3. Strannik_GO
      Strannik_GO 31 August 2020 17: 18 New
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      That's right, you noticed, "Under Hitler, no one also moved from Europeans, almost all of them fell under him. Working in 3 shifts at military factories in countries occupied by Germany, or even taking direct part in hostilities against the USSR Hence - after the war, Stalin endowed the countries that had withdrawn to the zone of influence of the USSR with the territories of defeated Germany, not in order to give them gifts ...
      Now these mongrels are opening their (mouth), on the territory of the countries of the former USSR ...
      The time has come (after the departure of these satellites) to reconsider Russia, as the legal successor of the USSR, its agreement to transfer the seized German territories: transfer them, and the entry of the designated territories into Poland, the Czech Republic, etc. Let England and America act as guarantors of the transfer of these territories ...
  2. Prisoner
    Prisoner 26 August 2020 15: 14 New
    +1
    Somehow it is not surprising anymore. In the 19th and 20th centuries and before them, the lips were rolled out, the gangs recruited and received luli. Why the 21st century should be an exception. It only surrenders that the 22nd century may not exist if these jackals do not die out their appetites.
  3. Doctor
    Doctor 26 August 2020 15: 28 New
    +1
    NATO enlargement is a sign that we are feared.
    This suggests that we are actually pursuing a relatively independent policy.
    1. Svarog
      Svarog 26 August 2020 15: 37 New
      +6
      Quote: Arzt
      NATO enlargement is a sign that we are feared.
      This suggests that we are actually pursuing a relatively independent policy.

      The expansion of NATO is a sign that their capitalists have laid eyes on our natural resources and do not want to share with our capitalists .. even in today's situation, when 20 trillions of gas were removed from Russia in 15 years. dollars do not suit them, they want more ..
      1. lucul
        lucul 26 August 2020 15: 52 New
        -4
        even in today's situation, when over 20 years 15 tr. dollars do not suit them, they want more ..

        Eck you had enough)))
        I heard about $ 2 trillion until Putin began to close financial flows to himself (the country) ...
      2. dSK
        dSK 26 August 2020 16: 09 New
        +4
        Quote: Svarog
        do not want to share with our capitalists ..

        Our oligarchs are an intermediate link, they will be gradually "undressed" and robbed by foreigners. The most recent example is Deribaska's squeezed "Russian aluminum", now his autogas is being squeezed out.
      3. And why do you need
        And why do you need 27 August 2020 00: 06 New
        +1
        Quote: Svarog
        Quote: Arzt
        NATO enlargement is a sign that we are feared.
        This suggests that we are actually pursuing a relatively independent policy.

        The expansion of NATO is a sign that their capitalists have laid eyes on our natural resources and do not want to share with our capitalists .. even in today's situation, when 20 trillions of gas were removed from Russia in 15 years. dollars do not suit them, they want more ..

        They took them out because they were allowed to. And of course our laws in this regard are "full of holes"
  4. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 26 August 2020 15: 50 New
    +3
    The old military commander from near Chelyabinsk is right. He, having been retired for a long time, takes his fellow villagers out on Saturdays to dig anti-tank ditches.
  5. KCA
    KCA 26 August 2020 15: 50 New
    -1
    Yes, in general, all this fuss is not understandable, the inhabitants of a united Europe will not climb to fight with Russia, the tighter the anaconda is pulled on us, the higher the chance of using thermonuclear weapons in Europe, do they need it? To puff out cheeks, to lay under the USA is one thing, but who wants to get 200 kilotons of cabbage soup in Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius? You will sit out in a bunker, perhaps you will send your family somewhere to Gabon or New Zealand, and then where will you live? President of a country that does not exist ...
  6. hjhfgfgfd
    hjhfgfgfd 26 August 2020 16: 15 New
    +1
    Quote: KCA
    Yes, in general, all this fuss is not understandable, the inhabitants of a united Europe will not climb to fight with Russia, the tighter the anaconda is pulled on us, the higher the chance of using thermonuclear weapons in Europe, do they need it? To puff out cheeks, to lay under the USA is one thing, but who wants to get 200 kilotons of cabbage soup in Warsaw, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius? You will sit out in a bunker, perhaps you will send your family somewhere to Gabon or New Zealand, and then where will you live? President of a country that does not exist ...

    And if they do climb, then there is a more likely chance that they will use 400 kilotons of thermonuclear weapons in Russia, where can the residents of Russia sit out in this case?
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 26 August 2020 16: 42 New
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      And where will that GEYROPE, striped, you do not want to ask such a question, you can not ..... they do not want to register it in the training manual?
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 26 August 2020 16: 40 New
    +3
    How long will the treason of the marked hiccup be for us!
    Do not forget, do not forgive!
    1. Komissar
      Komissar 26 August 2020 17: 52 New
      +1
      Quote: rocket757
      How long will the treason of the marked hiccup be for us!
      Do not forget, do not forgive!

      For a very long time, Viktor, while at least one born in the USSR is alive, will spit on a bald man (except for oligarchy and liberda)!
      Again, some want to start perestroika so that the process goes to the 90s.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 26 August 2020 18: 07 New
        -1
        Quote: Komissar
        Again, some want to start perestroika so that the process goes to the 90s.

        I doubt that this is necessary for perestroika ... all for the sake of re-privatization, for power, for babosiks are torn! as if they stick to the trough, they will suddenly forget what they promised to the "good uncle" from across the hill. They are not stupid, they stopped answering the question, whose Crimea and everything else.
  8. 1536
    1536 26 August 2020 17: 34 New
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    Quote: marchcat
    Under Hitler, too, no one began to migrate from the Europeans, almost all "fell under" him. So, there is nothing to be surprised at, Europeans are a led people.

    Hitler wanted to subjugate Soviet Russia and involve it in the German economic and political zone, for the subsequent confrontation with the Anglo-Americans. Perhaps if in 1941-1942 the outcome of the war on the Eastern Front had been different for the Germans, the world today would have been different. For example, imagine that Russia is defeated, united with the Third Reich, cheap slave labor of Russians increases the industrial potential of Germany every part, innumerable minerals, as well as the strategic position of the now "united" Greater Germany, give it great chances of victory in the fight against the USA and Britain ... Most likely, these states would have been defeated in this struggle by 1943 or 1944. Around the same time, the Germans would have gotten rid of their possessed Fuhrer, although even if this had not happened, he would have been limited in power. Germany would occupy Britain, then help Japan fight the United States. Thus, the world would be divided in a different way than we see today. However, this did not happen for one simple reason: Hitler and all those who stood behind him were too carried away by the "racial theory", the theory of the superiority of the German nation over others and the organization of the destruction of other peoples. This ultimately destroyed the Germans. Because, first of all, the peoples of the USSR, along with the Jewish people, were to be destroyed in the course of ethnic cleansing and "transformations". Why is that? Getler and others like him should be asked. Destruction did not threaten other European peoples, and the Fuehrer considered the British a "fraternal people".
    Today the position of the Russian Federation is different. A little more and the whole world, all states will unite against us, because, occupying 1/6 of the land, the country gives a little more than 3,12% to the world economy, while the USA 15%, and the PRC has recently more. But, although they outnumber the population of the Russian Federation, they are smaller in area. As I understand it, they are just offended ...
    For reference: the share of the USSR economy by the 1980s. accounted for 20% of the global. We will not be able to hide under the blanket, and if we stand up to full height, they will cut it off with a scythe, as if not happened.
    So you have to choose a sort of Byzantine policy, instead of hitting on the necks with this and that.
    1. Komissar
      Komissar 26 August 2020 17: 49 New
      -1
      Quote: 1536
      We will not be able to hide under the blanket, and if we stand up to full height, they will cut it off with a scythe, as if not happened.
      So you have to choose a sort of Byzantine policy, instead of hitting on the necks with this and that.

      Plus you Eugene is huge, beautiful and described everything to the point (especially about the Byzantine policy right for sure) .. Thank you !!!
      So far, and this is terribly maddening to the West, that it is difficult for us to play off and blow up from the inside .. They can't do it))) We are only getting stronger
    2. g1washntwn
      g1washntwn 27 August 2020 09: 24 New
      +1
      Quote: 1536
      Hitler wanted subdue Soviet Russia

      Not to subdue but to take possession by cleaning out the population. Assimilation of Russians was not part of his plans.
      It didn’t work for him like the "civilized" Europeans with the American Indians.
  9. Komissar
    Komissar 26 August 2020 17: 48 New
    -1
    The alliance seeks to surround Russia with a ring of enemies

    Yes, this has long been known to us in Russia. Here's a photo says a lot ..

    I hope Belarusians have seen such footage? Or destroyed enterprises are even cooler than BelAZ, etc. on the outskirts ? There they already have practically nothing, one pipe and that will soon be cut off, and they will disassemble it into metal and again howl "She is not dead .."
  10. datur
    datur 27 August 2020 00: 27 New
    0
    we do not start WAR - we STOP WAR !!! QUESTION WHERE? wink wassat drinks wink
  11. ximkim
    ximkim 27 August 2020 07: 53 New
    +1
    Interesting .. What will happen if all countries join NATO?
  12. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 30 August 2020 11: 42 New
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    The promises of American leaders to abandon NATO's eastward expansion turned out to be a real lie

    What kind of promises, promises can only be reflected on paper on behalf of the person authorized to make such promises ... no agreements on this matter have been drawn up ...
    The Soviet leadership wanted to hang out beautifully, disbanded the Internal Affairs Directorate, created political diversity before it did not carry out economic reforms in the weakening USSR ...
    Agreeing to the unification of the FRG and the GDR, withdrawing the SA from Eastern Europe, the Soviet leadership did not bother to provide the USSR with security guarantees ... probably simply because the interests of the USSR leadership (consisting of communists and within the framework of their ideology must hate capitalism with all their fibers) were far from interests of the peoples of the USSR, and then of the former RSFSR ...
    Georgia and Ukraine regularly participate in joint exercises with the North Atlantic Alliance

    Believe it or not, the CSTO members dashingly and cheerfully participate in NATO exercises ...
    ....... recently NATO exercises "Noble Partner 2018" started in the Caucasus, and Armenia decided to take part in them for the first time ..... It is noteworthy that at the same time Azerbaijan is taking part in the exercises "Noble Partner 2018", with which Armenians are really fighting in Karabakh. However, even such a tense relationship with one of the participants in the event did not deter the Armenian leadership from accepting the NATO invitation.

    https://topwar.ru/145157-armeniya-dreyfuet-v-nato.html
    Joint Kazakh-American military exercises "Zhardem", "Balance-Kayak" and "Steppe Eagle" are held on a regular basis. In the latter, annually held both in Kazakhstan and the United States, involved in addition to units of the United States and Great Britain, the Kazakh battalion "Kazbat", special task force of the General Staff of the Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan and Uzbek special forces.
    In March, the 2020 In Belarus, exercises were held jointly with the British Marine Corps. The training took place at the range of the 103rd Vitebsk Separate Guards Airborne Brigade.

    https://stanradar.com/news/full/40626-sotrudnichestvo-nekotoryh-stran-odkb-i-nato-partnerstvo-radi-progressa.html
  13. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 30 August 2020 11: 49 New
    0
    I ask the editors of "Military Review" and the site moderators to remove the map posted to the article, tk. Crimea indicated on it is not part of the Russian Federation ...
    Part 2 of Article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ....
  14. iouris
    iouris 30 August 2020 13: 36 New
    0
    What do you want?
    Group "Lube": "... from the Volga to the Yenisei ..." and that's it?
    In Pskov: "Russia begins here" and to the west?