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US wants to make NATO membership even more burdensome for the EU

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US wants to make NATO membership even more burdensome for the EU
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American political scientist Andrew Michta writes about this in the article "US Alliances: Decisive Factors in the Confrontation of Great Powers" published in the collection "2021 US Military Power Index". Mikhta admits that the military potential of the alliance, as well as its attractiveness for the EU countries, has decreased in recent years, including in connection with the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation.

He writes the following:

... NATO's military capabilities, including the forces deployed by the United States in Europe, have become a pale shadow of the once formidable armies. In addition, NATO's logistics infrastructure has degraded to such an extent that even conducting joint exercises of a moderate scale has become problematic ... In addition to the fact that NATO forces are inadequate to the tasks set, breaking the political consensus within the alliance on an overarching strategic threat may become an even more serious problem. ...

Andrew Mikhta believes that the true meaning of the "strategic threat" - the claims of the Russian Federation on the territory of Eastern Europe and even Norway, is well understood in the countries directly bordering on Russia, while in Germany or France this threat is increasingly perceived as illusory. Despite the existing problems, the political scientist believes that the EU countries need not only to increase their contributions to the NATO budget to at least 2% of GDP, but also to seriously engage in their own armed forces.

Direct blackmail


Andrew Mikhta states:

NATO does not need “burden-sharing,” but its “delegation,” a term I use to explain that the best strategy for defending the transatlantic community is for European members to adequately fund their own defense. This is necessary so that the EU, if necessary, with the support of US advisers and under the protection of US nuclear potential, could contain or even repel Russia's onslaught if the US is involved in a conflict in the Pacific or Indian Ocean.

The expert is confident that in the event of Beijing's aggression against the US allies - Japan, South Korea or Australia, as well as in the event of other probable crises that require US military intervention, Washington will be forced to use all its resources, so that EU assistance will be indirect. At the same time, Mikhta considers it likely that in the event of a conflict between the United States and China, Russia will immediately take advantage of the situation in order to seize the former Eastern European satellites.

How the European Union will respond to this simple blackmail and new demands to increase military spending is still unknown. However, given the economic crisis and problems with approving the EU budget for 2021, such statements are unlikely to be greeted with enthusiasm in Old Europe.
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  1. Daniil Konovalenko
    Daniil Konovalenko 8 December 2020 15: 05
    +1
    This is somehow their problem.
    1. credo
      credo 8 December 2020 15: 33
      +6
      Quote: Daniil Konovalenko
      This is somehow their problem.

      Their problems usually concern us, so NATO countries should take this issue seriously and choose one of two things:
      - either they strain under the whip of Uncle Sam and spend more and more their budgets on supporting the US military-industrial complex until they overstrain;
      - either they send Uncle Sam straight away in a known direction and spend up to 2% of GDP without straining their budget.
      We would like the NATO countries to choose the second option, but we perfectly understand that something out of the ordinary must happen for this, therefore we assume with 99,99% certainty that Option 1 will be adopted. So you need to proceed from this message and restore your economy until the rooster pecks very painfully.
      1. Daniil Konovalenko
        Daniil Konovalenko 8 December 2020 15: 41
        +3
        All one, all united. Let them support the US military-industrial complex until they overstrain or send the United States, it’s up to them to decide their choice. Can Russia influence the choice of NATO member countries? No, Wishlist remains. And if they don't come true? It is necessary to restore your economy without which of the two decisions NATO member countries will take.
    2. Terenin
      Terenin 8 December 2020 16: 19
      +4
      ... US wants to make NATO membership even more burdensome for the EU
      Good news.
  2. 7,62h54
    7,62h54 8 December 2020 15: 11
    +4
    Andrew Mikhta believes that the true meaning of the "strategic threat" - the claims of the Russian Federation in Eastern Europe and even Norway

    What is Norway, Gibraltar, let's
    1. marchcat
      marchcat 8 December 2020 15: 18
      0
      Actually, amers need to understand, if of course they can: take up the tug, do not say that it is not hefty ... EU, then it’s nakoy, if the Americans themselves say that they are protecting the EU.
    2. Pravodel
      Pravodel 8 December 2020 15: 24
      +2
      What is Norway, Gibraltar, let's

      Well, I do not. It will be too small. Let the Panama Canal be given and transferred to Russia Alaska and Canada.
    3. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 8 December 2020 15: 44
      +1
      Quote: 7,62x54
      What is Norway, Gibraltar, let's

      The United States sees all the former border republics of the USSR, now these are the limitoroths, and Norway (probably about Spitsbergen "which Russia does not need for nothing, but for some reason Uncle Sam's children are silent about Alaska and Russian America, these primordially Russian lands.) They need to think about them more than about European lands.
  3. VORON538
    VORON538 8 December 2020 15: 15
    +2
    What are the claims to the Baltic states' limitrophes and eastern Europe, Norway, what else do they have for Russia? Let him take more - Manhattan, give Alaska and California! the democratic "US army, not Russia, is ironing Abrams and Apaches at their training grounds! It is high time for the Europeans to fork out to support the economy of their older brother, and then suddenly Russia puts a finger on the Baltic States, and there are not enough American weapons lol Europeans, it's time to chip in to support the standard of living of the average American and their corporations, and not Russia ... uzhossnafik !!! lol
  4. Svarog
    Svarog 8 December 2020 15: 19
    +3
    Andrew Mikhta believes that the true meaning of the "strategic threat" - the claims of the Russian Federation on the territory of Eastern Europe and even Norway, is well understood in the countries directly bordering on Russia, while in Germany or France this threat is increasingly perceived as illusory

    Why does Russia need foreign territories? We cannot settle our own. This question would be better for the bordering countries. So no one in the West seriously views Russia as an aggressor. There is a political elite that is whipping up hysteria .. In this case, the Western man in the street should ask himself a question ... why do their politicians whip up hysteria in relation to Russia? And from this moment, the epiphany will begin ..
  5. Cowbra
    Cowbra 8 December 2020 15: 20
    +3
    Well go ahead. France will be the first to leave NATO, then Germany, and Erdogan will puff up his eyes, repeating "2% - here you go! Get out of NATO - again, go out!" And you can at least burst at the seam at the Pentagon with anger - what will you do with it? And there will be a formidable NATO - one and a half triboltic waiters, British special forces, who have not tore the diapers frozen to their asses back in Norway, and Greece, which is practically at war with Turkey.
    1. Pravodel
      Pravodel 8 December 2020 15: 27
      +3
      there will be a formidable NATO - one and a half triboltic waiters

      They forgot about Poland. Where without the hyena of Europe. And who will loot and plunder the dead Triboltians on the battlefield ...
  6. Nikolay Ivanov_5
    Nikolay Ivanov_5 8 December 2020 15: 25
    +2
    Why can't they send the USA with their NATO and finally breathe freely ???
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 8 December 2020 15: 54
      +2
      Quote: Nikolay Ivanov_5
      Why can't they send the USA with their NATO and finally breathe freely ???

      Freedom equals the length of the taut leash. And he pulls on the leash of NATO (more precisely, the United States), and so let go of the leash, and the former "brothers in NATE" will start each other, gnaw at the friend's throat with all the foolishness and cruelty.
    2. Terenin
      Terenin 8 December 2020 16: 24
      +3
      Quote: Nikolai Ivanov_5
      Why can't they send the USA with their NATO and finally breathe freely ???

      To send the owner ... by definition is not possible.
      Oh, here's oats today - dear winked
  7. Egoza
    Egoza 8 December 2020 15: 35
    0
    The USA will play out, that Old Europe will send them far and wide with such applications. They themselves have little money.
  8. HAM
    HAM 8 December 2020 16: 01
    0
    All their Wishlist for the seizure of foreign territories, the Americans are projecting onto Russia, and we would have to deal with our territory correctly ...
  9. rocket757
    rocket757 8 December 2020 16: 40
    0
    Wishlist, this is the case ... can come true, but they can break off.
    In general, a boom to see.
  10. iouris
    iouris 8 December 2020 17: 08
    0
    Well, now they will be admitted to NATO and the Russian Federation.
  11. Doccor18
    Doccor18 8 December 2020 19: 35
    0
    ... claims of the Russian Federation on the territory of Eastern Europe and even Norway ...

    Yeah .. Norway would be great for us ... yes Salmon would be caught in fjords wink
  12. Mykhalych
    Mykhalych 9 December 2020 05: 42
    -1
    The less the US Military Aid Index is, the calmer and cleaner the world will be.
  13. evgen1221
    evgen1221 9 December 2020 08: 28
    -1
    Well, this is expected, barmaleevs of all stripes have learned to plant on self-sufficiency, while earning profit for the owner. Prora apply skill to larger formations.
  14. Avior
    Avior 9 December 2020 11: 41
    +1
    Egor Makhov burns smile
    How the European Union will respond to this simple blackmail and new demands to increase military spending is still unknown.

    And who is the source of this blackmail and demands to increase military spending, to which the European Union must respond?
    and the blackmail, judging by the article, comes from
    American political scientist Andrew Michta writes about this in the article "US Alliances: Decisive Factors in the Confrontation of Great Powers" published in the collection "2021 US Military Power Index".

    Does this need to be taken seriously? Munchausen, I remember at 16-00 declared war on England, and this American "mikhan", it turns out, is so harshly blackmailing the European Union that he must somehow answer smile .