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October Cold Snap: Who Needs Russia-NATO Diplomatic Relations

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Sergey Lavrov. Source: duma.gov.ru


Useless dialogue


When relations between potential opponents dominating the planet deteriorate, it makes the rest of the players nervous. Another reason was the rupture of diplomatic relations between Russia and NATO. Since November, Moscow has been freezing contacts with the North Atlantic Alliance, established under President Yeltsin.

On May 27, 1997, the corresponding "Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security" was signed. At that time, the Chief Military Representative of the Russian Federation appeared in Brussels, who, if anything, could be contacted directly. All was well, and the Europeans even promised not to deploy significant forces in new areas.

However, from all points of view, this Act was beneficial to NATO, since it did not forbid the alliance to expand to the east. As you know, two years after the signing of the document, the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary were admitted to the alliance.

Relations between Russia and the international military alliance at all times could hardly be called friendly, but the diplomatic protocol worked relatively successfully until 2014. In connection with the situation in Crimea, the alliance announced that "business as before is impossible" and ceased contacts through the Russia-NATO Council. More precisely, he did not stop completely, but left purely decorative functions - contacts at the level of ambassadors usually ended in mutual accusations without a constructive result.

In 2014, NATO members quickly switched to the former rails of collective defense against hypothetical Russian aggression. However, at the same time, Brussels perfectly understood the importance of a dialogue with Moscow in the military sphere and in the “post-Crimean” period came up with the 3D “Defense and Deterrence and Dialogue” principle. In a loose translation, it sounds like "Russia must be contained, armed against it, but also not to forget about the conversation."

Brussels in this situation is once again talking from a position of strength. The message is very simple - we are rapidly gaining military power in order to dominate the dialogue. Naturally, Moscow was not at all interested in this, and from a certain moment all contacts had a formal function, creating the appearance of constructive communication.

The expert community of Russia, the United States and Europe in 2020, in connection with the rapid cooling of relations, held consulting seminars in the hope of finding points of development of relations. In the final report "Recommendations of the participants in the expert dialogue on reducing the risks of military confrontation between Russia and NATO in Europe", a special role was assigned to the resumption of the political dialogue and the creation of an additional consultative mechanism on the problem of medium-range missiles and missile defense.

The report with appeals was signed by 166 people, and these are far from the latest experts on the military-political horizon. Among the signatories are former NATO foreign ministers, high-ranking diplomatic officials, retired European senior military officials and many Russian specialists in European relations.

The report, in particular, raises the important issue of surprise troop checks and exercises that are regularly conducted by both Russia and NATO countries.

Without the proper level of contacts, who can exclude an inadequate response from the other side?

It will appear to Brussels that the next alarm in the Western Military District is not a training one this time, and they will dare to strike. In this case, the authors of the report propose a certain mechanism of "silent notification" at the levels of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and the Supreme High Command of the European NATO forces. That is, the Russian General Staff, bypassing its own troops, warns NATO bosses in advance about the planned military maneuvers.

European generals should act according to a similar scenario.

The decision is absolutely not new, but it seems that contacts at the level of the high military command are now the only opportunity for dialogue between Moscow and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Official diplomatic dialogues are interrupted.

Retaliatory action


NATO was the first to announce the reduction of bilateral contacts.

In early October, the Europeans went into confrontation, unexpectedly cutting the Russian diplomatic mission in half.

Sky News commented on the move as follows:

“NATO has decided to cut in half Russia's mission to the alliance in response to alleged hostile activities by Russia, including assassination and espionage. Eight diplomats, who are considered undeclared intelligence officers, will be asked to leave, and two more positions will be reduced. "

The key phrase here is "suspected hostile activity."

Once again, Russian representatives are being oppressed abroad without any proof.

By the way, this is not the first attack on diplomats of the Russia-NATO mission - in March 2018, seven employees were expelled, and three more were denied accreditation.

After that, the de facto post of Russia's permanent representative to NATO ceased to exist. The last was Alexander Glushko, who was relieved of his duties as permanent representative in the same 2018.

Now in Brussels after the diplomatic sanctions of the alliance, only ten Russian diplomats were supposed to remain. Moscow decided to take the diplomats home, where they were obviously much more important.

Sergey Lavrov announced:

“In response to NATO's actions, we suspend the work of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the chief military representative. Probably from November 1 - or it will take a few more days. "

From that moment on, the military mission of the North Atlantic Alliance was removed from Russia in full force and the information bureau of the organization was sent out.

If you have any questions, NATO officials can contact the Russian Ambassador to Belgium. Likewise, communications within Russia will be established, if foreign diplomats so wish.

Of particular interest is the closure of the NATO information bureau, which carried out openly propagandistic, if not subversive, activities in Russia. PR specialists of the bureau were actively working with both specialized journalists and non-profit organizations. In the future, this allowed them to create a "correct" information background among the public.

If one can still regret the loss of diplomatic contacts, then one can only rejoice at the departure of the information bureau employees to their homeland. After all, there is an organization's website for anyone eager to learn more about NATO.

The exchange of mirror sanctions, which actually buried diplomatic relations between Russia and NATO, speaks volumes.

Firstly, no one particularly clung to this relationship. They irritated each other, performed a formal function and were just another trump card in endless confrontations. Now, when there are no trump cards to donate, the degree of mutual accusations may decrease.

Secondly, the situation with the closings of missions is an obvious initiative of NATO. When Brussels halves the number of Russian diplomats, should it obviously wait for a symmetrical answer?

The whole theater is designed to aggravate the situation, but gently - on the diplomatic front. The scandal is great for distracting the attention of Europeans from the infamous withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

"Always guilty" in all Russia justifies the clumsiness of the Europeans. No one will really understand what exactly is to blame - critical thinking is not required to perceive such information.

This diplomatic история looks also in connection with gas collapse.

Look, the NATO officials will point out, we just sent a handful of Russian spies to our homeland, and Moscow in hysterics is tearing up all diplomatic ties. It turns out that she is unhappy, which means they did the right thing. And the hypothetical "gas war" is another link in the chain of Russian anti-European hostility.

Given this logic, it is really worth minimizing all peaceful contacts with the belligerent Brussels. Obviously, only the conversations of senior military officials can have a sobering effect on NATO bosses.
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  1. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 21 October 2021 05: 36
    +2
    Sometimes, it is necessary to watch a zomboyaschik. Skabeeva had a General (with a capital letter) who was in charge of relations with NATO. He was given the floor, once and that was all. They even shut their mouths about our response !!!
    1. Civil
      Civil 21 October 2021 06: 58
      +5
      Actually, what can the dialogue be about? Only about Nord Stream 3. There are no other common themes.
      1. Gardamir
        Gardamir 21 October 2021 07: 57
        +2
        When the relationship between potential adversaries
        Strange, but who constantly calls the West partners.
        1. Civil
          Civil 21 October 2021 07: 58
          0
          Quote: Gardamir
          Strange, but who constantly calls the West partners.

          It depends from what point of view you look at.
          1. Gardamir
            Gardamir 21 October 2021 08: 00
            0
            I am only interested in Russia and the opinion of the Russian leadership. The opinion of the West is absolutely not interesting to me.
            1. Civil
              Civil 21 October 2021 08: 01
              -4
              Quote: Gardamir
              I am only interested in Russia and the opinion of the Russian leadership. The opinion of the West is absolutely not interesting to me.

              Isn't the big Russian bourgeoisie interested in it? This is how the ruling class has a majority in parliament.
              1. Gardamir
                Gardamir 21 October 2021 08: 05
                +3
                Isn't the big Russian bourgeoisie interested in it? This is how the ruling class has a majority in parliament.
                Well, that's what I meant.
                1. Boris55
                  Boris55 21 October 2021 08: 43
                  +3
                  Quote: Gardamir
                  Isn't the big Russian bourgeoisie interested in it? This is how the ruling class has a majority in parliament.
                  Well, that's what I meant.

                  And where is it different? laughing

                  Quote: Gardamir
                  I am only interested in Russia and the opinion of the Russian leadership. The opinion of the West is absolutely not interesting to me.

                  Russia is not on another planet.
              2. Genry
                Genry 21 October 2021 08: 56
                -5
                Quote: Civil
                This is how the ruling class has a majority in parliament.

                Are you all about the "class struggle"?
                And about the oppression of homeless people did not want to say anything? lol
                1. Vladimir Mashkov
                  Vladimir Mashkov 23 October 2021 13: 13
                  0
                  Finally, de jure, something happened that had long been de facto. This had to be done much earlier and to break the shameful capitulation to the West Yeltsin's "Act", which from the very beginning was violated by the West. Forces were not enough before. Now they got stronger and said their "feh". I like and approve! good
      2. bk0010
        bk0010 21 October 2021 19: 10
        -1
        Nafig-nafig! After the orgy that they arranged around SP-2 - only gas carriers! They can be quickly routed to sane consumers if Brussels shits again. And the price of liquefied gas is a European problem, not ours. We even have an advantage with liquefied gas: it is cheaper to make and store it in the cold.
        1. Vadim237
          Vadim237 21 October 2021 22: 40
          +1
          Here, for Brussels and for the EU as a whole, not the best news came. Asia can buy all the LNG produced from the United States this winter, in fact, the first will be left on dry rations in the form of an even sharper shortage of electricity and heat.
  2. Boris55
    Boris55 21 October 2021 08: 41
    +9
    It is always better when Lavrov speaks than Shoigu would say. The West is in a deep crisis and, as usual, sees a way out of this situation in war. There is no point in talking to a deaf person.
  3. bandabas
    bandabas 21 October 2021 08: 47
    +1
    Another division of spheres to get the dough between the capitalists. Nothing personal, just money. And it's not about nations.
    1. blackberry
      blackberry 21 October 2021 11: 12
      +20
      Yes, only if something happens, the foreheads of the slaves will crack
  4. Daniil Konovalenko
    Daniil Konovalenko 21 October 2021 09: 12
    +5
    And so both NATO and Russia breathed a sigh of relief after the break in relations. Nobody owes anyone. Do what you want.
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  6. riwas
    riwas 21 October 2021 10: 00
    +4
    October Cold Snap: Who Needs Russia-NATO Diplomatic Relations

    Meaning? They did not hold back NATO in any way.
  7. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 21 October 2021 10: 03
    +11
    Since November, Moscow has been freezing contacts with the North Atlantic Alliance, established under President Yeltsin.
    It would be my will to close everything "created" under President Yeltsin!
    1. Pilot
      Pilot 21 October 2021 10: 48
      0
      If you mean all the foreign bourgeois hangouts where the bruise dragged Russia into, then if you leave the khan to the homegrown bourgeoisie, if you leave them, they will completely excommunicate the global bourgeois church and betray anathema. Recently, there has already been a rumor that Russia can be recognized as a non-market country, with all the ensuing consequences for the ruling bourgeois class. In the meantime, they only let bread on the doorstep, they whine, partners, but from the doorway, no, no ... sad
    2. Tugarin
      Tugarin 23 October 2021 07: 18
      +22
      Quote: Vladimir61
      It would be my will to close everything "created" under President Yeltsin!

      By the way, the current head of state was also first nominated by Yeltsin.
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    2. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 21 October 2021 16: 48
      +1
      Well done, I thought. And I'm retired, it's nothing. Yes, work allows you to sit in the tyrnete.
  9. prior
    prior 21 October 2021 10: 19
    0
    Dialogue with NATO can only be about NATO surrender.
    What else to negotiate with the enemy?
  10. askort154
    askort154 21 October 2021 12: 20
    0
    Although NATO is a military-political alliance, it is overly politicized. All words such as "threats", "aggression", "hostile activity", etc., are born within its walls and are replicated in all engaged Western media.
    If the military did not restrain the political hawks and those who like to make money in the war, the security situation in the world would be clearly catastrophic.
  11. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 21 October 2021 12: 27
    -1
    Another round dances around a useless organization. The West needed all this as a boltological lever covering its actual strategy of embracing us with new NATO states and its infrastructure. We needed all of this as a potential tool for establishing contacts (including intelligence ones), expressing dissatisfaction, as another career-political springboard that inflates people and generates a hurray-agenda. Perhaps initially there were hopes on our part to resolve some issues quietly, without reputational damage to us or NATO - but in this area all hopes quickly dissipated because NATO did not care about our or our reputation damage, but we quickly realized that if we do not from time to time crush a tasty bun, then in the info field the Council itself will not be indicated at all)

    In general, following the obsolescence of a number of relics from the 80s-90s, this advice is probably waiting for some kind of transformation or decay. The world and the situation are changing in leaps and bounds, but we still imagine ourselves and our influence as it was at best the day before yesterday.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 21 October 2021 12: 49
    +3
    The presence of our mission in NATO and we have their press center, how did that change the plans for the confrontation? In fact, NATO wants to use this screen in their brains, they say we are for peace, our representatives are solving joint tasks, but in fact, behind their backs they are preparing plans for joining new members, for inciting hatred and preparing coups, for openly supplying arms to thugs
  13. Hypatius
    Hypatius 21 October 2021 14: 26
    -1
    It's weird anyway. "in response to actions .." It was weak to voice what such actions were? In general, with the doctrine of the fascization of the Earth and the NWO, it is time to disband NATO and organize UN troops to drive humanity into concentration camps. And this must be done not with our own armies, but on a watch basis, with someone else's hands.
  14. p0pulivox
    p0pulivox 21 October 2021 19: 35
    -1
    Quote: Boris55
    The West is in a deep crisis and, as usual, sees a way out of this situation in war. There is no point in talking to a deaf person.

    And what are we deep in? In this very ..., ahh, well, yes, on the rise! winked
  15. Hypatius
    Hypatius 21 October 2021 20: 16
    -4
    Lots of words, but little meaning. Lavrov's reason is unfriendly actions. Which? In an article about 2014 ... It's funny, like they thought for 7 years
    1. not main
      not main 21 October 2021 22: 56
      0
      Quote: Hypatius
      Lots of words, but little meaning. Lavrov's reason is unfriendly actions. Which? In an article about 2014 ... It's funny, like they thought for 7 years

      Did you just wake up? Good day ... I wanted to write in the morning.
  16. Observer2014
    Observer2014 22 October 2021 21: 19
    +1
    October Cold Snap: Who Needs Russia-NATO Diplomatic Relations
    Yes, we need it. Everyone and they need it too! For everything is from the evil one when they say burn it all. And they will start the third world war. All at once will not be laughing. And suddenly everyone will want to live.
  17. zemela
    zemela 30 October 2021 10: 55
    -1
    It seems that our leadership is afraid to respond in full force. On the other hand, diplomacy has always required patience.