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The Times: Russia has long warned against NATO's eastward expansion

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The Times: Russia has long warned against NATO's eastward expansion

For years, the Russian authorities have warned the West that the strategy of expanding the North Atlantic alliance to the east would be a mistake. This is written by the British edition of The Times.


Back in 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin told British Prime Minister Tony Blair that he did not want to present himself as an opponent of NATO. Russia has long warned the West that the expansion of the North Atlantic alliance to the east will entail retaliatory measures. Marshal Igor Sergeyev, then Russian Defense Minister, spoke to Western colleagues about the risky consequences of expanding the alliance.

However, Western countries ignored the position of the Russian leadership regarding the inadmissibility of the alliance's advance to the east. The leadership of NATO was not interested in negotiating with Russia, since the strategy of eastward expansion in the North Atlantic Alliance had been developed long ago and sought to follow it. As a result, now, in addition to the former Warsaw Pact countries, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have already joined NATO, Sweden and Finland are preparing to join, and Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine are in the orbit of the alliance's interests.

What consequences this led to, we can now observe on the example of Ukraine. We should not forget that the West has clearly underestimated the economic and military capabilities of Russia, continuing to treat our country as if it had frozen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, a lot has been done over the past twenty years, and the fact that the Russian economy has withstood massive Western sanctions is a typical example of this.
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  1. Pharmacist
    Pharmacist 30 December 2022 11: 42
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    I did not understand the meaning of the article stating well-known facts.
    1. Bingo
      Bingo 30 December 2022 11: 48
      +3
      Then I will explain ... In the UK, there has long been a mass migration from the Baltic states, mainly to fish factories on the outskirts or the like

      So there now everything is very meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    2. hydrox
      hydrox 30 December 2022 11: 55
      +5
      It was simply surprising to the author that the British media, without grimaces and grimace, recognized the truth without wrapping it in a fake blanket - this is really fantastic.
    3. Guran33 Sergey
      Guran33 Sergey 30 December 2022 12: 10
      +2
      This is not for us .. This enlightens their readers, apparently the smarter ones ask the question: why did the Russians (suddenly for them) climb into the fight with such a handsome, photogenic handsome man, their housewives' favorite character against the background of cans, boris (emphasis on the first O )
    4. orionvitt
      orionvitt 30 December 2022 12: 10
      +1
      Quote from Pharmacist
      I did not understand the meaning of the article stating well-known facts.

      The point is that even such odious and irreconcilable publications as The Times are beginning to backfire. Like we were warned.
    5. Cananecat
      Cananecat 30 December 2022 12: 53
      +1
      Quote from Pharmacist
      I did not understand the meaning of the article stating well-known facts.

      The point is that they have realized that Russia will have to be negotiated, not ignored.
      What is now a revelation for them is an established fact for us. This is how we perceive their words.
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 30 December 2022 11: 45
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    The West clearly underestimated the economic and military capabilities of Russia, continuing to treat our country as if it had frozen in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
    It is only in our hands. Let their eksperdts continue their work in the same spirit)) bully
    1. faiver
      faiver 30 December 2022 12: 03
      -1
      It's only in our hands
      - how many have already been buried, and how many of our soldiers have been crippled, but what does it do for you?
      1. Guran33 Sergey
        Guran33 Sergey 30 December 2022 12: 12
        -1
        We are paying for the shortsightedness of 15 years.
      2. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 30 December 2022 20: 03
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        Quote: faiver
        - how many have already been buried, and how many of our soldiers have been crippled, but what does it do for you?

        It is true, only in May 1945, the war did not end, it only began to continue and continues to this day. The West will not give Russia peace, either they or she.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 30 December 2022 11: 56
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    Western countries ignored the position of the Russian leadership
    Complete disregard for Russian proposals, coupled with accusations and threats, is the principle of supposedly diplomatic relations between Western countries and Russia.
    1. Bingo
      Bingo 30 December 2022 12: 04
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      This works both ways. A simple example is that Britain is terribly energy deficient, without a nuclear power plant they are fucked, they themselves recognized this and launched a program for the revival of nuclear power plants. And no one, damn it, is capable of building them! That's just stupid - no one. Areva and Westinghouse have been feeding customers breakfast for 20 years, but they haven’t done shit to this day, and both managed to go bankrupt in the process. But the Russian Federation will not build it either - and who is itching for this? Probably for those who are cold. Yes, already, I suppose, the record for 1 pensioner who died from the cold every seven minutes has been broken. They had one back in 2013.
      1. 2 Level Advisor
        2 Level Advisor 30 December 2022 12: 32
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        Quote from Bingo
        And no one, damn it, is capable of building them! That's just stupid - no one. Areva and Westinghouse have been feeding customers breakfast for 20 years, but they haven’t done shit to this day, and both managed to go bankrupt in the process. But the Russian Federation will not build it either - and who is itching for this?

        Are you lying all over again? nuclear power plants are being built now, except for the USA (in China even now 2 stations are being built) and the Russian Federation: Korea, Japan, China, France .. as you can see, the choice is not between: - either the Russian Federation or the USA .. but there are others, if necessary. yes, and I’m sure, small-shaven people behind the construction of a nuclear power plant - they would NEVER turn to the Russian Federation .. Again, you didn’t study the issue before approval hi
        1. Bingo
          Bingo 30 December 2022 12: 53
          +1
          Quote: Level 2 Advisor
          Are you lying all over again? nuclear power plants are being built now, except for the USA

          Well, you made a mistake here twice already, you understand? In the USA, Westinghouse will soon be building the Vogtl nuclear power plant for 20 years, 2 units and somewhere else 2 units - and they can’t build a damn thing, where else is it being built? And, 2 blocks in Finland - Areva? It will also be 20 years soon, they have already refused to build one reactor, they have not launched the second, although under the contract - they were obliged in 2010, then in 2015? Well, where else? in China, the joke is that Westinghouse could not be built, the Chinese built it, COMPLETELY reworking the project - and they will not build it in Britain. Where else with troyat? In Bulgaria? They don't build! In India? They don't build like that either! Contracts signed, in India in 2006 - build, aphids, no one can! The United States itself cannot, not like India and Bulgaria.
          There in China, that was the joke - Westinghouse built something and tried to hand over the object as completed - and there it cascaded ... It broke - this is when the wheel was blown away, and not the cart fell apart, but there it was ... The Chinese had to to dismantle everything and do the same MCP from scratch yourself, they say, well, you go south, striped friends, go further than the Japanese Fukushima. Although Fukushima was built in the 60s, they have already forgotten how it is done, just like in the USA - not a single block has been built for over 40 years - but they just don’t know how!
          1. 2 Level Advisor
            2 Level Advisor 30 December 2022 16: 04
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            Quote from Bingo
            And no one, damn it, is capable of building them! That's just stupid - no one.

            I answered it! You said that we are also building striped nuclear power plants, but the striped ones have forgotten how, and we won’t, so there is no one .. but meanwhile, apart from the Russian Federation and the USA, nuclear power plants are being built
            Quote: Level 2 Advisor
            Korea, Japan, China, France..

            so you can contact any of them.
            therefore, it is now unnecessary to expose my words as support for the striped ones - and dissemble once again wink
          2. Alexprint1.Aleksandr
            Alexprint1.Aleksandr 31 December 2022 08: 52
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            Before the Fukushima accident, it was assumed by default that Japanese nuclear power plants were the most reliable ...
  4. Fizik13
    Fizik13 30 December 2022 15: 37
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    The Times: Russia has long warned against NATO's eastward expansion

    After the completion of YOUR SCRIPTER, the Balts will come!
    1. 2 Level Advisor
      2 Level Advisor 30 December 2022 16: 06
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      for you - CBO, it seems akin to a computer game on the screen, judging by the comments .. however, like many ..
    2. Danske75
      Danske75 31 December 2022 14: 31
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      After the termination of "SVO" you will no longer threaten anyone.
  5. cniza
    cniza 30 December 2022 18: 28
    +1
    What consequences this led to, we can now observe on the example of Ukraine.


    And how many more changes and surprises will be, get ready ...