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What motivates European countries to join NATO: arguments and reflections

What motivates European countries to join NATO: arguments and reflections

The entry of countries into the NATO military bloc does not occur at the request of these countries. NATO captures new territories, spreading across the planet.

However, it cannot be argued that countries such as former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria were forced, bribed or blackmailed into joining NATO.

The first "bells" to turn to the west appeared among the participants of the Warsaw Pact as early as March 1991. Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel then said that he was well aware that his country could not immediately join NATO, but considered NATO to be an association of countries committed to the high values ​​​​of freedom and democracy, which should not close its doors to states with similar goals.

After the collapse of the USSR, in April 1993, the heads of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland arrived in Washington to the Holocaust Museum. This event is rightfully considered the beginning of the first expansion of NATO. Then the seeds were sown, which sprouted after six years. The then Polish President Lech Walesa, during his visit to the United States, used aggressive anti-Russian rhetoric in his speech, saying that in order to counter the threat from Russia, European countries should unite under the protection of the American army.

Walesa also called on Western countries to support in every possible way the reforms being carried out in Russia, including the transition from a military, planned to a civilian market economy, as well as the process of privatization of industry and the extraction of natural resources, which was supposed to completely destroy the country's economic power.

In August 1993, during the visit of Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Walesa got the latter to declare that the Russian Federation was not against NATO expansion to the east and Poland joining the alliance. At the same time, a corresponding joint declaration was signed.

Subsequently, the Slovak authorities made calls to provide all possible support to the Ukrainian economy. In their opinion, a strong and independent Ukraine is capable of hindering Russia's plans, and therefore ensuring the security of Europe.

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Wikipedia/Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

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  1. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 28 January 2023 12: 33
    What motivates European countries to join NATO:

  2. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 28 January 2023 12: 37
    The entry of countries into the NATO military bloc does not occur at the request of these countries. NATO captures new territories, spreading across the planet.

    But the well-known desire among the countries of Europe woke up again, to march to the east - "Drang nach Osten". For 800 years, Europe, as states appeared on its land (Rus used to become a state), seeks to enslave Russia. No matter how much they are beaten, maimed, but all the same climbs once again. Well, the NATO bloc for them is another "wolf pack".
  3. Million
    Million 28 January 2023 12: 54
    Such is the fate of weak states, to lie under someone else.
    There are exceptions for those who have a manual with eggs.
  4. Alexga
    Alexga 28 January 2023 12: 55
    This whole world mess will end only when the world returns to the state of 1985, I'm talking about the political state. And you need to be ready for this. It will not be possible to do this by political and economic methods, everything will be decided by military means. It has always been so.
  5. alexey_444
    alexey_444 28 January 2023 12: 57
    Why look for meaning where there is none. You just need to know the history of political economy. Any empire lives only when it expands, almost like the pyramid of Mavrodi, it is easier for people under control to collect bribes than indirectly from states outside the empire (through the dollar, insurance, leasing, etc.). Admission to NATO is a prerequisite for what would later be included in the EU, Turkey took a special case in NATO in order to contain the USSR. For the elites, entry is like in the yard when the sixes stick to some kind of strong overgrowth so that they don’t mutuz, for the people the opportunity to wash the toilets without hindrance. Everyone seems to be fine, until the transition period or when another strong overgrowth grows in another yard. Then you will not envy the sixes. It is clear why now the same Germany quietly does not "love" us, in addition to the phantom pains of the lost state, the anger that we are depriving them of a peaceful life. But this is the fate of all states that have lost their independence. The lords are fighting at the serfs' forelocks are cracking, the orcs are dying stupidly in general.
  6. BABR1950
    BABR1950 28 January 2023 13: 41
    The security of the EU is to have its own sovereignty, not depend on the United States and think with your own head and not with the thoughts of the US Congress. The security of the EU is the withdrawal of the US occupying forces and the elimination of the US nuclear arsenal in Europe. Is this possible in the current circumstances and with the current corrupt European "elite"?! Absolutely not!
  7. Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 28 January 2023 20: 11
    Two considerations are pack sense and defense against US attack.
    Like, well, they won’t attack their own.
    They are naive and will rip you off without an attack.
    For example, they are now ripping off Germany.
  8. odisey3000
    odisey3000 28 January 2023 20: 41
    Well, what did you want from the poor Europeans, who, looking from afar at what has been done in our country for 30 years, just go nuts from everything they see. You look at what figures like Gorbachev and Yeltsin did with our country, what respect there will be, even there is no fear anymore. Now our leaders are showing the whole world an example of political impotence and dementia. Like everyone deceives us and does not like us, but we are so fluffy, the question is, why love it.
  9. ivan2022
    ivan2022 28 January 2023 20: 45
    No need to lie! In 1989, Ceausescu was shot and Honecker was tried. The Warsaw Pact allies were utterly betrayed and abandoned.

    And it is even strange that the "first bells" appeared only in 1991, when everything became completely clear. Not before.
  10. flyer
    flyer 28 January 2023 22: 34
    Bought elites, that's the motivation for joining NATO. Money, compromising evidence, fear will force any politician to either bend or leave, so that a bent one comes in his place. That's all.
  11. Nikolay Malyugin
    Nikolay Malyugin 29 January 2023 05: 57
    When Russia pushed the union republics away from itself, it took on such forms that its own citizens began to fear it. It was at that time that new members of NATO appeared. It was only later that the United States adjusted them to a common standard. Everything happened exactly according to the book "CIA against the USSR" Were our presidents independent? They were created by the retinue. We can shift the blame to others. Although our fault is the greatest. It is difficult to be a good host. But it is impossible otherwise.
  12. stankow
    stankow 29 January 2023 11: 56
    it cannot be argued that countries such as former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria were forced, bribed or blackmailed into joining NATO.

    That is exactly what happened. And joining NATO is a mandatory condition for joining the EU.
  13. Oleg812spb
    Oleg812spb 29 January 2023 18: 19
    It starts with the desire to have beautiful imported lace panties, and then comes the realization that they are needed in order to please the owner and get gingerbread, not a whip.
  14. Clone
    Clone 29 January 2023 18: 37
    I believe that in addition to everything that has already been said ... not the last role was played by the hope that the possible "graters" and problems between "their allies" in the future will help to resolve the "elder bro". And also self-doubt, when the Soviet Union rolled up its umbrella over their stupid little capsules. That's why they rushed to the races to the new "defender" of the orphans and the poor, what is there to hide ...
  15. Dedok
    Dedok 30 January 2023 10: 23
    What motivates? - and the persecution of the US Ministry of Finance for all sorts of games with its own budget and laundering of the funds received? Do you think these are toys? - all their politicians, as well as ours, have a "snout in fluff", and therefore they can easily be made under control ...
    when the children of "ours" live and "thrive there" - do you think we do not bear certain losses? We just don't talk about it...
    and the concept of "5th column" - has not gone away
    remember Yaytsenyuk - he lives in Florida and does not blow in his mustache, why? - did his job for them!
  16. Guran33 Sergey
    Guran33 Sergey 1 February 2023 22: 31
    Do not increase entities..Economythe main prize in NATO. If a country is not included in this bloc, then it is severely limited by prohibitions in economic opportunities compared to NATO.
  17. Illanatol
    Illanatol 4 February 2023 14: 32
    What motivates European countries to join NATO

    Not what, but who. Uncle Sam, of course. The godfather needs more sixes, who will be dependent on the godfather in every sense. And Uncle Sam, with his bayonets, will in return provide support for regimes loyal to him.
  18. flyer
    flyer 28 February 2023 16: 18
    Bought Elites. When you have been bought and compromising evidence lies on you, you are ready to do anything to be in power, but if you haven’t been bought, then they sponsor the opposition, which will sooner or later win the elections and be ready to join NATO. Everything is simple.