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Something North Atlantic is happening in South America


The left-wing leaders of Latin America painfully perceived Colombia’s plans to begin a rapprochement with NATO, the final goal of which the country's president, Juan Manuel Santos, called joining the alliance. In Washington, on the other hand, they declared support for Bogota "as an influential member of many international organizations, to which NATO could well belong." However, the alliance explains: to begin with, at least theoretical talk about the expansion of NATO beyond Europe and North America, it is necessary to change the basic document - the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949.

The scandal erupted after the end of last week, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced: in June, the country's Defense Ministry and NATO sign an agreement on the exchange of secret information, which will allow "to begin the process of rapprochement and cooperation with a further goal to join Colombia in the alliance." “We have the right to think on a larger scale and the reasons to be the best is not only in the region, but in the whole world,” the president added.

Bogota’s plans have found support from a key member of NATO, the United States. According to the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemispheres, Robert Jacobson, President Santos’s statement is "a deep reflection of Colombia’s increased capabilities and willingness to act at the global level as an ally." According to Ms. Jacobson, Washington supports Bogota as "an active and influential member of many international organizations, which could well include NATO."

Colombian neighbors in Latin America reacted very negatively to its NATO ambitions. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called the decision of Bogota "a dagger strike in the heart of the peoples of the continent." And he added: NATO is known only by the fact that "it is bombing, killing, destroying," while the countries of Latin America are striving for peace. “The actions of Colombia are aggression, provocation, conspiracy against anti-imperialist governments,” the Bolivian leader Evo Morales is convinced, calling for an emergency meeting of the Security Council of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to be convened. And Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was the least diplomatic, saying: "In this world, fools are not respected, kowtowing to empires." Earlier, Mr. Maduro claimed that the Colombian authorities planned to poison him, kill the head of the National Assembly Diosdado Cabello and "attack the Venezuelan military."

However, NATO believes that the Latin American left has nothing to worry about. As the source explained in Kommersant, the talk about potential Colombian membership is meaningless, since the 10 article of the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington in 1949, says: "any European state that can contribute to security can join NATO region ". "If the countries of South America began to join NATO, it would be a completely different organization," the Kommersant source said, adding: "The challenges facing the alliance are global, so we are developing cooperation with other regions in every way."

Taking into account the reaction of Brussels and its neighbors, the Colombian authorities tried to clarify the words of President Santos. As Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón stated in an interview with the newspaper El Tiempo, the matter concerns only the prospects of "associate membership" in the alliance. However, the source of "Kommersant" in Brussels recalled: this format of cooperation in NATO, in contrast to the European Union, is not provided.
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  1. Greyfox
    Greyfox 5 June 2013 11: 13
    Colombia decided to hurry up and replace the Afghan "gerych" in NATO with its high-quality "coke"! Otherwise, after 2014, breaking is inevitable! laughing
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 5 June 2013 14: 27
      Nothing exactly one year later in May 2014, the presidential election will be held in Colombia.
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    2. esaul
      esaul 5 June 2013 14: 29
      The title of the article is aerobatics! good
      And the first comment is not inferior to him good
      Greyfox (3) removed 100500 pluses from the tongue! "Columbarium" is not able to cope with its cartels. One hope is NAT. But, they are mistaken, the wretches. NATA is the main drug dealer. All the power of the West is at their service - and planes, and steamships, and factories ...
  2. Vtel
    Vtel 5 June 2013 11: 14
    “We have the right to think bigger and the reasons to be the best - not only in the region, but throughout the world,” added Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

    One more was treated for green grandmothers, and because of him a henchman all people will suffer. Kaspers learned to wage info-wars without firing a shot - bam, bam and into the ladies.
    1. domovoi
      domovoi 5 June 2013 11: 41
      so what? know how to do things. while Russia will write off loans and sell resources for paper, the United States will print another 500 trillion and will distribute to anyone and buy anyone. and nobody can do anything.
    2. esaul
      esaul 5 June 2013 14: 37
      Quote: Vtel
      Kaspers learned how to wage info-wars without firing a shot - bam, bam and damn

      Greetings Ros. "In the queens" is not always the case with kosher. There was a bummer with Russia in the Syrian issue. Today I read Pirmanov's article "Syria, let me smoke! Russia again!" with rare pleasure. Well done - Pirmanov!
  3. SCS
    SCS 5 June 2013 11: 21
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was the least diplomatic, saying: "This world does not respect fools who creep before empires."

    and Maduro well done!

    "If the countries of South America began to join NATO, it would be a completely different organization

    it’s not necessary to enter into an alliance, close cooperation is enough to force neighbors to strain! the stupid vector of the Colombian president ... the country will be a bargaining chip in global disputes! not to be friends and collaborate with those .....
  4. Apollo
    Apollo 5 June 2013 11: 22
    Why does the President of Colombia have full or associate membership in NATO ?! It’s not a secret for anyone that he (Juan Manuel Santos) is playing the role of the United States Six in Latin America. .Who is who.
    SPIRITofFREEDOM 5 June 2013 11: 31
    American cocks are already pulling a snout there !!!
    Bullshit fuckers
    In the wake of the Middle East, they want to sink Latin America in their blood too!
    1. Apologet insane
      Apologet insane 5 June 2013 12: 58
      In fact, they have been operating there for a long time and regularly, even before the Middle East.
  6. waisson
    waisson 5 June 2013 11: 33
    to voluntarily become the bedrock of American democracy and the flag in their hands, yes, the rocker in ... they’ll wish for it
    1. domovoi
      domovoi 5 June 2013 11: 42
      they will spare nothing ... the United States will print money, give it ... all in chocolate. the rest will also want to, you see. some are ready for anything.
  7. IRBIS
    IRBIS 5 June 2013 11: 52
    "... the ultimate goal of which President Juan Manuel Santos has called joining the alliance."

    Thus confirming that the best cocaine is still produced in Colombia ...
    Let him go, miracle grass ....
  8. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 5 June 2013 13: 31
    Give time and we will arrange for you, too, on the continent "orange and so on" revolutions (as you do here) and there are a lot of embers on the continent ..
  9. individual
    individual 5 June 2013 13: 46
    Bogotá wants NATO, Colombia doesn’t really, the charter does not allow it. But you can rename it to WATO (World Atlantic Pacific Organization).
    I give the label for free.
    In general, it is high time for Japan, the Afghan Taliban with Al-Qaeda, the Islamic Renaissance Party of the Muslim militant wing, the Kurdish Workers' Party, Maoist organizations, and the Red Brigades to join there.
    That will be cocktail of american democracy.
    am wassat am
  10. teodorh
    teodorh 5 June 2013 13: 56
    Colombia could become a non-aligned ally of NATO. Some states already have this status.
  11. builder
    builder 5 June 2013 14: 40
    Colombia Pop Gapon South America.
  12. La hire
    La hire 6 June 2013 10: 35
    Clearly, another bought.
    By the way, Venezuela and Brazil do not accidentally want to join the CSTO?