NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s recent claims are merely the latest example of the western self-fulfilling prophecy of threatening Russia, and being surprised when she reacts.
According to Sputnik, Stoltenberg said the following in an interview with the Bild newspaper late on Sunday:
“The United States as one of the parties of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) has established that Russia threatens the existence of the treaty and is planning to develop and test a new medium-range missile. Russia, by modernizing its arsenal of nuclear weapons and conducting nuclear drills, risks unleashing a new nuclear arms race in Europe,”
As usual, without context, the NATO statement may seem genuine, however like all talks of missile defense, upon further examination, one can see that the western alliance has initiated a conflict with its own actions towards Russia, and then acts surprised when Russia reacts.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in December that the United States had de facto withdrawn from the treaty, when it deployed the missile launch systems in Romania, so all accusations were intended to present Russia as a treaty violator and use this as a reason for an official withdrawal from the agreement.
Moscow has no intention to withdraw from any treaty shaping international security, Putin stressed.
And there you have it, that is the full story, and upon hearing it, anyone with common sense can see what is happening here. NATO put missiles in Russia’s backyard in an exceptionalist move, feeling genuine its actions are above questioning. Russia responded to the provocation reasonably, simply by preparing and developing reciprocal defenses, and this is somehow a “threat”. If only the west would understand how mild Russia’s actions have actually been.