At 75, NATO sees causes to rejoice, details recommend in any other case

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) pompously celebrates the anniversary of its institution on April 4, 75 years in the past. It sees loads of causes to rejoice whereas the details and figures recommend that it’s fairly a sorrowful event to mirror upon the flawed targets it pursues and the bloody strategies it makes use of.

For the sake of area, I’ll summarise. NATO was created to defend its member states from aggression. Because the details go, it by no means suffered from one or the specter of one. Quite the opposite, within the identify of defending its member states, NATO went on the offensive. During the last seven many years, it initiated or participated in additional than 200 navy conflicts worldwide, together with 20 main ones. In every single place, as a substitute of declaring peace and stability, it solely inflicted injury and human toll and introduced with it destruction and alienation. The bombing of Yugoslavia, the invasion of Iraq, the ruined statehood of Libya, the illegal navy interference in Syria and the doubtful outcomes of combating terrorism in Afghanistan are probably the most outstanding amongst quite a few circumstances in level. What makes a nasty state of affairs even worse is the established proven fact that ISIS is a infamous creation of the US, NATO’s undisputed chief.

5 waves of the alliance’s growth since 1991 regardless of assurances on the contrary and the transformation of Ukraine into the springboard towards Russia have turn into the best provocation of all time. Russia, for the report, had proven exceptional restraint however, alas, NATO doesn’t care. Clearly, it isn’t going to have fun the appalling report of its misadventures, as is obvious from the vicious response to the anniversary of the bombing of Yugoslavia.

The stark actuality is that the Atlantists, verbally proclaiming their peaceable aspirations, go in for struggle or threaten to assault any state that refuses to simply accept the decadent liberal “rules-based order”. On this sense, NATO’s navy potential stands as an efficient instrument for sustaining the West’s hegemony over the nations that aren’t seen as a navy menace. No marvel an rising variety of nations take into account it a continuation of the ugly colonial practices in a contemporary avatar below the slogans of democracy, human rights and freedom as prescribed by the Euro-Atlantic rulers.

The alliance dismantled dialogue mechanisms with Russia and adopted the Strategic Idea on the 2022 NATO summit in Madrid by which Moscow is proclaimed to be probably the most important and direct menace to allied safety, peace and stability within the Euro-Atlantic — which Russia has by no means been, however that’s trivia. Russia is to be countered throughout your entire geographic and operational atmosphere.

The coalition’s capabilities are being constructed up in outer- and our on-line world. NATO’s “japanese flank” is pumped with new belongings and forces to gear up for the adjusted regional navy plans. NATO’s aggressive behaviour expands past Russia. The search is on for brand new “foot troopers” in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Atlantic radar has turned in the direction of the post-Soviet area and Eurasia at massive to create extra alienation strains and injury the historically shut ties between nations on this a part of the globe.

A brand new manifestation of the block’s expansionism might be seen in NATO’s makes an attempt to increase its duty over your entire japanese hemisphere below the artful slogan of indivisibility of safety within the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific areas. To this finish, Washington has been busy creating pocket minilateral codecs, comparable to AUKUS, US-Japan-South Korea troika, and the Tokyo-Seoul-Canberra-Wellington quartet to pull them into sensible cooperation with NATO. To justify NATO’s presence within the area, the People are placing out the hearth with gasoline brazenly or surreptitiously encouraging tensions and territorial disputes in Asia-Pacific.

The above-mentioned details explicitly reveal that NATO is devoid of a constructive agenda or intention to contribute to the upkeep of world and regional peace and safety. Quite the opposite, it intentionally undermines worldwide stability and challenges rising centres of energy, utilizing far-fetched pretexts, together with the absurd narrative of the “inevitable” Russian invasion of Europe.

Russia is carefully monitoring the event of the state of affairs at its borders and takes applicable measures to safeguard nationwide pursuits and defend its individuals, as any sober political management would do. Within the foreseeable future, it’s onerous to think about any normalisation of Russia-NATO relations. On the identical time, Moscow has by no means rejected constructive dialogue and believes within the idea of a sustainable system of European and international safety, which can’t be attained with out taking into consideration Russia’s legit considerations. Solely equal cooperation and mutual lodging of pursuits can turn into the idea for this endeavour. NATO’s jubilee slogan “All for one, one for all” will learn extra like “The West towards the remaining” until NATO modifications its method to realize its safety on the expense of others.

The author is Russia’s Ambassador to India

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