The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) must offer Russia to become a member of the bloc. This will help solve all the contradictions in the bilateral relations. The statement was made by Lieutenant General Robert Mood of Norway in his interview to Aftenposten published on January 9.
The possibility of new conflicts in the world will increase if NATO and Russia do not recognize the need for a new period of détente in international relations, the specialist believes.
“Since the end of the Cold War, few new organizations have been created to regulate security issues. The only exception was the creation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). It was preceded by the signing of the Charter of Paris in 1990, in which the European countries recognized that the Cold War was over,” the lieutenant general noted.
Because of the increasing turbulence in world politics and the lack of interaction mechanisms, it is important to reach agreements between NATO and Russia, he said.
“Maybe NATO should really focus more on defense and open its doors to everyone, including Russia, by urging its members to give up bases and nuclear weapons outside their own territory?” – the expert speculates.
According to Mood, NATO may face the threat of new wars if the bloc’s worldview does not change.
Mood warned that creating a distorted image of Russia in popular culture could cause a further deterioration in bilateral relations, as the Russian people “would experience humiliation and express outrage” at the portrayal of Russian characters solely as villains and murderers in books and films.
Earlier, on December 26, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s response to NATO’s eastward expansion could be very different; it depended on the proposals of military experts.
The head of state stressed that Russia put forward its proposals to the United States and NATO on security guarantees not to “strike something and stop something” in terms of this diplomatic process.