NATO Declares Russia Its 'Most Direct Threat'

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

NATO's new strategic concept has officially changed Russia's status in relations with the Alliance and identifies Russia as 'most direct threat' to Allied security.

At the Madrid summit, leaders of NATO countries approved a new strategic concept on June 29.

"The Russian Federation is the most significant and direct threat to Allies' security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area," says the document that defines the new strategy for the upcoming decade.

Meanwhile, it stresses that "NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to the Russian Federation."

The concept does not specify whether the Alliance considers Russia its enemy or adversary but is ready for aggression on its part. "No one should doubt our strength and resolve to defend every inch of Allied territory, preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all Allies and prevail against any aggressor," defines the concept.

The current decision reflects a sharp change in the security situation in Europe due to the war in Ukraine; as in a previous concept adopted in 2010, NATO identified Russia as its strategic partner. It also notes Russia seeks to establish spheres of influence and direct control through coercion, subversion, aggression, and annexation.

"It uses conventional, cyber, and hybrid means against us and our partners. Its coercive military posture, rhetoric, and proven willingness to use force to pursue its political
goals undermine the rules-based international order," stresses NATO.

European Pravda will soon publish an explanation of NATO's new strategic document.

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