- Russia believes that NATO is threat to the world.
- US believes Russia is the threat.
- The US president does not want the Cold War scenario with Russia.
The Russian Gosduma made a statement pertaining the NATO actions, which pose political and military threats not only to Russia, but also to the whole world. Moscow naturally wants to weaken the alliance. The statement was made by the First Deputy Head of the State Duma Committee on the International Affairs Dmitry Novikov. It is important to point out Novikov is a member of the communist party and not a member of the Russian president Vladimir Putin United Russia party.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949
According to Novikov, the desire should be natural not only for Russia, but also for other “sensible countries”, since the alliance poses serious threats and risks to the whole world. “It is another matter whether Russia is engaged in this purposefully, whether we have such opportunities.”
Clearly, the sensible countries that Novikov is referring to is China, Venezuela and Cuba. In addition, “During the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the alliance was preserved, and after the collapse of the USSR, it continued to persistently and confidently prove its aggressiveness.”
The Warsaw Pact was created in reaction to the integration of West Germany into NATO in 1955 per the London and Paris Conferences of 1954, but it is also considered to have been motivated by Soviet desires to maintain control over military forces in Central and Eastern Europe.
Essentially, the Warsaw Pact was used to withstand NATO by the communist nations. In the 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved, the Warsaw. Pact nations joined NATO. Novikov went even further, in his understanding, NATO does not have a right to exist, after the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.
Moreover, the statement is made after the US President Joe Biden specifically targeted Russia in his commentary. Biden accused Russia of attacking the West and finding ways to weaken NATO. The Biden administration believes that Russia and US will have challenging relations.
The US believes that for Russia, it is easier to intimidate individual countries. The country in question is Ukraine. Ukraine has enough internal turmoil without Russia. Ukraine looks at the US as the financial sponsor. In turn, the West is interested in Ukraine, due to its geographical location in the proximity to Russia. Ukraine is the buffer zone between the NATO members and Russia.
At present, Ukraine is in the dire scenario. The current president Volodymyr Zelensky is barely hanging on to the power and thus far avoided non confidence vote. He will not be re-elected for another term. Given, his politics, Zelensky will no longer be able to go back to his previous career is an actor in the comedy genre. Majority of the Zelensky roles in the cinematography were in Russia.
The US president does not want the scenario similar to the Cold War. At present, the EU is very close to pushing Russia back into the Cold War scenario, regardless what Biden states. The sanctions looming against the Russian oligarchs, will actually push Russia to close off.
If Russia removes the Western social media and will inflict the Great Firewall of China, it would be very difficult for the US to gain information and fully understand the internal nuances of Russia. Radio Liberty is very vital to the West and it could be restricted in the new realm.
For the first time, the US president spoke at the Munich Security Conference, which was held for the first time in the virtual format between February 19-20. During the speech, Biden addressed Russia and reassured US support to the EU.
Overall, it is clear, if the Navalny situation will continue to be addressed by the West, the relations with Russia could be non-existent.