De NAVO beoordeelt de militaire en economische dreiging die uitgaat van Rusland als groter dan tevoren na de val van de Sovjet-Unie, getuigt de (Amerikaanse) Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
[Opmerkingen: (1) dat heeft ‘het Westen’, inclusief de NAVO, deels aan zichzelf te wijten; (2) het betekent dat de Europese NAVO-landen zich minder onafhankelijk van de VS zullen opstellen; (3) het bemoeilijkt het Westerse streven om met Rusland een front te maken tegenover Iran en t.a.v. Afghanistan/Pakistan.
Russia seems intent on weakening Western institutions and its relations with NATO will likely be more strained in the coming years than at any time since the Cold War ended, NATO’s top commander said on Tuesday.
U.S. Army General John Craddock said Russia’s military action in Georgia last year overturned a basic assumption made by NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union — that no countries were under threat of invasion in Europe or Eurasia.
"That assumption has been now proven false," Craddock, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe, told the U.S. Senate’s armed services committee.
"Russia seems determined (to) see Euro-Atlantic security institutions weakened and has shown a readiness to use economic leverage and military force to achieve its aims," Craddock said in written testimony for the committee.
Russia has pursued a more assertive foreign policy in recent years, strongly criticizing the United States and flexing its military muscle last August by sending troops into Georgia for a brief war over the region of South Ossetia.
Moscow also showed its economic clout by cutting off gas supplies to Europe in January during a dispute with Ukraine.
"Russian leaders, political and military, have signaled that the door remains open to closer cooperation," Craddock said in his written testimony…