March 25th, 2009

Главком НАТО говорит об ухудшении отношений с Россией:

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.


Коротко своими словами. Креддок выступил в сенате. Сказал, что Москва стремится ослабить трансатлантические структуры, что в ближайшие годы отношения России и НАТО впервые после холодной войны резко обострятся. Россия теперь чаще прибегает к экономическим и военным средствам для достижения своих целей - газовая война с Украиной и военная операция против Грузии.

Нового он ничего не сказал, но важна персона.