posted on Nov, 29 2011 @ 07:07 AM
Originally posted by daaskapital
So, hopefully, nothing serious arises from this eastward expansion, but if it does, it will probably become a #storm between NATO and Russia. This
could get interesting. What does ATS think?
The expansion of NATO has happened. It happened some time ago.
Russians are still bitter and twisted that as soon as some countries who had suffered under Soviet (read Russian) tyranny were released they ran into
the arms of the West.
The East and the West have always had a border. That border moved eastward. It does not automatically mean that the threat of nuclear war increased,
it just meant Russian influence has declined.
The only place NATO could further expand would be into Belarus and the Ukraine. The authoritarian Belarus is already shackled into the Russian-led
Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Ukraine seems to play the West and Russia off against each other, although there seem to be closer
ties developing between the EU and NATO. Russian loss of direct influence in the Ukraine would certainly cause Russians to be narked off as this
would further demonstrate the erosion of their place in the world.
That’s what all what this is about - Russia’s loss of influence. What can Russia offer? Not much apart from a gas pipeline and the remembrance
of a history of brutality and repression under the jackboot of the Soviet Union. No wonder most nations have shaken off the shackles of Russian