On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published draft agreements between the Russian Federation and the United States and NATO on security guarantees transferred to Washington and its allies. Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Greece Isyhos believes that it is important to support Russia’s proposals on NATO.
One of the clauses of the draft treaty deals with the provision of guarantees for the alliance not to expand it to the territory of Ukraine. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov notes that the absence of a reaction from the United States and NATO to Moscow’s demands could lead to a new round of confrontation.
Former Deputy Minister of National Defense of Greece Costas Isichos, deputy chairman of the Friends of Crimea international association and a member of the People’s Unity party (Λαϊκή Ενότητα), explains why the proposals of the Russian Foreign Ministry are so important for peace in Europe, but run counter to the current NATO policy. therefore it is unlikely to be accepted. The draft, in particular, includes provisions on mutual security guarantees, on non-deployment of medium and shorter-range missiles in each other’s reach, on refusal to expand the alliance to the east. Isychos says:
“Russia’s proposals for a new agreement on security measures for Russia and the NATO states, especially for the European continent, will to a very large extent ensure the continuation of peace. The nine articles in the draft agreement are a proposal of exceptional importance and very timely. Because there is nothing at the moment that binds NATO and Russia in a new arms race, both conventional and nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction. “
According to the Greek politician, even the security that existed during the cold water years is now missing:
“Previous agreements, at least during the Cold War years, gave relative, not to say absolute, but relative security. Today there is no security. And NATO’s policy and strategy is constantly evolving, especially in Eastern Europe. I am not talking only about the Baltic countries, Poland , Romania, Hungary, but also about Greece, with the deployment of new American bases, mainly in the Court and in Alexandroupolis, aimed at the Black Sea. “
The ex-deputy minister is sure that Russia’s attempt to ensure security concerns all European countries and peoples, and these proposals should be submitted for discussion in parliaments:
“It is extremely important for the entire European continent to discuss this proposal. NATO members should not only discuss it. I believe that this proposal should be accepted, albeit with changes that certain NATO member states can make. parliaments of NATO member states. So that this proposal would receive an assessment and response from societies, from citizens of Europe. So that it would not be a proposal only for the top, for the political leadership of NATO countries. “
According to Isychos, Russia’s proposals are harmonized with the latest resolution that it submitted to the UN General Assembly on the fight against Nazism and neo-Nazism:
“It has been introduced for many years. The ideas of neo-Nazism, unfortunately, are spreading all over the planet, and especially in Europe.”
As an example, the politician cited the “ultra-right neo-Nazi concepts” of the Ukrainian government and the Baltic countries, discrimination of minorities there after 2014:
“Unfortunately, this proposal (on the fight against Nazism) was not adopted unanimously. There were two countries that voted against the proposal at the UN, it was the United States and Ukraine. I don’t think the vote of these two countries“ against ”was an accident. political and diplomatic. This is a deliberate policy and strategy, which, unfortunately, distorts the historical facts of World War II. And is a continuation of the strategy of equating Nazism, communism and socialism. This is what they have been doing for many years in the European Union, in Washington, in Brussels, but also in many EU countries “.
He draws attention to the fact that two countries were against, and about fifty abstained, and among them again all the countries of the European Union. The politician associates this situation with the influence of the military-industrial complex, transnational corporations that have taken a course for armament.
Costas Isichos is convinced that the proposal of the Russian Federation provides a favorable opportunity for the people of Europe “to throw out of their borders the ideas of Nazism, fascism, war, discrimination and not leave these ideas an opportunity to enter the stage.” He highlighted in the draft Article 4, on the return of weapons to the situation of 1997, before NATO expansion, and Article 7, on the refusal of the alliance from any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and other states of Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia:
“I think that Article 4 and Article 7 of these proposed agreements would provide to a very large extent a return to the situation of 1997. When there was a commitment by Washington and NATO countries not to expand the alliance eastward, as well as into the Caucasus and Central Asia. Unfortunately, however, this obligation was violated. And it was violated 100%, not in part. “
The Baltic countries, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Greece, Hungary, the politician says, are deploying new bases, new forces, new missile systems, including short- and medium-range missiles, on Russia’s borders. He emphasizes:
“This not only violates the defense and military status quo of the two regions, that is, Russia and Western Europe and NATO, but it leads us from the current situation to an even more dangerous point. This is essentially a military aggressive encirclement of today’s Russian Federation, on its borders with NATO. in Europe, but also in the Caucasus and Asia It is very important that Articles 4 and 7 are perceived as the heart of the content of the proposed agreement, because they provide to a very large extent a zero-base start, I would say from 1997, of new modernized proposals for disarmament. The draft agreement is just the beginning. It could have a long continuation if NATO says yes. If no, we will not only return to 1997. Unfortunately, we will return to the 1930s. If a new attempt at armament in the heart of Europe is again associated with the growth of neo-Nazi ideas, ideas of discrimination against religious, social, national minorities, with anti-Russian hysteria, to which, unfortunately, enough about NATO leaders. It will be a nightmare for humanity and it must be stopped. “
The ex-deputy minister insists that the proposal of the Russian Federation should be discussed not only at the highest level:
“Peace movements must once again become large, massive and effective in order to influence so many governments in Europe and NATO members. If the peoples remain indifferent to this proposal, then it will not have much success. If the peoples accept it, then the success of the new world , a new movement for a peaceful resolution of problems in Europe can start again and there will be a process of hope for all. “
However, the politician admits that the Russian proposals are not acceptable for NATO, citing as an example the participation of Colombia in the “Crimean Platform” in the Ukrainian capital, noting in conclusion:
“I believe that these proposals are not compatible with today’s NATO policy. Because NATO is globalizing, NATO is expanding outside Europe. Colombia has received NATO partner status – not a full member, but a partner. If NATO through the partnership process makes countries of another continent full members – Latin America, Africa, Asia, the rest of the world, then the globalization of NATO will mean the globalization of the dangers of a new war, which will be the last for humanity. If it is nuclear, life will disappear from this planet. This is not science fiction, this is combined with the modern strategy that NATO conducts today. Russia’s proposal means that NATO must make a 180-degree turn in its current policy of expansion and globalization in all spheres of influence and activity. “
In NATO, as reported RIA NewsNATO confirmed that it had received Russia’s proposals on security guarantees and stated that the alliance would take into account Ukraine’s opinion in any discussion. Secretary General of the organization Jens Stoltenberg, at a press conference with Prime Minister of Bulgaria Stefan Yanev, stated:
“We make it clear that any dialogue with Russia will also need to address NATO concerns about Russian actions, be based on the basic principles and documents of European security, and be conducted in consultation with NATO’s European partners such as Ukraine.”