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NATO Establishing a 'Joint Council' Just for Russia

Friday, 17 May 2002 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, NATO accepted Russia as its de facto ally in the battle against such post-Cold War legacies as international terrorism, and extended its sphere of operations beyond Europe and the Atlantic. This decision was announced at the meeting of NATO foreign ministers with their counterpart from Russia at the opening of a two-day session in Reykjavik, Iceland.

As reported by the media, the foreign ministers from 19 Northern Atlantic nations emphasized that NATO remains relevant in a world plagued by terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other such threats.

NATO officials, however, stopped short of specifying where alliance forces might be deployed in the future, stating in a communiqué that "to carry out the full range of its missions, NATO must be able to field forces that can move quickly to wherever they are needed, sustain operations over distance and time and achieve their objectives."

The foreign ministers also established a NATO-Russia Joint Council, after five months of negotiations. The council brings Russia into NATO's decision-making structure, but, as NATO officials said, Moscow will not have veto power over any of the alliance's decisions.

The new council is to meet for the first time on May 28 at an Italian air force base outside Rome, during the next NATO summit.

According to an agreement between NATO and Russia, the new council will set joint policy on a fixed range of issues, including counterterrorism, controlling the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, theater missile defense, peacekeeping, and management of regional crises, civil defense, military cooperation and arms control.

As NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said, "countries that spent four decades glowering at each across the wall of hatred and fear now have the opportunity to transform the future of Euro-Atlantic security for the better."

It would be very difficult to disagree with Robertson providing he bases his opinion on knowledge of what is really happening in Russia. Russia (excluding the arms control process, which is profitable for Moscow) is contradicting major American goals.

For instance, Russia continues its military preparations against the U.S. and the West, developing and deploying new generations of weapons of mass destruction, which were designed for a future war on America and NATO. Moscow is still supplying conventional weapons to the sponsors of international terrorism with full knowledge that a sufficient number of these arms will find a way into terrorists' hands.

There is no doubt that Russia's newly expanded role in NATO could allow Moscow to actually know everything about the alliance's secret plans and intentions and use this information in planning its own military preparations. As everything in Russia is for sale, we cannot exclude the possibility that, for instance, NATO's plans for counterterrorist operations could be sold to our adversaries.

Also, the newly expanded role could allow Moscow to pit members of the alliance against each other, thus allowing Russia to have unofficial veto power and undermine the effectiveness of NATO and the security of its members.

Russia has failed to meet those standards and has shown that at the present time it is not a part of Western civilized society. While President Putin's announced intentions to cooperate with the West are welcomed by liberal European politicians, he continues his autocratic style of rule, suppressing freedom of the press and judicial independence.

There is no doubt that Russia is not yet ready for real cooperation with NATO, and its expanded role could undermine NATO's mission as a consensus builder within the Northern Atlantic nations in the near future.

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