Tag Archives: NATO

Newly Declassified Documents: Gorbachev Told NATO Wouldn’t Move Past East German Border

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was given a host of assurances that the NATO alliance would not expand past what was then the East German border in 1990 according to new declassified documents.

Russian leaders often complain that the NATO extended an invitation to Hungary, Poland and what was then Czechoslovakia to joint the alliance in 1997 at the Madrid Summit in contravention of assurances offered to the Soviet Union before its 1991 collapse. The alliance has dismissed the notion that such assurances were offered, however, scholars have continued to debate the issue for years. Now, however, newly declassified documents show that Gorbachev did in fact receive assurances that NATO would not expand past East Germany.

Accused of defending the constitution

On November 21, 2017 in the Lithuanian city of Klaipeda there were hearings on the case of three Lithuanian citizens – Giedrius Grabauskas, Žilvinas Razminas and Oleg Titarenko. In March 2015, they participated in a picket against the deployment of NATO troops in Lithuania. Picket passed in front of the US Embassy. Their requirements corresponded to the Lithuanian constitution, Article 137 of the constitution stipulates that the replacement of weapons of mass destruction and foreign military bases is prohibited on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. But Lithuanian establishment recognized these actions as anti-state.
In the framework of this case searches were carried out in the apartments of eleven Lithuanian citizens. Computers, books, telephones, newspapers, documents, leaflets, cassettes and other things were seized there. As a result, the prosecutor’s office asked the court to sentence one of the defendants to 3.5 years on probation, the second to 90 days of arrest, and the third – to a fine of 3 thousand euro.
The trial of anti-war activists continues.

The European Union is stepping up efforts to improve military mobility

The Joint Communication adopted today outlines steps to be taken to address the obstacles which are hampering the movement of military equipment and personnel across the EU with the aim of facilitating and expediting their mobility to react in a fast and effective way to internal and external crises. In doing so, the European Commission and the High Representative are delivering on the commitment to use all the tools at their disposal to build a Union that protects.

Sweden | NATO military exercise “Aurora 17” was accomplished with great anti-war manifestation

The largest military exercise in Sweden in over 20 years started on Monday, but critics argue that it is likely to increase military tensions in the region.

Sweden’s Armed Forces say that the military exercise, Aurora 17, which involves several NATO countries, including the USA, will strengthen Sweden’s ability to withstand an attack. (Sweden is not a member of NATO.)

USA | U.S.-NATO Stirring Up Trouble Along Russian Borders

by Bruce K. Gagnon

The New York Times, that helped sell George W. Bush’s needless and illegal ‘shock and awe’ attack on Iraq in 2003, is now working to vilify Putin and create the pretext for war with Russia.

In a story headlined Russia’s Military Drills Near NATO Border Raise Fears of Aggression the NYT misleads with the title itself, even before you begin to read the article.  What is a NATO border?  Is NATO a country now with legally defined borders?  Does NATO suppose that where ever it decides to put a base or hold military drills that it has the right to declare itself a sovereign nation?