NATO not prepared for equal dialogue, Russian protection minister says as German counterpart warns bloc prepared to discourage Moscow with nukes

Security in Europe can solely be collective, however NATO just isn’t prepared for equal dialogue, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has stated. NATO earlier agreed on a grasp plan to discourage Moscow, together with with nuclear weapons.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been one of the energetic backers of NATO’s new grasp plan to counter Russia in case a army battle breaks out between the edges. The technique, which was agreed on Thursday, envisages the army alliance’s troops combating Russian forces within the Baltic area and throughout the Black Sea, whereas additionally calling for non-conventional warfare, together with nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks, and area army know-how, to be employed.

“This is the way of deterrence,” Kramp-Karrenbauer informed German radio Deutschlandfunk earlier this week, commenting on the concept of deploying nuclear weapons within the air above Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to guard them from what NATO calls the “Russian threat.”

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“We must make it very clear to Russia that we are ready to use such measures as well, so that it would have an early deterrent effect… This is being adapted to the current behavior of Russia,” she insisted.

On Saturday, Shoigu informed his German counterpart that “security in Europe can only be collective without infringement of Russia’s interest. But currently NATO is the party that’s not ready for equal dialogue on this issue.”

“Amid calls to deter Russia militarily, NATO is consistently building up its forces near our borders. The German foreign minister must know quite well how such actions have ended for Germany and Europe previously,” he added.

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The Russian protection minister additionally recalled the chaotic withdrawal of the US and its NATO allies from Afghanistan in August because the nation fell into the palms of Taliban. The Western deterrence plan in Afghanistan resulted in “a catastrophe, with which the whole world now has to deal,” he stated.

Former Austrian international minister Karin Kneissl informed RT on Saturday that she “wouldn’t overrate” the statements made by Kramp-Karrenbauer. She is a part of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s authorities and is about to give up her minister’s put up. Her future in parliament could also be unsure, because the evacuation of German troops from Afghanistan, which she oversaw, turned out a “failure,” Kneissl identified, arguing that Kramp-Karrenbauer “is not a strong political figure anymore.” 

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