Sun Jan 7th, 2018 at 09:57:14 PM EST
"The West should respect the red lines of Russia."
Yep, just recently I met the former NATO secretary general while buying a book as Xmas present for a friend. JDHS is a former acquaintance long before he became Dutch foreign minister of the Iraq War fame.
Ever since I have seen the SG become more entangled in the web of right-wing intrigues of an aggressive NATO policy of the West. Just very recently a so-called independent policy group advised the Rutte cabinet on Dutch foreign policy issues. I was saddened by its neoconservative attitude. I was even more surprised to find JDHS as chair for the foreign policy forum, hardly an independent thinker after all those years of supporting military AngloSaxon policy for the West.
Here are a few snippets from his interview ...
'NATO should not have committed to membership of Ukraine and Georgia'
NATO has driven Vladimir Putin into a corner, making him more radical. These are not the words of Russia, but those of NATO's former Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.
According to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the West must respect the Russian red line. The speed of NATO enlargement has contributed to Putin's aggressive stance in the former Soviet Union.
NATO should not have committed to Ukraine and Georgia in 2008, the former NATO executive said. He calls it understandable that Putin has opposed it. "He said to me, after the communiqué came true: mister secretary-general, this will not be. This is not going to happen!"
More below the fold ...
The NATO summit in Bucharest in 2008 was a breaking point in the relationship between Russia and the West. NATO opened the door for Georgia and Ukraine. Both countries were allowed to join, even though no date was mentioned. That was the wish of the American President Bush. The German Chancellor Merkel resisted. But NATO decided to leave the door ajar. That was unspeakable for Russia and Putin also said that afterwards.
The former Secretary General now says that he underestimated the response and that he should have done more to keep the parties on the same level. According to De Hoop Scheffer, the decision led to a radicalization at Putin.
From my diary during the Georgian War in South Ossetia - Russia to Cut Military Ties with NATO .
Norway: Russia to cut all military ties with NATO | Reuters - Aug. 20, 2008 |
OSLO, Norway - Norway's Defense Ministry says Russia has informed it that it plans to cut all military ties with NATO.
Ministry spokeswoman Heidi Langvik-Hansen says the country's embassy received a telephone call from Russia's Defense Ministry, saying Moscow plans "to freeze all military cooperation with NATO and allied countries."
Norway was told in the telephone call a written note about this would be sent out shortly.
Russian officials were not immediately available to confirm the information and officials at NATO headquarters said they have not been informed of any such moves.
NATO foreign ministers suspended formal contacts with Russia as punishment for sending troops into Georgia.
NATO SG Jaap de Hoop Scheffer puts blame on Russia
NATO Visit to Georgia Condemned | Moscow Times - Sept. 18, 2008 | [cached]
The Foreign Ministry issued an unusually harsh condemnation of NATO chief Jaap de Hoop Scheffer's visit to Georgia, saying it showed a Cold War mentality and would further destabilize the region.
NATO's support for Georgia after last month's war with Russia can only be seen as "encouraging Tbilisi to engage in new reckless ventures," the ministry said in a statement.
De Hoop Scheffer and envoys from all 26 member countries were in Georgia this week. Georgia is eager to join the Western military alliance, a step Russia strongly opposes.
The NATO delegation visited the central Georgian city of Gori, which was occupied by Russian troops during the war.
"Yankees Go Home!" - Sevastopol, Crimea
It's been a stubborn fallacy to place blame on Russia as Georgian troops under leadership of Saakashvili attacked a peacekeeping force in South Ossetia.
○ Georgian Attack Killed 1,600 S Ossetians
A selection of diaries on this topic ...
○ Putin's Denunciation of US policy at Munich Conference
○ NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War - Part 2
○ NATO and Soros Crossed Russia's Red Line in Europe
○ Bundesdag On NSA Spying :: Seeking Opening Towards Russia