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NATO- Russia council talks

Date: 15 January 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Discussions were held between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Russia regarding the security situation in Ukraine.

 

Background

Russia was recently involved in a major military standoff near Ukraine border, demanding that NATO give up its plan of eastwards expansion.

 

Details

The meeting took place at the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) located at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

 

The grouping

  • NATO was founded in 1949 as a collective security organization to protect US, Canada and their European allies against Soviet aggression.

  • The Soviet Union also formed a counter-balancing version of NATO in Eastern Europe known as Warsaw pact. The alliance was disbanded after fall of Soviet Union.

  • In recent times, NATO’s role has expanded due to revivalist and “militarily advanced” Russia and rogue nations such as North Korea.

  • After Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the practical civil and military cooperation under the NRC with Russia has been suspended. 

  • This was for the first time since the World War II that a European nation had annexed territory from another country. 

 

The latest meet

  • Russia asked US and allies to reduce their military presence in Ukraine, which has been rejected. This comes after Russia aggravated situation in the region.

  • Russia has demanded that NATO does not admit more members and to withdraw western forces from its Eastern Allies.

  • Russia is also not happy about Ukraine building a Naval base in Ochakiv and another in Berdyansk, backed by western powers.

 

Way ahead

NATO members are not ready to assure that Ukraine will not be inducted into the alliance. Russia is expected to make similar moves in future as a pressure tactic.