Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the aggressive expansion of NATO as a direct threat to the national security of Russia.
In response to the threat, Putin signed an official document updating Russia’s national security posture on Thursday.
“The buildup of the military potential of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and vesting it with global functions implemented in violations of norms of international law, boosting military activity of the bloc’s countries, further expansion of the alliance, the approach of its military infrastructure to Russian borders create a threat to the national security,” the document states.
“The independent domestic and foreign policy conducted by Russia triggers counteraction from the US and their allies seeking to keep up their domination in global affairs,” it adds.
Prior to release of the document Russia moved to counter the expansion of NATO and its deployment of troops and equipment in Poland and the Baltic states by adding 40 intercontinental missiles to its nuclear arsenal. Russia also announced it would develop and deploy state-of-the art weaponry and equipment to its troops.
Russia and NATO ended cooperation following a referendum held on March 16, 2014 to integrate Crimea into the Russian Federation.
Since its formation in 1949 NATO has expanded from twelve members to 28. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War NATO continued its expansion and added Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia to the alliance. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, and Montenegro are currently recognized as aspiring members. Following the staged Euromaidan coup in Ukraine in 2014 installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the country was considering NATO integration.
The US State Department and globalists connected to the Council on Foreign Relations and other NGOs have proposed expanding NATO to include “democratic states from around the world,” including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and India.
In 2007 former New York Mayor and Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani called for the expansion of NATO to include major allies of the United States such as Australia, Singapore, India, Israel and Japan.
NATO missions and operations include support for the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan and Kosovo. Since the 1990s the alliance has linked up with the Euro-Atlantic Partnerships Council, the Mediterranean Dialogue, and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
NATO continues to enlarge its agenda well beyond its original mission.
In December it issued a “cooperative security” statement that listed “terrorism, piracy, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cyber warfare” as threats of concern to its “global network of security partners that includes over 40 countries from around the globe, as well as international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the African Union.”