Anaconda on Russia’s Doorstep: Why NATO Rejects Legitimacy of Moscow’s ‘Security Zone’

Thursday, June 16, 2016
By Paul Martin

By beefing up its military presence in the Baltic States and Poland in close proximity to Russia’s borders NATO is definitely asking for trouble, US scholar Ted Galen Carpenter notes, characterizing Washington’s policy course toward Moscow as “a tragic accident waiting to happen.”

“Smart great powers” should demonstrate a decent respect for the spheres of influence and security zones of other great powers, Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute writes, commenting on NATO’s decision to deploy four battalions of troops to the Baltic States and Poland — near Russia’s borders.

>”Western, especially US, leaders steadfastly refuse to concede Moscow even a limited sphere of influence or security zone along its borders,” Carpenter writes in his latest article for the National Interest, stressing that it has been “a bipartisan view in American policy circles.”

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