The future of NATO and its relations with Russia amid turbulent US foreign policy, as well as the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts in an era of Cold War style media hysteria have dominated the three-day Munich Security Conference.
Russia indeed poses a “challenge” to NATO, but of a different kind than ISIS terrorism, the alliance’s former chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told RT. He believes NATO should adapt to the various threats but ultimately deal with them from a “position of force.”
Mankind is at the “crossroads,” with the so-called “liberal world order” having failed to adjust to post-Cold War reality, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference, adding that only cooperation could take the current post-truth era to the age of post-fake.
The NATO chief says the alliance is ready to reestablish political dialogue with Moscow from a “predictable position,” which the Russian FM, during their meeting in Germany, quickly deciphered as a “position of force” for those unfamiliar with diplomatic parlance.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and FM Sigmar Gabriel have pledged to eventually increase Germany’s military spending to meet NATO targets to counter numerous security threats, including Russia’s perceived “aggression.”
Moscow will take “all necessary measures” to protect its national interests in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to NATO has said, warning the alliance risks ushering in a vicious new Cold War with its significant spending and military build up in the region.