For Nato, Russia is not a threat anymore

Is it the end of the cold war? Or another sign of a diplomatic meltdown between Russia and the United States. Anihow, NATO’s top military and political officials assured Russia the alliance saw no threat from the country for the West, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday.

Rogozin’s comment followed a statement by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who said that “in terms of politics” NATO has finished its preparation of its plan of the Baltic states’ defense.

European Voice weekly earlier said NATO’s defense plans implicitly singled Russia out as a military threat.

Despite the NATO officials’ pro-Russian statements, several alliance members continue to criticize NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s policy of establishing a strategic relationship with Russia, the envoy said.

Rogozin said he was very pleased “for the residents of the ex-Soviet Baltic states who could at last sleep peacefully facing the somewhat lurid menace threatening the young sickly democracies of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.”

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