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Oct 182014

By Pyotr Romanov

Published: October 15, 2014 (Issue # 1833)

It became clear just how much thesubject ofNATO is asore spot forRussian society when new NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg was quoted ina recent interview onPolish television as saying that NATO would base its forces wherever we want.

Moscow immediately responded byreminding theWest that such apolicy would violate agreements between NATO andRussia prompting Brussels tohurriedly issue acorrection, claiming that thePolish translator had misquoted Stoltenberg.

Ofcourse, mistakes happen, but considering that Russian-Polish relations have been far fromideal forcenturies, it is entirely possible that thetranslator heard exactly what Warsaw wanted tohear.

Nor does Moscows frustrated andangry response come as any surprise: Russia is convinced that theWest broke its promise that NATO would refrain fromexpanding intoEastern Europe inexchange forthe reunification ofGermany. True, that pledge was never set down ina legally binding document, but thefeeling remains that Russia was betrayed.

TheRussian mentality also plays arole here because legal documents do not hold thesame sway inthis country as they do inthe West. Even with all thecorruption that exists, asolemn promise carries more weight formany Russians than does anotarized document.

Andfinally, it is clear why Brussels rushed toissue thecorrection: Relations have already deteriorated intoa new Cold War without adding this problem as well.

Andyet, thesituation is adouble edged sword: It helps NATO find anew purpose following thecollapse ofthe Soviet Union, andit provides justification fora Russian military buildup. But other than themilitary-industrial complexes ofboth sides, who really stands togain froma new arms race?

Obviously, Russian politicians, generals andadmirals take whatever stance toward NATO their jobs demand.

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KGB, torture and Soviet terror: why Latvia worries about todays Russia (NATO Review)
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File Photo: Jens Stoltenberg (AFP Photo)

The former Norwegian prime minister — the first NATO secretary general from a country bordering Russia — is known for his good relations with President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

During his decade in power, the two countries signed milestone agreements on the delineation of their frontier in the Barents Sea and on visa exemptions for their border populations.

An economist by training, the former Labour Party head has never shown any particular fondness for defence or security matters.

But his experience has left him with a strong international network and honed his skills as a cross-border negotiator, both of which could prove essential.

The 55-year-old will take office on Wednesday, at a moment in history when NATO’s face-off with Russia over Ukraine has sparked tensions not seen since the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

“It’s very hard to anticipate how he will behave in this position regarding his rather positive past with Moscow,” said Vivien Pertusot at the French Institute of International Relations in Brussels.

“He’s been extremely silent these last months, since his appointment became public. Will he follow the firm steps of (his Danish predecessor Anders Fogh) Rasmussen or will he try to become a soothing mediator?”

Despite unrest in several countries of interest to NATO, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, Stoltenberg has remained tight-lipped.

The only hint he has given as to his stance was when he told Norwegian news agency NTB on September 23 that “continuing as before (with Russia) is not an option”.

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BRUSSELS (AP) When Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over at NATO, the alliance was struggling to contain a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, and some predicted it would soon follow its Cold War foe, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, into the dustbin of history.

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Japan plans to lodge an official protest with Russia over the visit by a senior official to an island claimed by both nations, adding to tensions that have prevented a summit between the leaders of the two countries.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters today in Tokyo that the visit to the island, called Iturup in Russian and Etorofu in Japanese, by Sergei Ivanov, head of the Russian presidential administration, was extremely regrettable.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on a phone call last week to continue talks at events such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing in November, Putins planned visit to Japan this autumn has yet to materialize. Japans backing of Group of Seven sanctions on Russia over its Ukraine policy has hurt Abes push for closer ties.

Ivanovs visit comes six weeks after Russia held military exercises in the Kuril islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan. The drills were absolutely unacceptable, Japans Foreign Ministry said at the time.

Russia opened a new airport on the island visited by Ivanov on Sept. 22, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. The island is one of four near Japans northernmost main island of Hokkaido at the center of a disagreement with Russia since the Soviet Union took them over at the end of World War II.

Abe had been working to resolve the Cold War-era territorial differences and expand the supply of Russian energy to Japan. He is the first Japanese leader in a decade to make an official visit to Russia, and has met Putin five times, including a trip to the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony that was shunned by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Differences over the islands proved the stumbling block to Japan and the Soviet Union signing a permanent peace treaty after negotiations in 1956. At the time, the two sides signed a joint declaration reestablishing diplomatic relations and agreed to continue talks on the islands.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maiko Takahashi in Tokyo at mtakahashi61@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Davis at abdavis@bloomberg.net Andy Sharp

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'NATO expansion to Georgia was a real mistake' – ex German Amb to NATO
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Hagel reaffirms U.S. support for Georgia in NATO pursuit
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel makes a rare visit to the former Soviet republic Georgia to pledge his support for the country's bid to join NATO — a mo…

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NATO leaders agreed on Friday to boost the readiness of the alliance to meet fresh security threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis and reaffirmed their commitment to collective defence. A new rapid reaction force is aimed at helping the military alliance, which was set up in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviet Union, meet new threats and maintain a "continuous" presence in Eastern …

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RUSSIA VS NATO: Crazy Russian Rockets wins!
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a televised meeting with regional media in St. Petersburg, Russia, April 24, 2014. Reuters/Michael Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

WASHINGTON — After two decades of trying to build a partnership with Russia, the NATO alliance now feels compelled to start treating Moscow as an adversary, the second-ranking official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Thursday.

“Clearly the Russians have declared NATO as an adversary, so we have to begin to view Russia no longer as a partner but as more of an adversary than a partner,” said Alexander Vershbow, the deputy secretary-general of NATO.

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“In central Europe, clearly we have two different visions of what European security should be like,” Vershbow, a former U.S. diplomat and former Pentagon official, said. “We still would defend the sovereignty and freedom of choice of Russia’s neighbors, and Russia clearly is trying to re-impose hegemony and limit their sovereignty under the guise of a defense of the Russian world.”

In April, NATO suspended all “practical civilian and military cooperation” with Russia, although Russia has maintained its diplomatic mission to NATO, which was established in 1998.

Vershbow said NATO, created 65 years ago as a bulwark against the former Soviet Union, is considering new defensive measures aimed at deterring Russia from any aggression against NATO members along its border, such as the Baltic states that were once part of the Soviet Union, Vershbow said.

“We want to be sure that we can come to the aid of these countries if there were any, even indirect, threat very quickly before any facts on the ground can be established,” he said.

To do that, NATO members will have to shorten the response time of its forces, he said.

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(Read More: UK’s ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke)

Margaret Thatcher, who governed the U.K. from 1979 to 1990, fought socialism in England and unyieldingly promoted the free-market views of Nobelists Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. She stopped the destructive British labor unions dead in their tracks. With every bone in her body she attempted to limit government by lowering spending and taxation. She opted for big-bang financial deregulation. And she put London back on the map as a world banking center.

“Freedom” was always her watchword.

She also adored former President Ronald Reagan. And the two of them formed an extraordinary partnership for freedom and free markets. Working together, they helped bring down the Soviet communist system. And it was a peaceful bring-down at that.

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Thatcher saw Gorbachev first, and she reported to Reagan, “We can do business with him.” Reagan did, although he refused to back down on SDI. And as the American economy roared in response to Reagan’s own free-market supply-side policies, the Soviets were out-produced and eventually folded.

Thatcher famously said, “The trouble with socialists is that they always run out of other people’s money.” That dictum really stands the test of time, doesn’t it? Running out of other people’s money? Today?

The age of big government has once again, at least temporarily, reared its ugly head. It’s a great battle for all the economies around the world. That’s one of many reasons why we will miss Margaret Thatcher. She did not go wobbly.

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By Anthony Bond

PUBLISHED: 17:42 EST, 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:43 EST, 20 February 2013

With sandy beaches, clear blue water and palm trees, this looks like a spectacular and luxurious sun-kissed resort.

Holidaymakers can be seen relaxing in swimming shorts and bikinis. Even the occasional flamingo can be spotted.

But not everything is as it seems at Tropical Islands.

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Luxury: With sandy beaches, clear blue water and palm trees, this looks like a spectacular sun-kissed resort

Fun: Despite appearances, not everything is as it seems at Tropical Islands

Odd: The ‘resort’ is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany

The ‘resort’ is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany.

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Radio Liberty will now focus on live content and digital platforms, including web and mobile devices.

By Jonathan Earle

The St. Petersburg Times

Published: September 26, 2012 (Issue # 1728)

MOSCOW U.S. government-funded Radio Liberty has reiterated its commitment tooperating inRussia after Nov. 10, when anew law forces it todiscontinue AM broadcasts, andafter dozens ofjournalists andeditors left theorganization last week.

We are not giving up onour commitment toprovide you with Svobodas unique perspective onnews andevents inRussia, wrote Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president Steve Korn, referring tothe networks Russian name, Radio Svoboda, ina statement posted onthe networks website Monday.

Thenetwork, founded in1953 toprovide coverage incountries with limited press freedom, was forgenerations athorn inthe side ofthe Soviet government.

Radio Liberty will now focus ondigital platforms, including web andmobile devices, andon-demand andlive content, Korn wrote.

Thenetwork will stop AM broadcasts onNov. 10, when alaw will take effect that makes it illegal forstations more than 48 percent foreign-owned tobe onthe airwaves.

Thesame law will brand non-governmental organizations that receive grants fromabroad as foreign agents, ameasure that has been roundly condemned byopposition andcivil rights activists.

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By Anthony Bond

PUBLISHED: 07:10 EST, 22 July 2012 | UPDATED: 10:03 EST, 22 July 2012

A luxury department store has apologised for selling wooden toy versions of Soviet-era rocket launchers.

London store Liberty was forced to pull the 23.50 toy from is shelves following a number of complaints, with some describing it as ‘vile’ and ‘tasteless’.

Available in baby pink, yellow or natural wood, the design appeared to be marketed at younger children.

Controversial: London store Liberty was forced to pull the 23.50 toy from its shelves following complaints, with some describing it as ‘vile’ and ‘tasteless’

Concerns: The toy was available in the Regent Street shop, pictured, and online and was reduced last week to half-price

The toy was based on Katyusha rocket launchers which were first used in the Second World War by the Soviet Union.

Recently, they have been used by Hezbollah militants to fire rockets into Israel and during the Libyan conflict last year.

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