NATO: intentions towards Russia
At a recent NATO meeting in Spain NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson warned that NATO should be wary of developments in Russia, and that peacekeepers (his words) must be able to "hit hard in response to regional conflicts". Robertson noted that the continued instability in the Balkans and a prosperity gap between eastern and western areas of the continent mean that "Europe is unfinished business. Now, as in post-war years, the difficult question poses itself as to how a major power — then Germany, now Russia - - will settle in the newly emerging system. "As in the post-war years, we must develop a combination of political, economic and security tools which are required to cope with the new challenges at hand", Robertson said. NATO's chief said that while NATO had "redefined" its relationship with Russia and created "a more mature alliance, military options should not take a back seat to other forms of conflict management". As to how NATO "peacekeepers" should act Robertson said, "today, we need armed forces who can move fast, adjust quickly to changing requirements, hit hard, and then stay in theatre for as long as it takes to get the job done". It used to be called war-mongering — now it's been redefined as peacekeeping. The positive aspect in what Robertson said, however, is the fact that he no longer talked about humanitarian missions and such like. NATO's intentions of "hitting hard" at least calls a spade a spade. That's what its role has been and still is. Thank you, Mr Robinson for spelling it out.