Category: NATO

The NATO Warsaw summit: Back to the future

The first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014. The United States is sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, the Pentagon said, one of its highest-profile steps yet to reassure NATO allies after Russia's seizure of Crimea. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR3MCO1

Natalia Burlinova comments on NATO Warsaw summit, specially for Russia Direct

As long as NATO and Russia keep looking at each other through the lens of the Cold War, it will be impossible to make positive changes in their relationship.

Based on the results of its recent Warsaw summit, NATO has fully returned to its former Cold War rhetoric. NATO has discarded all its new plans and strategic concepts, and returned to its most important and foundational role — to keep Russia in check. No wonder Russia has also fueled its anti-NATO rhetoric recently.

Just six years ago, the future looked so much different. Back in 2010, at the NATO summit in Lisbon, the meeting was nothing short of historic. The reason for this was a new NATO strategic concept that was supposed to extend over 10 years. At that time, NATO looked at the world’s future through a geographic as well as a functional lens, and aimed to expand its horizons. From that perspective, Russia was no longer viewed as a dangerous rival.

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NATO-Russia Relations


NATO-Russia Relations: Interview with Natalia Burlinova

Gregor Konzack and Christian Franz interviewed Natalia Burlinova at the Munich Security Conference. She talks about the problems Russia has with NATO enlargement and the new Europe-based missile defense shield and the possibility of Russia joining the NATO one day.

Q – We are wondering if the new threats to global security which you wrote about in your PhD, such as terrorism, cyber security, or environmental degradation, create more commonalities between NATO and Russia.

A- I can say that relations between NATO and Russia are very difficult. Although we have already passed the spirit of the Cold War, we still have many disagreements. I would say we have a different perception of our world and of regional situations.

As for common global threats such as terrorism, we support our allies and we support our friends. President Putin was the first to call President Bush after the attacks of September 11. Russia has a lot of terrorist attacks and regional instability in some parts of our country. So we are familiar with this and we understand all the consequences of this threat, which we are facing all together today.

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Moscow – Washington Videoconference


Afghanistan after 2011: Russia’s view

On September 8, 2011 the team of PICREADI’s experts together with Moscow Carnegie Center participants join by live videoconference “NATO, Russia and Afghanistan after 2011.”

In June, President Obama announced that 10,000 U.S. soldiers will leave Afghanistan this year, with a final pullout planned for 2014. This change will have significant implications for Russia, which currently supports the transit of over fifty percent of vital supplies to NATO forces through Russian territory, and contributes to the Afghanistan mission in other ways.

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Young Experts Duscussed Afghanistan


Young experts discussed situation in Afghanistan

A round table of young experts on situation in Afghanistan was hold on February, 3, 2011.  Thediscussion was organized by the Public Initiative «Creative Diplomacy» and the Center for Studies of Modern Afghanistan with support of the Foundation for Historical Outlook.

To discuss the current situation in Afghanistan was invited young experts, academics and journalists. The goal of the seminar was to establish a mechanism of view exchange and constructive dialogue between young experts specializing on the AfPak region and their elder colleagues.

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Debates on NATO


Russia’s Interests in the Context of New NATO Strategic Concept

On December 23, 2010 the Public Initiative «Creative Diplomacy» organized debate about the new NATO Strategic Concept, adopted in Lisbon on November 18-20.  The discussion held at the State University – Higher School of Economics raised a question whether new NATO document takes Russia’s national interests into consideration?

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NATO: Russian View

«Natalia Burlinova, president of PICREADI about NATO, Video, «Voice of America»

The Russian topic at the NATO summit – one of the main. President of the Public Initiative «Creative Diplomacy» Natalia Burlinova who represented Russia at the Young Leaders and Young Atlantist Summit in Lisbon shared with the correspondent of the Russian service of «Voice of America» Yulia Savchenko heropinion on why NATO – Russian cooperation is important.

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2010 Young Atlanticist Summit in Lisbon


PICREADI at the Young Atlanticist Summit in Lisbon

On November 17-21, 2010, the President of The Public Initiative «Creative Diplomacy» Natalia Burlinovaparticipated at the Young Leaders & the Future of NATO 2010 Young Atlanticist Summit in Lisbon. The Summit, which is being run concurrently with the NATO Summit in Lisbon, was organized by Atlantic Council (USA), The Atlantic Treaty Association and The Portuguese Atlantic Committee.

Ms. Natalia Burlinova was the only representative of Russia among more than 70 delegates from NATO member countries and Partner nations. They are professionals in the early part of their careers, including parliamentarians, think tank analysts, entrepreneurs and business people, journalists, bloggers and activists. Joining them are 120 students from Portugal’s leading universities.

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Moscow and NATO Exchanged Opinions Before the Summit


NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Russia

On the 3d of November, 2010, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Moscow. His one-day visit  was a response to the decision taken by President Dmitry Medvedev to participate in Russia-NATO summit to be held during the Alliance Summit in Lisbon (18-20 November, 2010).

At NATO, this meeting is considered to be very important. It is known that the new Secretary-General who took office just over a year ago determined to improve relations between NATO and Russia. This goal is considered to be one of the top priorities in his work. Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Moscow to compare positions with Russian leadership on the eve of the official meeting during NATO – Russia summit.

During the visit Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as well as with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov. The issues of bilateral cooperation, creation of a European missile defense system, cooperation on Afghanistan were discussed.

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Young Russian Officials and Politicians Learn Experience from German Colleagues


The President of the Public Initiative “Creative Diplomacy” NataliaBurlinova took part in an informational visit to Brussels and Munich organized by the Russian branch of the German Hanns SeidelFoundation for young Russian politicians and members of the governmental bodies.

In the frame of the visit young assistants to the deputies, representatives of the political parties had an opportunity to get acquainted with the work of different departments of the European Union, NATO and governmental bodies of Germany. During their staying in Brussels members of the delegation also visited the European Commission, the European Parliament and NATO headquarters.

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