Former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana (he held the post of Secretary General of NATO from 1995 to 1999) has called the emergence of the military headquarters of NATO in Eastern-varobacka countries contrary to the signed in 1997 Founding act Russia-NATO, reports “Interfax”. However, he considered it permissible accommodation on the Eastern flank of the Alliance of multinational combat forces on a rotational basis.
“The promotion of military staffs of NATO to the East contrary to the Fundamental act, and it is this document that gave us the opportunity to have a structure of cooperation with Russia. The Council Russia-NATO is the brainchild of Founding act,” said Solana.
He stressed that the discussions at the conference in Munich, the participants talked about the need to cooperate with Russia. He allowed the placing of NATO forces on a rotational basis in the East of Europe, but the placement of the permanent headquarters, in his opinion, may lead to a response from Russia.
“Placing a rotational force is normal. This can be interpreted in different ways. But the permanent staffs can lead to Russia’s response. They will say that it is a violation of the Founding act,” said former NATO Secretary General.
With Solana’s position is not agreed by the Deputy NATO Secretary General Alexander Vershbow. According to him, the Founding act contains flexible language and allows the placement of some infrastructures.
“According to this document, NATO has refrained from placing substantial forces in the East, but has the right to develop infrastructure, including headquarters, logistical facilities, and more. Up to the Warsaw summit we have to be flexible and to define what a “significant force”. In different countries different sizes of divisions and brigades… Russia can’t agree more… I welcome the statement (of the Russian Ambassador to NATO Alexander) Grushko, Russia will not attack the Baltic countries, but we must be prepared for the worst scenario,” — said Vershbow.
Earlier during the Munich conference, Russia’s envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said that Russia is not interested in confrontation with NATO, but in response to the strengthening of the Eastern flank of the Alliance will take appropriate action. He stressed that NATO “kindle a vision that Russia will attack any day of the Baltic countries, Poland, etc.”. According to Russia’s Ambassador, this question is not a real agenda for security and the real threat from Russia is not coming.
The Poprad Russia acted after the panel discussion the Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Witold Waszczykowski suggested that in the changed circumstances, to cancel that part of the Declaration NATO-Russia from 1997, in which NATO pledges not to stir in the new members of the Alliance forces and essential infrastructures.