NATO is becoming an increasingly less-demanded organization in the modern world, and eventually it will cease to exist, State Duma deputy Anton Morozov told Izvestia.
The day before, the NATO press service issued a speech by the Secretary General of the organization, in which he outlined the main challenges to the North Atlantic Alliance. It is about rivalry between superpowers, terrorism and cybercrime. At the same time, Stoltenberg posed the threat of increased competition among major powers such as Russia and China above terrorism.
“In order to maintain this organization, the leadership makes a similar statement and tries to come up with mythical threats that come from Russia,” MP Morozov said.
However, he said, an increasing number of countries want to stop cooperating with NATO and stop paying membership dues. In particular, Turkey is clearly moving away from the organization.
He also recalled that it was not Russia that initiated the withdrawal from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty), but the United States.
The INF Treaty expired on August 2 at the initiative of the United States, which announced the withdrawal from the agreement in February 2019. Russia called this step destabilizing and has repeatedly proposed to Washington to extend the INF Treaty. However, not receiving a positive response, Moscow was also forced to suspend the implementation of the terms of the contract.
To Stoltenberg’s accusations that Russia “annexed” Crimea, the deputy replied that the peninsula had reunited with Russia through a referendum.