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Dmitry Novikov on the Zvezda TV channel about the new plans of NATO and the fact that Russia has not only enemies, but also friends

The presenter Natalia Metlina proposed to start the conversation about topical problems of international life from the forthcoming NATO summit. It will be held in July in Vilnius. According to media reports, it will adopt “regional plans” detailing the alliance’s tactics.

Dmitry Novikov pointed out in this regard that NATO has its own planning schemes. Once every ten years, the military bloc adopts another strategy of activity. Last year, a new such document was approved, which outlined the two main threats – the Russian Federation and the Communist Party of China.

“It was written that way,” the politician specified. – Accordingly, regional security will be built on the basis of these threats. Firstly, the Ukrainian theater is not removed from the agenda, but the zone of confrontation will be expanded. Moscow is given to understand that even if the special military operation succeeds, NATO will configure new threats for Russia in the vicinity of its borders. This will be achieved both at the expense of the Baltic states and with the help of Finland and Sweden joining the alliance. A serious claim has been made to create problems for us, especially for our northern capital – Leningrad – St. Petersburg. At the same time, the prospect of NATO activation in the Asia-Pacific region is being considered. For example, the use of Japan in the confrontation with China.

Developing the topic, Natalia Metlina drew attention to the converging of NATO forces to Kaliningrad. She noted that German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced the possibility of increasing the German military group in Lithuania to 4,000 people. The host of the program asked if this was due to the revanchist moods of Berlin.

The Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation singled out two aspects of increasing the activity of the alliance in this zone. On the one hand, this is political and military pressure on Russia to behave “more calmly” in Ukraine and in other areas. But there is another component here: NATO does not exclude the scenario of direct war and is actively preparing for it. One of the points of preparation, according to Novikov, is the theme of the “Suwalki corridor”. Russia is accused of colluding with Alexander Lukashenko to break through a “corridor” from Belarus to the Kaliningrad region to establish land communications. Under this pretext, the West is beginning to “look closely” at the Kaliningrad region. She is considered Russia’s “unsinkable aircraft carrier” in the Baltic, with which something needs to be done.

Natalya Metlina, in this regard, recalled the statement of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about strengthening the air defense system in the Baltics. At the same time, the alliance mission format changes from police to military. Commenting on these words, Dmitry Georgievich pointed out that NATO is already present in the Baltics. When we talk about 4,000 servicemen, we mean an increase in the contingent. This, in turn, means creating the necessary infrastructure that will allow for an even greater NATO presence at the right time.

Against this background, the President of Belarus announced the ongoing provocations at the border. The representative of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation was asked what Moscow should do in such conditions. As Dmitry Novikov stressed, Alexander Lukashenko is absolutely right when he says that escalating the situation leads to a full-scale war in Europe: “But it should be recognized that such a war will acquire the nature of a world war. This has happened twice in the last century. Too actively Europe is interconnected with other parts of the world. Even China has a huge trade turnover with the European Union. In Europe, the interests of the United States are great. Europe itself has interests in different parts of the world… Therefore, the situation is very dangerous, and first of all for us. The greatest activity of NATO is observed precisely at our borders. I think that the “red lines” here have already been passed. Russia’s reaction can only be building up our capabilities so that we can give both a socio-economic and military-political response to these threats.

Returning to the NATO summit, the presenter noted one growing paradox. On the one hand, they are in no hurry to invite Ukraine to the North Atlantic alliance, but they immediately talk about the growth of comprehensive support for the Zelensky regime.

According to Novikov, NATO now has two problems regarding its expansion – these are Ukraine and Sweden: “If the political leadership in Washington is ripe for the fact that this decision must be made at any cost, then the NATO Charter can be rewritten. In the field of public policy, the United States, at first glance, takes a more sensible position on the issue of Ukraine’s admission to NATO than the Europeans. But this is the public realm. So far, the United States has to solve a tactical problem – to wait for its own elections. It is very important for them what their result will be and who will be responsible for the country’s policy further. This is partly the reason for Washington’s wait-and-see attitude. But if you look at what is happening in NATO at the working level, then the United States has already done a lot to draw Ukraine into the bloc.”

The communist deputy also named the reason for Washington’s arrogant behavior: the White House expects that any of their positions, no matter how it changes, will be perceived by the allies as a guide.

in to action. In the current situation, a signal is being sent to the satellites from the United States – they say, we can sit down at the negotiating table with Moscow, if it suits us, or we can take a tougher line.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Zelensky is blackmailing his partners with the fact that Russia can undermine the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. It got to the point that he was already besieged in Washington. Natalya Metlina asked if Zelensky was going to play a more independent role. “When Zelensky shouts about Russia’s plans to blow up nuclear power plants, this is complete nonsense,” the deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation replied. – We definitely do not need this, and any sane politician, including in the West, understands this. But Zelensky indicates his readiness for provocation. And the West is very interested in this position. Another thing is that he is still being held. This is also a demonstration of the possibilities: we will do whatever we want with Zelensky.”

While a NATO gathering is being prepared in Lithuania, a conference was held in the Netherlands against the alliance and its aggressive plans. The host was asked what could make Western leaders listen to the voices of reason. Dmitry Novikov pointed out the importance of expanding protest activity here: “Today this activity is noticeable and it is growing. I can proudly say that the European left, including the communist parties, is very active in this work. Many parties that are launching an anti-NATO and anti-war movement have direct contacts and cooperation agreements with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.”

For now, according to Novikov, Western governments still have the opportunity to either pretend that this protest movement does not exist, or “prevent” it with the help of police forces. “But the movement has the potential for growth, and this is extremely important for us,” the guest of the studio summed up.

The representative of the Communist Party warned some experts against trying to talk about “Western society” as something whole and unified. He stressed that this society is heterogeneous and cited Silvio Berlusconi as an example. This was a right-wing politician whom Novikov himself considered an opponent on many issues. But in Italy, he had “his own voice” and proved that his country has its own internal life and political struggle on various issues. “If we forget about all this and write everyone down as enemies, then there will be more enemies. You need to be able to differentiate the Western political world and find ways to cooperate with friendly forces,” the speaker urged.

In one of Russia’s friendly countries – Serbia – the opposition, meanwhile, is demanding joining NATO. The presenter asked how big this risk is. Dmitry Novikov acknowledged that such a risk does exist. He recalled that even the current President Vučić, who is sympathetic to Russia, has repeatedly made statements that Serbia is a European country, and it has no other way: “Decisions on joining NATO may follow such words. At the same time, Serbia is a small country, it cannot determine the policy of Europe. But European politics itself can change over time. It depends both on Russia’s capabilities and on the results of the NWO. China is getting stronger. BRICS is expanding. This means that new centers of power are being formed. And maybe one day a generation of politicians will mature in Europe who will understand that it is not always necessary to trail behind NATO.”

Meanwhile, without dwelling on Europe, NATO does not hide the desire to strengthen its position in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, it is planned to open an office of the alliance in Japan. As Novikov stressed, one of the answers to this could be Russia’s rapprochement with North Korea. He recalled that Russia was involved in the sanctions policy against this country: “It’s time to end this. We need to build truly friendly relations, because the DPRK is a serious counterbalance to the US and NATO activities in Japan and South Korea.”

Dmitry Georgievich added that the American presence in Japan would certainly expand regardless of the formalization of Tokyo’s relations with NATO. In addition, despite Anthony Blinken’s recent trip to China, today we see another delegation of US congressmen in Taiwan. A kind of answer is the fact that deputies and experts from China visited the Russian State Duma today. For every action of the opponents, Novikov noted, there are answers that we will coordinate with the Chinese side. With its policy, Washington is only pushing Russia and China more and more towards rapprochement. If our alliance grows stronger, NATO will not be able to oppose it.

One of the American publications expressed the opinion that Kyiv is failing the counteroffensive in order to quickly sit down at the negotiating table. The deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation questioned this point of view: “I think that Zelensky does not need any peace negotiations. For him, this is political death. Zelensky has no independent state budget, no political will, no ability to carry out domestic programs without the support of NATO countries. And they need Ukraine only as “Anti-Russia”. And Zelensky is interesting to them insofar as

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