The main strategic threat to Russia’s security comes from NATO, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said on December 3 at a meeting with the top officials of the Defense Ministry and the military-industrial sector that took place in Sochi, the president’s press service reports.
At the meeting the president said that “after 2008, our cooperation (with NATO ― Rossa Primavera News Agency) actually rolled back because of alliance’s incorrect and even rude actions towards Russia, totally ignoring the interests of the Russian Federation.”
NATO was established in 1949 as an association of Western countries in their armed confrontation with the Soviet Union. Using the alliance, the USA built its military bases in the member countries, where both conventional and strategic forces were deployed, which could potentially make a nuclear strike on the USSR.
After the Warsaw Pact and the USSR were dissolved, NATO began to expand to the east. Today, the number of member states has reached 29.
Putin gave a historic speech at the Security Conference in Munich in 2007, in which he concluded that NATO, following the USA’s policy of “unipolar world,” was deploying its military forces near Russia’s borders.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency