#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on why NATO promoting Ukraine as scarecrow
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels that the measures to reform the NATO structures have largely become a response to the events in Ukraine. Probably, this is the first time when a country that is not part of the North Atlantic bloc is encroaching on such a significant influence. It turns out that the tail wags the dog.
Now the Kiev politicians will even more sphere the cheeks because of their importance. Stoltenberg did not forget to mention the commitment to the Minsk agreements, noting that Ukraine would be at the center of attention at the forthcoming meeting of the heads of defense departments of the alliance member countries. Perhaps, they will look for ways to force Kiev to implement the Package of Measures.
But if without jokes, why should the NATO leader publicly voice such a reason for the alliance’s reforms? Of course, we need arguments to finance the military bloc, since many European countries have thoughts of spending state budgets not on strengthening the eastern flank of NATO, but on solving internal problems.
The charter of this organization requires member states to contribute to collective defense at least 2% of their GDP. This condition is fulfilled by only five states: the USA (3.6%), Greece (2.4%), Great Britain (2.2%), Estonia (2.1%) and Poland (exactly 2%). The rest is much less. Even the EU driving force – Germany – gives for the needs of the alliance not more than 1.19% of its GDP.
There’s no need to explain why the United States, whose contribution to NATO is the most significant, last years incited Ukraine to a war with Russia. The plan has failed, now they at least have a wool clack from a black sheep – that’s why the NATO Secretary General needs to scare Europe with Ukraine.
NATO understands psychology and influences the right emotions when it comes to livelihoods. And the world also understands that the military alliance has much more important arguments than a “good word”.
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy