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Archive find confirms NATO’s promise of never expanding eastward

Representatives of the Russian government have repeatedly asked the US for security guarantees as NATO continues its expansion towards Russia. Meanwhile, Washington claims the situation on the Ukrainian border with Russia is very threatening, ignoring the promises it made.

Published: February 21, 2022, 8:56 am

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    New security treaties are certainly needed to prevent another NATO adventure like the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. According to Moscow, the latest US response was not appropriate as it did not cover the main demands.

    In March 1991, the US had promised not to expand NATO eastward. “We have made it clear that we will not expand NATO beyond the Elbe,” German diplomat Jürgen Chrobog said at a meeting of the United States, Britain, France and Germany. This protocol meeting record confirms Russia’s view of limited eastward enlargement of the alliance.

    The note from the British National Archives, which has only just surfaced, supports the Russian claim that the West violated promises made in 1990 with NATO’s eastward expansion. This was reported by German weekly Spiegel.

    The US political scientist Joshua Shifrinson discovered the document, which was formerly classified as secret. It is about a meeting of the political directors of the foreign ministries of the US, Great Britain, France and Germany in Bonn on March 6, 1991. A political director heads the political department in the foreign ministry and is regarded as the foreign minister’s closest adviser. The topic was the security of Poland and other Eastern European countries.

    In the early 1990s, Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher negotiated the terms of German unification as well as NATO’s eastward expansion.

    Bonn’s representative Jürgen Chrobog said at the time: “We made it clear in the two-plus-four negotiations that we would not expand NATO beyond the Elbe. We can therefore not offer NATO membership to Poland and the others.”

    The British, French and Americans also rejected NATO membership for the East Europeans. US Representative Raymond Seitz said: “We have made it clear to the Soviet Union – in two-plus-four talks and elsewhere – that we will not take advantage of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Eastern Europe.”

    This casts a negative light on Washington’s commitment to keep its promises.

    The observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in south east Ukraine reported on Friday that the number of ceasefire violations in the Donbas region of Ukraine had almost doubled.

    The Washington Post cited European officials who have seen no evidence for Washington’s claims of a Russian aggression, suggesting that Ukraine has been responsible for theses violations. The Europeans rely on their own satellite data and military intelligence analysts.

    One European official in Munich pointed out that they had “no clear evidence… that Putin has made up his mind [to invade] and we have not seen anything that would suggest otherwise”.

    The OSCE observer mission has expressed suspicion that the alleged attack on a kindergarten on the Ukrainian side was a false flag perpetrated by the Ukrainians as the observers were “only able to conduct its assessment from a distance of about 50m from the north-eastern facade and of about 30m from the south-western facade of the damaged building, as a law enforcement officer did not allow the Mission to access the site saying that an investigation was ongoing”.

    Denis Pushilin, the leader of Donetsk, and Leonid Pasechnik, the leader of Luhansk, have ordered the evacuation of all civilians from the area as the Ukranians continue to shell the regions.

    US President Joe Biden is however doubling down on fact-free and fraudulent claims: “We have reason to believe the Russian forces are planning to and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week, in the coming days.” He added that  Moscow planned to “target Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, a city of 2,8 million innocent people”.

    Biden continued his belligerent rant: “I’m convinced he’s [Putin] made the decision” based on the “significant intelligence capability” of the US.

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