Skip to Content

Helmut Kohl and George Bush snr. Wikipedia
Berlin

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

    Read more

    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.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Food, energy, housing: True German inflation is 56 percent

    BerlinPrices are skyrocketing and we are all getting poorer - everyone feels the price shock, but in statistics it shows up much smaller. Official inflation figures are around 10 percent. But many citizens notice in their everyday life: Prices are rising - in the supermarket, at the gas station - much faster.

    Cold weather warning adds to Europe’s gloom as it battles self-inflicted energy crisis

    The weather in Europe is usually difficult to predict because conditions are dictated by several remote factors, but Europe may experience a colder winter with less wind and rain than usual, according to the European Weather Forecast Agency. This is bound to heighten the challenges facing governments trying to solve the continent’s energy crisis. 

    Unvaccinated are ‘the best of mankind’

    ParisFrench General Christian Blanchon, aged 58, commanded the 1st Parachute Regiment at Toulouse. He served as an officer in operations in Lebanon, Chad, Central Africa and Kosovo. And on September 9, 2022, this highly respected general published a tribute to the unvaccinated, which has gone viral on social media, but is being ignored by the mainstream media.

    The ‘lunatic in the Kremlin’ is surprisingly lucid

    MoscowMuch is being said about Putin's grand speech on the annexation of former Ukrainian territories. But the alleged “madman in the Kremlin”, in contrast to the geriatric US President Joe Biden, offered valuable insights into the neoliberal and neocolonial Anglo-Saxon world view.

    Meloni sticks to Anglo-Saxon course

    RomeFor those who had hoped that cooler heads would prevail, Italy's likely new head of government, Giorgia Meloni, has made an important political announcement: immediately after her election victory, she declared her solidarity with Ukraine and assured Kiev's President Zelensky of Italy's continued full support.

    US helicopters circled over Nordstream for weeks

    Gdansk/RønneMore and more disturbing details are coming to light in connection with the bombing of the Nordstream pipeline in the Baltic Sea.

    Nordstream pipeline likely sabotaged

    The politically motivated sabotage behind the apparently serious and wanton damage to the gas pipelines Nordstream 1 and Nordstream 2 were likely ordered by a technically and militarily highly developed state. The aim of this crime, a very large-scale crime, could only have been to destroy any hope of further gas deliveries from Russia to Germany.

    Hungarian FM: Europe’s narrative about war no longer relevant

    New YorkAt the UN General Assembly in New York, Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó made an interesting observation: Europe has long since lost the "race of narratives" in connection with the Ukraine war.

    Industrialist: ‘The Americans control everything in the background’

    Burladingen German industrialist Wolfgang Grupp, the CEO of textile giant Trigema, does not understand why Germans suddenly see Vladimir Putin as a mortal enemy. He believes that the US is controlling everything in the background and are the only winners of this war.

    German secret service operates fake accounts to lure ‘right-wing extremists’

    BerlinAnyone who criticizes the German system is quickly labelled as an "extremist". But because the state still has not found enough "right-wing extremists", it has decided to help a little bit.

    Go to archive