Rassmussen about Russia's Aggression: Peace and Security in Europe and North America under Threat Like Never Before


With Russia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has tried long and hard to build a partnership that respects Russia's security concerns and is based on international rules and norms. Regrettably, Russia has rejected our efforts to engage. Russia has trampled on all the rules and commitments that have kept peace in Europe and beyond since the end of the Cold War. It is now clear that Russia regards the West as an adversary, not a partner.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO, writes this in his article in The Wall Street Journal.

"The peace and security we enjoy in Europe and North America are under threat like never before. These challenges will last for years, and we need to face that reality," he writes.

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Comparing the threat of the Islamic State and Russia's aggression against Ukraine, Rasmussen has come to a large-scale conclusion: " We are confronted by forces of oppression that reject our liberal democracy and our liberal, rules-based international order. While their agendas and ideologies are different, they are virulently against the West and what we represent. They will grasp every opportunity to undermine our values of individual liberty, freedom, democracy, the rule of law and human rights."

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"We need an even closer partnership between the European Union and NATO and to keep the door open to new members. Our liberal international order--embracing freedom, democracy, the market economy, common rules and norms, and renouncing territorial conquest--has brought unprecedented peace, progress and prosperity to billions of people. This has been an historic achievement. So we must stand up with greater confidence for our principles and our values," the secretary general of NATO writes.

"If we fail to defend democracy, forces of oppression will seize the opportunity. Because appeasement does not lead to peace. It just incites the tyrants. Failure to counter oppression will only invite further oppression. Military action will always be the last resort, but we must be able to use it when we need to. Not to wage war, but to build peace," Rasmussen concludes.

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