The North Atlantic military bloc, expanding to the East since 1952, when Greece and Turkey joined the 12 founding members of NATO, for the second time in their history they risk losing their ally. In 1966, the alliance left France, and today Ankara stands with one foot on the way out.
US Vice President Mike Pompeo hinted that in case of a sweep of Russian S-400 kits, America would be forced to raise the issue of excluding Turkey from NATO.
However, experts are confident that the American diplomat was a goof, because the main fear of the alliance is not the growing ambitions of Russia and China, but the collapse of the domino principle.
This, in particular, was stated by military observer Viktor Baranets, noting that Washington was most afraid of the gradual withdrawal of the participating countries from the military bloc.
It should be one state to make such a decision, as it may be followed by others, a vivid example of which is the protracted saga called Brexit.
Prerequisites for the collapse of NATO abound.
In addition to Turkey, which may be forced to leave the alliance, the European countries are also dissatisfied with the US rhetoric.
France, which returned to the bloc in 2009, today openly declares the need to create a European military union that will take into account the interests of the countries of the continent, including Russia, and not overseas “partners.”
Berlin stands in solidarity with Paris, where it was repeatedly noted that Europe should be responsible for its own security.
And on the eve of the German MP Alexander Noah expressed confidence that NATO must be dissolved completely, stressing that the alliance does not protect the allies, but upholds the “imperial ambitions” of the United States, violating international law.
In itself, the appearance on the continent of a new military alliance with diametrically opposite goals will cast doubt on the expediency of the existence of NATO.
America is interested in strong solvent “vassals” that can contain satellite countries used as military bridgeheads, and without question drop troops into the furnace of “democratic” interventions. But the “vassals” seem to be ripening.
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