"The Sea Breeze drills, which have been held since 1997, play an important role in strengthening of the Ukrainian-NATO partnership. This being said, NATO has not presented any membership plans to Ukraine and, naturally, nobody is speaking about the full membership in that organization. The United States and European members of NATO do not want to provide Ukraine with security guarantees, and this reality will not change in the nearest future", said Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the Faculty Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at HSE University during the "Expert's Opinion" show today, on July 1.
Also, one of the goals of the military exercises, according to the expert, is provocation, which will include support of tensions on the Russian borders and pursue the policy of containment of Russia. NATO wants to provoke Russia to respond, which then will be presented as demonstration of Russia's aggression and expansionism.
"Russia needs to sustain a reasonably sufficient level of concentration of military power in the Back Sea region. It is necessary to react adequately, but not overagressively to such provocations because they are made in order to depict Russia in the future as a consolidation factor of the West based on the anti-Russian mindset", believes Suslov.
"Military buildup by NATO in Central and Eastern Europe and, in particular, in the Black Sea region can result in a casual military conflict. Russia-NATO do not want a direct conflict as it will lead to the third world war and destruction of both parties, – added the expert. – An unintended conflict may cause the most serious political crisis, which will cross out positive agreements of the Geneva summit and will transfer the Russian-Western confrontation onto a new level".
A recording of the meeting with the expert is available on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund.