Compared with current US President Trump, Biden, who will succeed, is a hardcore “anti-Russian”; and unlike Trump rubbing his European allies on the ground, Biden attaches more importance to his relationship with allies. Therefore, before Biden came to power, NATO was ready to kill Russia.
December 1, at a press conference after the first day of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg said that the foreign ministers of member states agreed that NATO should restart its containment policy against Russia. In its strategy report on the continued “containment” of Russia, NATO claimed that Russia was seeking hegemony over the former Soviet republics and undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of these countries, such as Ukraine and Georgia. NATO must strengthen its partnership with “vulnerable democracies” who want to join NATO, and must adopt a two-track approach to Russia that parallels containment and dialogue.
After Biden showed signs of victory in the U.S. election, NATO, which was tossed by Trump to almost “brain death”, was relieved that the “leading big brother” of the United States finally came back! In order to cooperate with Biden’s argument that Russia is regarded as the “most enemy”, or to court Biden, European countries have taken action to carry out frequent military exercises and scout provocations near the Russian border.
In response to Russia, NATO has proposed a new containment plan, which plans to coordinate the deployment of 30 air squadrons, 30 mechanized battalions and 30 warships within 30 days in accordance with the principle of “four thirtieths” in order to respond to Russia’s “destabilizing behavior” in a timely manner and respond to Russia’s enemy. It’s very meaningful.
Although some major European countries, such as Germany and France, have advocated dialogue and contact with Russia in recent years, and Russia has also launched some cooperative dialogues with European countries, the pressure on Russia caused by NATO’s eastward expansion has never dissipated. Trump’s behavior towards European allies has made European countries have to consider improving their relations with Russia while trying to save the United States, so that they can be caught off guard in case of the last-see situation. This also gives European countries more opportunities to engage with Russia, and even plans to join the European Union.
Biden’s victory has caused major European countries to reconsider their relations with Russia, and the fundamental calm between Russia and Europe in recent years will also be broken. It’s not good news for Russia. You know, in the past four years, although Trump has often flattered Putin and rarely criticized Russia, the United States’ sanctions against Russia have never been relaxed. It is conceivable that even Trump dares not relax sanctions against Russia, and the Biden administration will only go beyond it.
Sanctions are second. For Russia, the greater threat is NATO’s eastward expansion. Now NATO has 30 member states, and the tip of the knife has been forced to Russia’s heart. But NATO’s vigilance against Russia has not relaxed at all. In NATO’s view, only Russia, which is locked in a cage, is a good Russia.
In the face of NATO’s aggressive trend, Russia is not vegetarian. Over the years, he invaded South Ossetia and annexed Crimea, which forced himself to open up a way to live. Trump’s “America First” policy has torn the relationship between the United States and Europe, leaving Russia with more room for movement in defense security. The first thing Biden came to power was to pull Europe back into the arms of the United States and re-knit a network against Russia within the NATO structure.
NATO has taken the lead, which indicates that Russia’s situation will be more difficult in the next four years. Whether it can withstand the pressure of NATO is a very severe test for Russia.