The process of the expansion of NATO towards the borders of Russia
In his speech to the Kremlin on Russian-Crimean unification on March 18, 2014, President Vladimir Putin pointed towards NATO’s eastward expansion since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1990-91 as symptom of a broader campaign to contain Russia and to disrupt Eurasian integration. Putin stated:
“We understand what is happening; we understand that these actions were aimed against Ukraine and Russia and against Eurasian integration…They have lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an accomplished fact. This happened with NATO’s expansion to the East, as well as the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders… In short, we have every reason to assume that the infamous policy of containment, led in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, continues today. They are constantly trying to sweep us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it.”
The map above shows the process of NATO expansion right to the borders of Russia. Below are a series of items from recent days which indicate that the process of expansionism by NATO has led directly to a full wartime mobilization against Russia.