Rasmussen: Russia Will Increase Pressure on Moldova, Georgia

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Bulgaria: Rasmussen: Russia Will Increase Pressure on Moldova, Georgia NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. File photo.

Russia's military actions in Ukraine have changed the security situation in Europe dramatically, according to the Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

In an interview with the Romanian Hotnews.ro on Thursday, Rasmussen said that he expected a NATO summit in September to discuss long term measures to enhance the collective defense of member countries.

NATO's Secretary General who is on official visit to Romania also spoke of how the Russian misinformation campaigns try to influence decision making in NATO member states and of an increased intelligence activity by Russia.

Rasmussen said that there was no visible evidence of a Russian withdrawal of military forces from the Ukrainian border. Asked whether he fears that Russia will try to destabilize the Republic of Moldova in the next weeks, prior to signing a crucial treaty with the European Union, Rasmussen said that he had no doubt that Russia will increase pressure on Moldova, as well as possibly Georgia in the run-up to the finalization of the association agreement.

"We have seen that in the past, we will see it in the future as well. Because that is the overall goal of Russia, to prevent these countries from seeking closer relations with the European Union and NATO," he argued.

Referring to an article published by Germany's Der Spiegel, according to which Berlin is concerned over the growing influence of Russia on the government in Bulgaria, Rasmussen said he had no reason to doubt Bulgaria's commitment to NATO's allies as well as to its EU obligations.

"But clearly Russia is very active also when it comes to Bulgaria," he added.

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Warfou - 19 May 2014 // 01:39:12

Rasmussen is doing great work. The problem is that while Russia increases its military spending every year, the majority of NATO members are saving on the army. As the ancient Romans used to say - si vis pacem, para bellum - you want peace then be prepared for war. This principle should be followed for at least as long as it is required for Putler to finally understand that aging cannot be undone and neither botox nor a younger wife can bring him his (soviet) youth back. The bad fate of non-democratic countries consist in a fact that they are so much dependant on their leaders (frustrations).

Testing 123 - 19 May 2014 // 01:33:19

No NATO members have been invaded by Russian troops while members of NATO. Sounds like it's worked well so far. One country where NATO troops have brought peace and prosperity: West Germany throughout the Cold War. Ask the people of West Berlin how useful NATO has been. And NATO is not "itself", it's an alliance of voluntary member nations.

Lana J. - 19 May 2014 // 01:00:14

I agree, with everything you said.

Lana J. - 19 May 2014 // 00:58:49

NATO does not care about anyone but itself. Absolutely useless, money wasting organization. From the day it has been created to the present days NATO had done nothing to justify its existence.It was created to protect its members. However, its member never been threatened or attacked. Nevertheless, NATO personnel were actively fighting in one country or another. Why? Everywhere NATO goes it leaves behind destruction, deaths, dysfunctional Governments. Name one country, where deployment of NATO troops brought peace and prosperity. Sorry, NATO, I don't believe your Spiegel's articles, leaked documents, unconfirmed information and all other scary stories that Russia is going attack any country. I never believed in WMD in Iraq - how right I was!

News Flash - 17 May 2014 // 16:26:04

Smart when a small nation forms alliances with others to protect themselves against tyrannical powers that are a threat to their peace, security, and freedom. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Maudlin - 17 May 2014 // 07:58:06

His Danish accent is disgusting. I've been always astonished by the hypocrisy of the small Western European countries like Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium etc. They have never seen Russia attack them, however they always demonize it as the bad guy. Most Europeans are dull creatures. They despise the American hooligans and NATO, but still prefer them as the less evil. Dumb third gender individuals.

Warfou - 16 May 2014 // 21:54:04

Russia seems to have not much common with today's Europe. After Soviet collapse Russian society has return from its 80 years long petrification and is now in a menthal condition, which was typical for western Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. While reading what Vladimir K. says about morality, ethics and today's western society I have a feeling that it is exactly what a common man from the years like 1910-1920 would say if confronted with the world of 2013. One may ask how it is possible to survive in today's world with such a menthality. The answer is - oil for which industrialized nations pay well. Saudi Arabia keeps its feudal laws only because it has lots of it.

amicu - 16 May 2014 // 20:14:50

Only Russia, of course. Although Russia is only partly european. Your mafia resisted heroically.

Vladimir K. - 16 May 2014 // 18:04:14

What an idiot, expanding to demoralize and deculturalize other ex USSR regions. Is there any decent European countries not americanized?

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