The German parliament invited Russia to join NATO. Did he get the wrong script or had another purpose

 The German parliament invited Russia to join NATO. Did he get the wrong script or had another purpose

Comments: NATO is an important collective security organization in Europe. Although after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the relationship between Russia and NATO has eased, but NATO still takes Russia as the imaginary enemy. Russia has expressed its willingness to join NATO many times in its history, but never has. In recent years, with the increasing contradictions and differences between western countries and the growing willingness of Russia and Europe to cooperate, Russia has become an important chip in dealing with the United States. Germanys proposal to invite Russia to join NATO this time is a response and counterattack to the recent vicious relationship between Germany and the United States. However, Germany and the United States have common interests in many fields, such as politics, security and economy. Especially in the field of security, Germany relies heavily on the United States. Therefore, Germanys invitation to Russias accession to the treaty is more a personal view of the legislators, and the German government will not put it into practice.

The German army preparing for the exercise

Germany and the United States are constantly arguing and their relations are in turmoil and ups and downs

In recent years, the relationship between virtue has been in the turbulent stage of ups and downs. After the trump administration came to power, it blindly pursued the Unilateralism Policy and the so-called U.S. priority. The differences with European allies became more and more obvious, and the transatlantic rift became more and more difficult to bridge. As an important country in Europe and the leader of the European Union, the differences and conflicts between Germany and the United States have become more and more intense.

In many contradictions and differences, the issue of military expenditure has always been the focus of the dispute between Germany and the United States. The trump government has constantly accused Germany of too little military expenditure and insufficient contribution to NATOs military expenditure sharing, which makes it unable to effectively perform its allies responsibilities and demands that it increase its military expenditure. Trump believes that at present, Germanys military expenditure only accounts for 1.25% of GDP, while NATO stipulates that the military expenditure of each member state should account for 2% of GDP. Germany is not up to the standard in this respect. Germany will increase this proportion to 4% by 2020, which means that Germany will spend more than 110 billion US dollars annually, almost three times of the current German military expenditure. It is difficult for Germany to accept such high military expenditure pressure. The novel coronavirus pneumonia, Bauer, said that the US demands for a higher military expenditure ratio were unreasonable. This standard does not accurately measure the performance of NATO members, especially considering the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, and should find a more reasonable solution on the issue of military expenditure.

In order to put pressure on Germany, trump began to attack the US troops stationed in Germany, threatening to withdraw some American troops from Germany. According to the Wall Street Journal, some of the allies will withdraw from the United States in June 2020. On June 15, trump officially announced that the total number of US troops stationed in Germany would be reduced to 25000. The US forces stationed in Germany are the adhesive of Germanys two NATO allies and the link between the United States and European allies. The withdrawal will further cause European allies, especially Germany, to worry about the reliability of the US commitment. At the same time, trump also questioned the legitimacy of NATO and threatened the United States to withdraw from NATO. This will not only shake the common defense foundation of NATO, but also may change the European security order after World War II. All of these have aroused strong dissatisfaction of Germany and increasingly lose faith in the United States.

In addition, the United States has also pointed fingers at the ongoing beixi-2 natural gas pipeline cooperation project between Germany and Russia, believing that it has too close relations with Russia, and has imposed sanctions on the companies related to the project. In addition to those companies directly involved in the construction, even those companies that provide services for the project are also on the sanction list of the United States Squeeze Russian natural gas, expand the share of American natural gas in European market, hinder Russia to continue to use energy as a lever of European policy; on the other hand, it also hinders the relaxation of relations between Europe, especially Germany and Russia. All this has angered Germany as a serious interference in its sovereignty and energy security. In this case, Germany began to rethink the orientation of the alliance between Europe and the United States, and sought to play a more independent role in the international arena. Among them, the best and most powerful way is to win over Russia.

The United States has deployed nuclear weapons in Germany

Germany and Russia are attracted to each other and their relations are getting closer

As Germany is in the forefront of NATOs confrontation with Russia, it is directly facing Russias security threat. Therefore, the geographical interests of the two countries are very close. Moreover, Germanys own strength is limited, and it needs to expand the market to obtain more interests. Therefore, the relationship between Germany and Russia is relatively close. For example, during the cold war, although most European countries regarded Russia as a public enemy, the Federal Republic of Germany was constantly easing the contradictions between the two sides in order to maintain its own security. In September 1955, Adenauer, the first Prime Minister of West Germany, led a large delegation to visit the Soviet Union and offered an olive branch to the Soviet Union. This not only helped Germany to get rid of the United States domination, but also promoted the formation of Germanys leading position in the European Union.

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Germany and Russia still maintained close contacts. With the long-term political and economic cooperation with Russia, Germany gradually dominated the Russian European relations. At present, Russia has become one of the important pillars of Germanys multilateral relations, and many regional disputes are solved by Russias assistance. For example, Germany believes that Russia is one of the most important parties involved in the Ukraine and Syria issues. Without Russias participation and cooperation, it is impossible to solve these problems, and European refugees will also have a greater impact on them. Therefore, Germany is willing to open dialogue and build trust with Russia. In addition, Germany also relies heavily on Russian energy to develop its economy, among which Russias natural gas imports rank first among European countries. At present, Germany and Russia are building the beixi-2 project, which is a 1200 km long natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Through this pipeline, Russia will first transport natural gas to Germany, and then Germany will send it to other European countries. Once the project is completed, it will be a significant event not only for Germany, but also for Europe, which can effectively ease the relationship between Russia and Europe It is also conducive to deepening cooperation between Europe and Russia. For this reason, Germany attaches great importance to the project. In response to the interference of the United States in the project, the German Foreign Ministry recently issued a statement saying that Germany will ignore the pressure of the United States, continue to maintain cooperation with Russia in energy, and even oppose the United States, so as to ensure the energy supply and security of itself and European countries.

German officials confirmed that Merkel is considering taking advantage of the rotating presidency of the EU to launch coordinated action at the EU level to deal with the threat of US sanctions. In the face of Germanys olive branch, Russia also said that it would increase its oil output and temporarily retain the qualification of the European Commission to contribute to the establishment of a greater Europe strategy. Generally speaking, there is a complementary relationship between Germany and Russia. Both countries recognize that as adversaries, both sides can not swallow each other. Driven by strategic considerations and national interests, both sides must strengthen cooperation to obtain the interests most in line with their own needs. Under the guidance of this understanding and thinking, the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation will continue to expand in the future.

According to NATOs internal agreement, German gale fighters can carry us nuclear weapons.

The targets are sharply opposed, and the possibility of entering the treaty is very small

For a long time, Russia and NATO have been engaged in a tit for tat struggle. However, in history, there have been dramatic situations in which Russia wants to join NATO many times. For example, after Putin came to power, he applied to join NATO three times in 2001, 2004 and 2008. On the one hand, his intention was to resolve the confrontation with European countries, integrate himself into Europe and be accepted by European countries, so as to more easily introduce European capital and technology, and export a large number of his own resources to the European market, so as to realize Russias economic revitalization On the other hand, it also tries to use NATO agencies to return to the European continent again, strengthen international relations with European countries, gain a greater voice in decision-making, and at the same time weaken the leadership of the United States and realize the dominant power in European affairs.

However, as NATO is an organization set up to fight against the Soviet Union, even if the Soviet Union disintegrates, Russia is still a huge threat to NATO. Its ultimate strategic goal is to continue to disintegrate and split Russia. If Russia joins NATO, NATO will inevitably fall into the dilemma of lack of opponents and lose its significance of existence. Moreover, Russias size is too large, even if NATO agrees to absorb Russia, it is difficult to digest it, which may eventually lead to the disintegration of the organization. Therefore, the vast majority of NATO countries are opposed to Russias accession to NATO, resulting in repeated setbacks in Russias accession efforts.

Germanys military dependence on the United States is still relatively large

For Germany, whether from the historical complex, national characteristics or geopolitics, it does not have the necessary conditions to form an alliance with Russia. Although the current relationship between Germany and Russia is getting closer, it does not mean that the two sides can put aside their historical prejudices and reach an agreement at the strategic level, but more realistic considerations driven by security threats and interests. Germany has always maintained a high degree of vigilance against Russia, believing that Russias strong performance on Ukraine and Syria has led to political instability in Europe and does not want a strong Russia to pose a threat to European security. In terms of values and ideology, it is even more difficult to reconcile the contradictions and differences between the two sides.

In addition, as a core member of NATO, Germany must faithfully perform its duties as an ally of the United States. Although there are constant frictions between Germany and the United States, the two countries still have many common interests in politics, security, economy and other fields. Especially in the security issue, Germany relies heavily on the United States. Although Germany is economically developed and has always played the role of planner and commander in the overall defense of Europe, its own military defense strength is relatively weak, and even three and a half generations of fighters are not abundant. Therefore, in the field of military security, Germany must obey the United States, and it is difficult for the two sides to break up. Moreover, while cooperating with Russia, Germany must also take into account the concerns of other NATO members, especially the Eastern European countries, otherwise it will lose the collective identity of the EU, gradually be marginalized, and eventually seriously weaken Germanys influence and status in Europe.

To sum up, although the differences between Germany and the United States are intensifying and the relationship between Germany and Russia is getting closer, it is not possible for Germany to really draw Russia to compete with the United States. This time, German legislators proposed that Russia join NATO is more of an equity strategy, and the government will not really implement it. In essence, the Eastward Expansion Policy led by NATO and the westward advance strategy implemented by Russia are ideological opposites. The positions and objectives of both sides are sharply opposed and cannot be reconciled. The possibility of Russias joining NATO is very small.

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