Letter From the Editors: July 4 - 10, 2016

Author: Xenia Grushetsky

Russia and NATO: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?

The countdown to the next NATO summit in Warsaw is nearing the final few ticks. Never has anticipation of a NATO summit been so high - and that’s perhaps the only thing NATO members and Russia can agree on. "In Warsaw, NATO will show the world that it is ready to shape the security environment, promote peace and project stability," Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski stated excitedly. Meanwhile, such unabated enthusiasm drew some sneers from Moscow. According to Russian senator Konstantin Kosachov, NATO is a cold war relic that has struggled to find its purpose in the modern world. "Despite being armed to the teeth and prepared to deflect any large-scale military aggression.. . the alliance has been completely useless in combating modern threats - namely, the threat of terrorism," Kosachov crowed in a lengthy Rossiiskaya gazeta editorial piece.

Meanwhile, NATO set some ambitious goals for the upcoming summit - deploying four battalions numbering a total of 4,000 troops in the Baltic states and Poland. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the summit should agree on ways to "step up our efforts to project stability beyond our borders." But the acute phase of the conflict between Russia and NATO (read: the West) has passed, writes commentator Leonid Radzikhovky. Ukraine remains a major bone of contention, but nevertheless, a "bad peace" can be expected, he states.

Another uneasy truce is this week’s release from house arrest of embattled Domodedovo airport owner Dmitry Kamenshchik. According to Vedomsti’s Aleksandra Terentyeva, it seems that Kamenshchik has dodged a bullet. Moreover, he did comply with the investigation’s demands to set up a compensation fund for victims of the January 2011 terrorist blast in the airport. Of course, writes Terentyeva, in Russia you never know how long until your lucky streak runs out. Still, Kamenshchik proved more tenacious ...

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