RT-Engels: 16-07-2024,

History has seen many military alliances. But none has ever had such a clear imbalance as NATO. When it comes to the security of the bloc’s strongest country, the capabilities of other members are of negligible importance.

The arrival of nuclear weapons has freed the powers with significant atomic stockpiles from seeing coalition partners as a necessity rather than a choice. This ultimately defines the dynamic of any alliance they lead. 

NATO – which has just celebrated its 75th anniversary at a summit in Washington – was created for two reasons. The first was to prevent serious internal political changes in its member states and the spread of communism in the countries of Western Europe and Turkey. After the end of the Cold War, membership of the bloc was seen as a safety net for the new authorities in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Ukrainian nationalists viewed joining NATO as the best way to permanently deprive the country’s Russian-speaking population of the ability to determine its own destiny.

Secondly, NATO’s job was to turn Western European countries into an American bridgehead in case of a direct confrontation with the USSR. For this purpose, infrastructure was created and procedures for deploying American forces in Europe were set in place.

NATO has generally been successful at both tasks. This was especially the case when America and its allies were attractive to developing countries that wanted to solve their socio-economic problems by joining the global market economy.

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