Russian political expert: NATO military role in European security system reduced

NATO's military role in the European security system is being reduced, believes prominent Russian political expert Vyacheslav Nikonov. NATO has remained " a serious organisation, but it is less and less showing itself as a military bloc," he said at a press conference in RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

As an example he cited NATO's operation in Yugoslavia where the main role belonged to the US forces, and not to the Alliance, according to Nikonov.

Up to 90 per cent of decisions within NATO are now taken by the USA and only 9 per cent are made after consultations with Paris, London and Berlin, at the expert's estimates.

NATO's expansion is "a wrong concept", and Moscow "has no reasons to support this concept", Nikonov said.

He was skeptical about Ukraine's prospects to join the Alliance. Its aspiration to join NATO is not new for Russian-Ukrainian relations, he added. Russian and Ukrainian relations with the Alliance are developing simultaneously, and "Moscow is definitely outstripping Ukraine in this respect," the Moscow scientist believes.

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