A New Mission for Europe

The Western world is not anticipating the revival of the Cold War or nor does it have an appetite to remain obsessed with Russia. Nevertheless, the consequences of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its apparent support of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have now to be considered by the Western alliance, NATO, and by the European Union (EU). With the end of the Cold War, NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) entered into relations with Russia and Ukraine. In May 1997 the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation, and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation was signed, and two months later, in July 1997, the NATO-Ukraine Charter was signed. The intention in both cases was to foster dialogue and cooperation between the two sides on a number of issues, political, economic, military, security, and to maintain peace in the area based on principles of democracy and security. These arrangements were followed by an agreement in May 1998 to set...(Read Full Article)