Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 4: The beginning of a new Cold War? The failure of the NATO–Russia strategic partnership
Relations between NATO and the Russian Federation can be illustrated as a peculiar sinusoid. They have had their better and worse moments; however, the latter have been prevailing. After the end of the Cold War, there was a need to create a platform for talks. The NATO–Russia Council was conceived in 2002 as an attempt at formalizing close relations, particularly after Russia’s involvement in the fight against terrorism which followed the 11 September 2001 attacks. The idyll ended when the member states of NATO recognized – against the Russian stand – Kosovo’s independence. The subsequent events can be called a slippery slope. Substantial deterioration of mutual relations and the formal suspension of the NATO–Russia Council’s activity occurred after the military conflict between Russia and Georgia (2008). The next stage of the relations growing colder was the suspension of any civil and military cooperation in reaction to the Russian–Ukrainian conflict initiated in 2014.
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