Romano Prodi warns NATO about creating irreversible tensions

by Vaska

In a wide-ranging interview with Corriere della Sera, Romano Prodi, former EU Commisioner and Prime Minister of Italy, echoes in a stronger form Zbigniew Brzezinski’s March 9 advice that Ukraine should be kept out of NATO.

“Isolating Russia is counterproductive. The problem is to have a clear idea of what point you need to get to. If you want Ukraine not as a member of NATO or the EU but as a European-friendly country and a bridge to Russia, you should pursue policies consistent with this goal. If the goal is to bring Ukraine into NATO, then you create irreversible tensions.”

Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s earlier statement has not been carried by any English-language MSM and can only be found cited in a March 10 article by SputnikNews:

“We [the United States] should also indicate to Russia that we favor… and expect that Ukraine’s eventual place as a genuine European country, democracy, member of the EU, will not entail membership in NATO,” Brzezinski said.

Brzezinski argued that the United States should make the arrangement with Moscow in order to “cool down the crisis and return to some degree of normalcy.”

Given the most recent Guardian article on the topic of NATO’s expansionism and its broken security promises to Russia — an article that pointedly goes out of its way to distort the historical record and exonerate NATO while ridiculing Russia’s security concerns — Prodi’s current intervention may be taken to signal deepening rifts inside the EU, Washington and NATO on which policies to pursue with respect to Ukraine.


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May 31, 2015 9:10 PM

Just now speaking to a relative who was repeating to me ‘the Guardian myth’ about it’s self-assured independence and long track record of unbiased reporting.
I tried to introduce some corrections, but it’s hard, people are kind of brainwashed, and they don’t really hear you.

Jun 1, 2015 4:42 PM
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I know, Mog. People, especially those of a certain generation, who were young in the 1970s and 1980s, have grown up with a certain image of the Guardian and the old liberal left that’s hard to shift. As with the fans of Obama, Blair and the Labour Party, these old liberals do their own self-propagandising and filtering in order to preserve an illusion that nothing has changed, that Democrat still means Democrat. Liberal still means Liberal. But now, in real Newspeak “Liberal” now means proto-fascist, as indeed does “Conservative” and “Republican”, because the mainstream is now a single unit and all divisions are merely theatre. Obama is Bush in a different skin. Cameron is Blair in a blue tie. “All same”, as my little boy would have said a while back. Those who decline to see this are making themselves part of the problem.

May 27, 2015 3:00 AM

Another guardian article that blatantly lies about NATO expansion.
Who owns this paper that it has just become a mouth piece for neo-cons of the worst kind?