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    NATO: West Must be Ready for Long Russia Standoff

    OSLO—
    The West must be ready for a long standoff with Russia over Ukraine and not quickly resume normal ties as it did after the 2008 Georgian war, a top NATO official said on Monday.

    "Our strategy has to be one of patience and consistency. Russia expects us to give up the sanctions and go back to business as usual, without changing its own conduct," Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in a speech to the Leangkollen foreign policy conference in Oslo.

    "That is basically what we did after the war in Georgia in 2008. But this time around, having chosen our course, we must stick to it," said Vershbow, NATO's No. 2 civilian official and a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow.

    Russia and Georgia fought a war in 2008 over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    The war severely damaged relations between Moscow and the West, but drew no direct sanctions, and the European Union and NATO quickly went back to business as usual with Moscow.

    Just three months after the Georgian war, the EU relaunched talks with Russia on a partnership pact, and seven months after the war, NATO resumed formal ties with Moscow.

    Vershbow said NATO did not seek confrontation with Russia and was not looking for regime change.

    "What we do want is for Moscow to change its behavior ... and to return to the spirit of cooperation. ... This may be a long time coming, and will call for strategic patience, but I don't think we have any alternative," he said.

    Following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last March and what NATO said is the direct involvement of Russian troops in supporting separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine, the West's response has been tougher.

    The EU and the United States have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, and NATO has suspended all practical cooperation with Moscow.

    Vershbow said Russia has appeared determined to detach itself from Europe since Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency in 2012, to assert itself in its own neighborhood, and to seek to build alternative groupings to the West.

    With frequent snap military exercises, like one currently under way in the Kaliningrad region, Moscow seemed determined to "surprise, shock and intimidate," he said.

    NATO: West Must be Ready for Long Russia Standoff

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    So a military alliance, who needs war to exist, is touting the next cold war.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    What we do want is for Moscow to change its behavior
    A bit like a mugger and murdered saying that the victim needed to change their behavior.

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    Vershbow said Russia has appeared determined to ... assert itself in its own neighborhood ...
    And NATO countries never, ever do anything like that at all, ever.

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    Funny! Whose on whose border?

    All the West's aggression and world policing is doing is forming a stronger alliance between Russia and china. Obama is presently on all 4s in India but my guess is India will bond with Russia baring in mind who supplies them with military hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones View Post
    Funny! Whose on whose border?

    All the West's aggression and world policing is doing is forming a stronger alliance between Russia and china. Obama is presently on all 4s in India but my guess is India will bond with Russia baring in mind who supplies them with military hardware.
    Tend to agree especially the massive snubb from obomba when in the middle of talks with India he ran to Saudi to suck the schlong of the new brutal dictator

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