Relations between Russia and NATO in the coming years will worsen, says analyst

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotobanka of the countries participating in NATO. Archival photoRelations between Russia and NATO in the coming years will worsen, says analyst© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the Alliance will seek to improve relations with Russia, it is the duty sentence, in the coming years the relations of NATO and Russia will only worsen, says associate Professor of international security faculty of world politics of Moscow state University Alexei Fenenko.

Stoltenberg in an interview with RIA Novosti earlier said that the Alliance will continue to seek to improve relations with Russia, but will take into account the situation around Ukraine.

«It’s a catchphrase Stoltenberg and nothing more, because so far no practical steps it is not accompanied by. Today there are three main problems in relations of Russia and NATO, which require urgent solutions. The first is the fate of the founding act Russia-NATO. It formally ceased to operate from may 27, 2017 and was not the procedure for its automatic renewal. We still don’t know it works or not,» said Fenenko RIA Novosti.

«Secondly, this Russian initiative on the safety of flights over the Baltic and Black seas. Again, nothing is clear. The third point — there are no negotiations on confidence-building measures. I mean, it’s just words,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

On the contrary, experts predict a deterioration of relations between NATO and Russia in the coming years.

«I believe that in the near future relations between Russia and NATO will rapidly deteriorate. I do not rule out that there may be a limited military conflict between us. There are a few pain points: Transnistria, the Baltic sea. It is not excluded that the Georgian direction, if NATO again will try to play the Georgian map. It can be a serious a limited conflict in a particular theater of war,» added Fenenko.