Russia stops all cooperation with NATO

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko said in an interview that Russia has stopped all association with NATO—North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.

Related: BRICS VS NATO: The differences and how they compare

NATO suspended military and civilian cooperation with Russia in 2014 over the crisis in Ukraine. Russia, in February 2014 had several military attacks into the Ukrainian territory – after the fall of the then Ukraine President, Viktor Yanukovych—Russian soldiers in the absence of insignias took charge of military positions and took control of infrastructure within the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

Grushko told the state ran media agency, RIA Novosti news agency that “NATO has itself abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” as reported by The Moscow Times.

The interview came a day after US military officers said that the lack of communication between the US and US could lead to a nuclear war by “mistake or miscalculation”. The former permanent Russia NATO representative between the years 2012 and 2018 warned NATO against military conflict with Russia.

Related: Trump to designate Brazil as a “Major Non-NATO ally”


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Additional reporting: The Moscow Times


Trump to designate Brazil as a “Major Non-NATO ally”

US President Donald Trump hosted Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro at the White House, on Tuesday .The leaders of the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere held a joint press conference after a private meeting.

During the press meeting US President congratulated Bolsonaro on the October election victory.

The right-wing league discussed mutual priorities, including the Venezuela crisis. “Along with the United States, Brazil was one of the first nations to recognize Venezuela’s legitimate Interim President, Juan Guaidó”, Trump said.

The US President further said that he intends to make Brazil a major Non-NATO ally or a NATO ally. According to President Trump this will greatly advance security and cooperation between the US and Brazil.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) , also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane


US warns it could take out Russian missile

The US has warned it could attack the Russian Missiles if they don’t comply with international commitments to arms reduction. The US says it has evidence of Russia’s non-compliance to arms reduction regulations.

NATO defence ministers are also meeting today to discuss their concerns over Russia. The ministers are saying that Russia is building medium-range ballistic missiles which violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is crucial in guarantying security for the past 30 years. The treaty was created to prevent the US and Russia from creating new weapons of this class as well as remove them from use.

NATO has also called on Russia to address these concerns, a new missiles system which may be going against the INF treaty is a very open manner.




BRICS VS NATO: The differences and how they compare

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Comparing BRICS and NATO is very difficult as the BRICS bloc is still relatively small and new establishing in 2006, while NATO is large and was founded in 1949.

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) 5 member states from South America, Africa, Asia and Eurasia was founded on principles of cooperation, trade, non-interference, equality, and mutual benefit.

While NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) consisting of 29 member states from North America, Europe and Turkey, was founded on the principles of collective defense and security of the North Atlantic area, defending each other when needed (an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all).

Initially, NATO was established as an organisation to prevent another world war, to build trade partners and hedge against the feared communism of the time. Today it is well noted by economist that NATO has helped its member states, by boosting not only trade but their economies, education systems, innovation and entrepreneurship.

BRICS can therefore be seen as a NATO in the beginning stages per se, BRICS only being established in 2006 known then as BRIC, is an association of major emerging economies similar to NATO but with less focus on defence and military actions. Today BRICS (with the joining of South Africa) is more interested in the development of it member states in these key areas: economy, business and trade, education, agriculture, health, technology, science and trade.

BRICS countries contribute up to 23.2%, $18.6 trillion of Global GDP, the 5 countries make up over 3 billion in population numbers or 42.58% of the global population. While NATO’s population size of over 900 million people and the GDP of all NATO members combined, makes up almost $40 trillion.

So if we can use NATO as measuring stick as to where BRICS can go or how big it can become, then it is clear that BRICS is far from reaching its full potential as yet. All the five BRICS members are still classified as developing nations. While NATO is full of developed countries whom have already reach the heights of their individual peaks.