NATO-Russia: re-reset?
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NATO-Russia: re-reset?

Forget the headlines showing tension between NATO countries and Russia, says Konstatin von Eggert. It's the low profile cooperation taking place regularly between the two that will help build a foundation for better long term relations, he argues.

NATO-Russia: Re-Reset?

Has there been a reset of the ‘reset’?

I don’t like the word reset.

I think it is overpoliticized.

You know, they in Moscow like to say:

It was invented

by the Obama administration.

We never ever said a word

about any kind of reset.

Russians realise that NATO

is not disappearing tomorrow.

NATO realises that Russia

is probably not going

to join NATO in the foreseeable future,

but you have to work together.

What happens in relations

between Russia and NATO

is that they were going on

for well more than fifteen years

since the 1997-founding act.

And, I think, in spite

of what is happening

in the political sphere you have

to do something on the ground,

small things, a manoeuvre there,

a delegation exchange here.

This corporation will continue

and the bits and pieces

will continue to very gradually

build the edifice of something

that eventually may change when

political change comes to Russia.

Is Russia comfortable

with its role in the world?

Yeah, it’s not the superpower

nr. 2 anymore,

but it is still fairly important.

Eventually the Russian government

will settle down

for some more practical,

more realistic assessments

of what it can and cannot do

in the world.

The last few years of both economic

and political crises at home,

have slightly trimmed the ambitions

to a more realistic size,

but I think that development

of politics inside Russia

will probably lead

to better self-respect

and to Russia being more at peace,

not only with his neighbours

and the outside world, but with itself.

NATO-Russia: Re-Reset?

Has there been a reset of the ‘reset’?

I don’t like the word reset.

I think it is overpoliticized.

You know, they in Moscow like to say:

It was invented

by the Obama administration.

We never ever said a word

about any kind of reset.

Russians realise that NATO

is not disappearing tomorrow.

NATO realises that Russia

is probably not going

to join NATO in the foreseeable future,

but you have to work together.

What happens in relations

between Russia and NATO

is that they were going on

for well more than fifteen years

since the 1997-founding act.

And, I think, in spite

of what is happening

in the political sphere you have

to do something on the ground,

small things, a manoeuvre there,

a delegation exchange here.

This corporation will continue

and the bits and pieces

will continue to very gradually

build the edifice of something

that eventually may change when

political change comes to Russia.

Is Russia comfortable

with its role in the world?

Yeah, it’s not the superpower

nr. 2 anymore,

but it is still fairly important.

Eventually the Russian government

will settle down

for some more practical,

more realistic assessments

of what it can and cannot do

in the world.

The last few years of both economic

and political crises at home,

have slightly trimmed the ambitions

to a more realistic size,

but I think that development

of politics inside Russia

will probably lead

to better self-respect

and to Russia being more at peace,

not only with his neighbours

and the outside world, but with itself.

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