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The Russian side makes it clear to American colleagues that the deployment of US troops in Eastern Europe increases tensions. The US said on Wednesday it was sending 1,700 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Poland, while a headquarters unit of about 300 from the 18th Airborne Corps will move to Germany and a 1,000-strong armored unit was being transferred from Germany to Romania. The US decision to deploy more than 3,000 US troops in Germany, Poland and Romania is a “destructive step” that makes it harder to reach a compromise over Ukraine.


The Spanish newspaper El País published the full responses of the United States and NATO to Russia's security proposals. In them, the United States expresses its readiness to discuss mutual obligations under the condition of de-escalation of the situation on the border with Ukraine, but at the same time does not refuse to support NATO's "open door" policy


“The structured dialogue on current and future challenges and risks to security launched within the OSCE is not yet a negotiation on a regime of conventional arms control in Europe, but an attempt to develop a shared understanding of what could be its foundation in the current conditions. Russia has supported this process, yet it specified that unless NATO drops its deterrence policy there could hardly be any progress,” —  Oleg Shakirov, PIR Center consultant.


“We need a successful pilot project for a new Europe, a major and ambitious one. The revival of Ukraine must and can become such a project. It should be based on three legally binding pillars”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Special Advisor to PIR Center, Evgeny Sharov, Independent Ukrainian Analyst.


“The entire European security system, including its military dimension, should be modernized. Here it may be reasonable to come back to Russia’s proposal to draft a comprehensive European Security Treaty, once put forward by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This document could embrace all security dimensions, including the military one, restore the  system  of  control, which  is in  fact lost  now,  over conventional  armed  forces, and  dramatically  improve  the  system  of  confidence- and security-building measures”, – Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of the PIR Center’s Executive Board.


“After the G-20 summit in Brisbane, a moment of clear decision-making comes for Moscow on what outcome it expects for the crisis in the south-east of Ukraine. G-20 summit was one of the last points, where the Kremlin could decide to soften its position on Ukraine and improve relations with the West. However, the country has not taken advantage of this opportunity”, – Member of the Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.


The new issue of the Security Index journal is dedicated to the Russian-Western relations that have become rathertense due to the Ukrainian crisis, - so tense that experts speak about the cold war 2.0. The other important topics, discussed in the journal, are situation in Afghanistan after the troops’ withdrawal, the settlement of the Iranian unclear program. In addition, the authors address the subject of nonstrategic nuclear weapons, joint policy in cybersecurity, increase in combat capabilities.


“We have developed the basis of cooperative information policy. The point is that states should take responsibility for strengthening friendly ties by eliminating offensive and humiliating evaluations of their partners in publications. We are not talking about concealing objective problems, but about discussing these problems correctly,” - Nikolay Bordyuzha, Secretary General of the CSTO.


“Important trend of 2014 will be the restructuring of the global terrorist network. A few years ago we had to deal with al-Qaeda and the two or three major terrorist organizations. But today the situation is different. There is a feeling that we are increasingly dealing with a huge number of autonomous, small and not related to each other terrorist cells that are difficult to control from one center”, ­– President of the Center on Global Interests, Nikolai Zlobin.


“Today a global project in NATO-Russian relations should be initiated by North-Atlantic Alliance. In case Brussels would propose a big and well specified project to Russia, cooperation could move out of the deadlock. Holding big joint military exercises, of the kind the parties did not have for a long time already, could be a good example of such project” – PIR Center Vice President Dmitry Polikanov.