"Russia's official recognition as a major threat to NATO is more of a symbolic step, but it exacerbates tensions between the federation and the West."

This was stated by the American political scientist Eduard Lozanski in a comment for the Russian newspaper "Izvestia" on the occasion of the summit of the alliance in Madrid.

"The pact states that it hopes to keep the channels of contact with Moscow in order to reduce risks and prevent escalation. But as its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted earlier, a full-fledged dialogue between the two countries is impossible. Moscow is hardly ready either, "Izvestia added, quoted by BTA.

"The bloc's decision indicates that NATO will pursue a policy of deterring Russia, effectively targeting Russia's national interests, by building its armed forces accordingly and taking destructive action," political scientist Sergei Ermakov told Pravda.

This does not only apply to armaments, but also to cyberspace, outer space and all other areas, he added.

"All the vanity of world leaders no longer affects the fate of the world, as until recently, all the current important decisions of NATO, recently predicted by Jens Stoltenberg, are ultimately hollow," the chairman of the commission wrote in his article in Rossiyskaya Gazeta. on Foreign Affairs to the Upper House of the Russian Parliament Konstantin Kosachev.

"What's new about NATO calling Russia a major threat and intending to oppose it? Was it different before?"

The Russian politician asked rhetorically.

"Any strengthening of the Alliance means deepening problems and escalating conflicts - a source of problems, not a solution. However, discussions with NATO on this issue are useless." Until the bloc enters the 21st century, it does not accept its realities. lasting peace in Europe and the democratic order of the planet will remain a distant goal for humanity for a long time to come, "said Kosachov, who said the barrier to that goal was" the authoritarian NATO-centric model of world order. " Judging by the decisions of the Madrid meeting and the Russian reaction, relations between Russia and the collective West will be completely destroyed, and there is still room for further deterioration, regardless of the perceptionthat he has nowhere else to go, "Kommersant writes.

Opponents clearly do not want a frontal confrontation, but the struggle between them could affect a number of “gray areas.” Ukraine is not the only country whose territory first became a region where Russia and the West competed for influence and then became a battlefield. Moldova and Georgia also belong to the conditional gray zone, and these post-Soviet countries are moving towards the European Union (Tbilisi still relies on membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), but will soon not be able to enter there, so Moscow may tried to bring them back to his sphere of influence, "the daily said.

According to military expert Alexander Bartosz, quoted by Vzglyad, the results of the Madrid meeting show that NATO has entered into "preparations for war with Russia".

NATO: Russia is the biggest and most immediate threat

"Moscow will have to take serious measures to ensure national security. Naturally, this preparation will require time, effort and resources, including the transfer of troops. However, we should not remain indifferent," the Russian analyst said.