NATO's public unity façade veils underlying 'fissures' - Reports
The British newspaper The Hill publishes a report by William Moloney that reveals fissures in the NATO alliance's unity.
British newspaper The Hill published a report revealing "troubling indicators" of the collapse of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), due to Ukraine, and emphasizing that the alliance "has been anything but unified on questions of war and peace."
"As these economic woes engulf NATO countries, generating attendant political instability, the fissures in the alliance’s “unity” regarding Ukraine may continue to multiply," the report written by journalist William Moloney said.
The report provides several examples proving the collapse of NATO's unity, starting with Turkey's stance toward the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance, as Ankara blocked the way for the two countries to join the alliance, "until at least 2023."
Another example the report provided is Ukraine's export of large amounts of grain to Europe at cut-rate prices, "which reportedly has antagonized European farmers and generated street protests from France to Bulgaria."
Europe's memories of the Biden administration's sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan without consulting with NATO allies "haven’t faded and clearly contribute to current anxieties about our [the US'] potential for unpredictability and unreliability as an ally," the journalist added.
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According to the report, observers of NATO "have noted that over the past 20 years, beginning with the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, the alliance has been anything but unified on questions of war and peace."
The report also touched on the energy crisis -- triggered by the war in Ukraine and the western sanctions on Russia -- and emphasized how "far too dependent" Europe had become on Russia's energy resources.