“NATO is a military alliance,” says Fyodor Lukyanov, “it is not something to promote democracy or prosperity”. The editor-in-chief of the renowned Moscow-based magazine “Russia in Global Affairs” explains what would characterize a well-balanced relationship between NATO and Russia and shares his thoughts on the events of 1999 in Yugoslavia when both parties experienced a drastic turning point.
The foreign policy expert also clarifies why a new military alliance in the Far East would not be desirable for Russia – despite some threats that Russia and China have in common. Meanwhile in Europe “the current situation is caricature of the Cold War,” says Lukyanov.
We had the opportunity to talk to Fyodor Lukyanov at the 162nd Bergedorf Round Table in Moscow on July 10 to 12, 2016.