Russia once did not want to become a member of NATO
Russia was offered to join the North Atlantic Alliance back in the 1990s, but Moscow did not want to.
The United States in the 1990s offered Russia to join NATO, but she refused. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said: informant State Department press office.
“You know what? In the 1990s, they really talked about it. The Russians decided that this is not what they want to do,” Blinken said.
He recalled that the essence of a defensive alliance is not an attack on Russia or any other country.
“NATO is a defensive alliance, countries come together to make sure that if one of them is attacked, everyone else will come and defend it. That’s what it is. It has no aggressive intentions against Russia. It has never attacked Russia; he will not attack Russia. He is not going to attack Russia,” Blinken stressed.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly stated that in the 1990s and 2000s the question of Russia’s entry into NATO was raised.
At the moment, Finland and Sweden have decided to join NATO, but Turkey is blocking their aspirations so far.