US Army National Guard soldiers rest during a training exercise at the Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, November 8, 2021. Photo/Jacob Bradford/US Army
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian lamented the fact that the US-led military bloc was actually expanding and cornering Russia, finally triggering the current bloodbath in Ukraine.
“As a product of the Cold War, NATO should be history when the Soviet Union disbanded,” he said during a daily press conference on Friday, when asked about NATO’s role as a US geopolitical tool by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Zhao said NATO was expanding eastward in Europe for decades, breaking promises made to the Soviet leadership.
“This pushed Russia into a corner step by step, so that in the end, NATO was the initiator and biggest promoter of the Ukraine crisis on behalf of the US,” he said.
He added that NATO should reflect on what it really contributes to European security.