Helsinki meet pregnant with hopes

The “encirclement” of Russia and stationing of its troops along with Colour Revolutions posed a major challenge to Russia’s hegemony. NATO’s strategic behaviour towards Russia was aptly summarised by Putin way back in 2015 in his address to the Valdai Club Meeting where he stated, “NATO is a military alliance. We are worried not about democracy on our borders, but about military infrastructure coming ever closer to our borders.” ( One may recall here that to tame the Russian challenge, a “Special Operations Command Europe” (SOCEUR) under the aegis of NATO also came up.