Military drills and power plays have reversed relations between NATO and Russia back to the Cold War. The West is ramping up its military presence in the East, along with keeping anti-Russian sanctions in place. Are relations between Russia and the West already beyond repair? How far both sides are willing to go in this standoff? We ask prominent German politician and national security advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl – Dr. Horst Teltschik is on Sophie&Co today.
SS: Yeah, but some would argue that the trust is broken now. Last Soviet leader, for instance, is very much loved in your country, who’s connected with bringing the Cold War to an end, bringing down the Berlin Wall - I’m talking about Mikhail Gorbachev, of course - even he has said that NATO’s expansion in Eastern Europe has destroyed the continent’s security order. Is it in NATO plans to abandon such policies?