Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2014

Does Russia Matter? Purely Political Relations Are Not Enough in Operational Times

Heidi Reisinger

February 2014

NATO Defense College


Relations between Eruro-Atlantic capitals and Mosvow seem to have reached an all-time low. As a result, NATO-Russia relationsh are also continuing to lose momentum. After 20 years of NATO-Russia cooperation, Russia military forces have become a relevant operational partner for neither NATO nor its individual member states, and appear to be in a woeful condition.