The European Union has angered Russia by organizing meetings with former states in the Soviet Union in order to deal with energy issues. A summit meeting on energy will include Belarus, Ukraine, moldova, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbijan. Russia regards these states as falling within their sphere of influence and is concerned the European Union is attempting to forge not merely economic but military relations with nations that surround the territory of Russia. President Medvedev was also concerned at the presence of about one thousand EU and American troops in Georgia where they are conducting military training operations with the Georgia army.
Isn’t is about time that Russia was invited to become a member of NATO in order to end their fears of attack from outside nations? Placing Russian military commanders in key NATO positions would reduce tension and end the Cold War which, most probably, ceased twenty years ago.