The competition of Eastern European countries for the right to host US troops will not strengthen their security. This was stated on Saturday by TASS, the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko in comments to the 45-anniversary of the signing of the Final act of the conference on security and cooperation in Europe.

"what we are witnessing today – the attempts at gaining military superiority and the desire to strengthen its security at the expense of gaining military superiority – these trends are extremely dangerous and would be destabilizing and certainly won’t enhance security for anyone, including those States that today declare themselves "frontline" and 45 years after the signing of the Helsinki final act entered into competition for the right to host on its territory the American troops, he said. Is the main marker of the crisis situation which has developed in the sphere of European security".

Grushko noted that attempts to achieve military superiority in Europe might lead to the same situation as during the cold war.

"the Question, I think, is that sooner or later must come to the understanding that this policy, which is not based on respect for the legitimate interests of all States in the OSCE region, counterproductive. Any steps that are contrary to this logic, undermine European security and undermine the security of those countries that are trying to achieve military superiority. They will not achieve, but can achieve a situation similar to the cold war, with all costs for their own safety," he said.


Anniversary of the Helsinki final act

August 1, 2020 marks 45 years since the adoption of the Final act of the conference on security and cooperation in Europe (CSCE) in Helsinki in 1975. This event was an important stage in the formation of security system in the Euro-Atlantic area, when two opposing systems during the cold war.

The final act was signed by 33 European countries, USA and Canada after three years of intensive consultations (from USSR the document was signed by the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Leonid Brezhnev). The document laid out new principles of international cooperation. Among them, the recognition by all participants of the inviolability of the frontiers established after the Second world war, the non-use of force or threat of force, peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, cooperation among States. The Helsinki process was also based on the principle of consensus for the adoption of all decisions.