EDIT: I dont hate or fear Russia. Whats a couple of nukes guna do when they have an out of date army and a crappy economy to back that up with?
My bad, i was referring to the USSR. But i still think there is competition between the two; who can gobble up the eastern countries under there influence faster than each other (NATO and Russia). Bear in mind the US is a major player in NATO and Russia views it as such.Can you provide any references or links except for BBC? You fear and hatred towards Russia is not a proof of Russian fear and hatred towards the US.
Russia joining NATO, to them, is like giving into the west/the US and aligning themselves completely with those such powers. The whole reason many of there beliefs is counter to ours (the expansion of there influence in Eastern Europe, the missile defence shield) is because they do not wish to align themselves completely with us and therefore "give in" to the west. I did not say dont expect this of them.That also used to be the main feature of Americans, - not to bow to anybody. Even if now we see the mass bowing to Obama, such a spirit has not been destroyed completely in the US. Being proud of it I see no reason not to respect the same in Russians.