Britain is moving ever closer to Russia’s borders, and purposefully provoking Russia in an aggressive manner not seen since German forces began amassing on Russia’s doorstep in WW2.
Britain announced that it will be sending 800 troops, drones and tanks to Estonia as part of the biggest military build up of NATO troops on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.
NATO is on the offensive, pressing all member nations to contribute to the military presence along Russia’s shared border with Estonia and the Baltic States.
This latest build up in Estonia follows NATO July promise to send forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland.
The Kremlin’s position on NATO’s advancement has remained firm and consistent, as Russia views the aggressive build up as an existential threat to the Russian Federation’s security and sovereignty.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the military build up would be “a clear demonstration of our transatlantic bond.”
Stoltenberg denied going too far in his push forward towards Russia’s border…
“This is a credible deterrence, not to provoke a conflict but to prevent conflict.”
Meanwhile some very smart NATO diplomats believe that the massive military deployment will send a message to Donald Trump, who has complained that European allies do not pay their way in NATO.
Good, sound, pragmatic thinking…as always from the NATO warmongers.
The United States hopes for binding commitments from Europe to fill four battle groups of some 4,000 troops, part of NATO’s response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and concern it could try a similar tactic in Europe’s ex-Soviet states.
France, Denmark, Italy and other allies are expected to join the four battle groups led by the United States, Germany, Britain and Canada to go to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, with forces ranging from armoured infantry to drones.
The battle groups will be backed by NATO’s 40,000-strong rapid-reaction force, and if need be, further follow-on forces, for any potential conflict, which could move into Baltic states and Poland on rotation.
The strategy is part of an emerging new deterrent that could eventually be combined with missile defences, air patrols and defences against cyber attacks.
However, the alliance is still struggling for a similar strategy in the Black Sea region, which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said is becoming a “Russian lake” because of Moscow’s military presence there. Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey are expected to soon come forward with a plan to increase naval and air patrols in the area, as well as a multinational NATO brigade in Romania.
Once again, instead of combining forces with Russia to eradicate ISIS, NATO prefers ratcheting up the war games against nuclear armed and ready Russia…more military industrial complex dollars are sure to fall into the pockets of Stoltenberg and his band of warmongers.
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