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Corona defeats massive DEFENDER-Europe 20 war games (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 506.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Pentagon’s decision to scale back (effectively cancel) NATO’s massive military drill named ‘Defender Europe 2020’ due to the coronavirus threat.

The US Department of Defense has announced that it will halt further troop deployment to Europe for the Defender 20 exercises, and recall thousands of already deployed troops from Europe, returning them back to the United States to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis.


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Via RT…

The Pentagon has announced it will drastically reduce the “size and scope” of its participation in the NATO ‘Defender Europe 2020’ exercise, stopping just short of calling quits on the much-touted drill set to run until May.

Some 20,000 American soldiers, who were expected to form the backbone of the massive 37,000-strong drill involving forces from 18 NATO member states, will now either stay home or – for those already moved into Europe – return to the US.

“As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe has ceased,” US Army Europe confirmed in a press release on Monday. “As we make the appropriate adjustments, the linked exercises to Exercise Defender-Europe 20 – Dynamic Front, Joint Warfighting Assessment, Saber Strike and Swift Response – will not be conducted.”

Forces already deployed to Europe for other linked exercises will return to the United States.

The US European Command carefully avoided spelling out the number of troops that would take part in the scaled-down exercise, saying that “many details [are] still being worked and discussed with our Allies and partners.” However, it expressed hope that at least “the armored brigade combat team already deployed to Europe will conduct gunnery and other combined training events with Allies as part of a modified Allied Spirit exercise.”

Instead, the Pentagon emphasized its unprecedented commitment to “alliances and partnerships” and boasted of 6,000 soldiers and 3,000 pieces of equipment it had already moved to Europe – while admitting that “changes are anticipated to the deployment timelines” now, due to the abrupt need to send everything back.

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According to earlier reports, the Patriot carrier vessel – a cargo ship supposedly delivering US military equipment to Europe for the drills – has already changed its route and is returning to the States. Satellite data on its position last released on March 13 showed it was sailing east of the Azores Archipelago and was still on its way to Belgium. Two other ships involved in transporting US military equipment as part of the drill have been docked in the Dutch port of Vlissingen for quite some time – yet, they have not been unloaded.

Meanwhile, other nations also followed suit, as Germany said it would reduce its participation by 250 soldiers and opt out of certain drills in April.

Initially, Defender Europe was expected to be the largest NATO exercise in 25 years, with the bulk of the drills scheduled for April and May. The training should have taken place in six European states – Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

The goal was to practice a US troop deployment to Europe, as well as fending off a potential large-scale aggression. The US military and top officials in NATO said that the maneuvers are not directed against any particular country. Still, the drills were criticized by Moscow, which called them provocative.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier said that Russia does not foresee any problems in the Baltics that would require a military solution, adding that the exercise only showed that NATO’s unwillingness to ease tensions with Moscow.

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cudwieser
cudwieser
March 22, 2020

World War 1(01). Learn it and take heed.

The Empire Strikes Again
The Empire Strikes Again
March 22, 2020

Pompeo nixes Europe and plots to strike the Iranian navy while it’s busy with a pandemic.

“It’s two birds with one stone” He says. “Obliterate their navy and prompt their rocket attack on Saudi oil infrastructure, ending the oil glut and saving our frackers. Maybe we can even blame it on a desperate Putin to save his oil revenue and make it three birds with one stone.”

Straight from the Machiavellian Manichean Machinational horse’s mouth.

Tsigantes
Tsigantes
Reply to  The Empire Strikes Again
March 22, 2020

Where did you get that quote? Please could you provide the link ….in this gigantic dearth of news….

Jim reed
Reply to  The Empire Strikes Again
March 23, 2020

Although I disagree with Pompeo on Russia, I’m sure he didn’t say that.

Theopilus
Theopilus
March 22, 2020

The Baltic states have already lost almost all export through trade from Russia because of their hostile attitude. This despite Russia’s shortage of port capacity. If Finland can get along with Russia why can’t hte Baltics and Poland?

Suckers are born every minute
Suckers are born every minute
Reply to  Theopilus
March 22, 2020

Because USNATO primes their greedy little pumps, that’s why.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Theopilus
March 24, 2020

Russia has no shortage of port capacity on the Baltic Sea. It has a sea port in Saint Petersburg and a sea port in Kaliningrad. Both ports have military fleets.

Brokenspine66
Reply to  Theopilus
March 24, 2020

I don’t get the Baltic States paranoid vile hostile russphobe racist horseshit attitude towards Russians + Russia, there’s no threat and never was any threat from Russia what so ever. The Baltic States have no resources to speak of, no strategic value and no value at all to be of any interest for Russia besides to be a general annoyance and pain in the ass.

John Ellis
John Ellis
March 23, 2020

As Carona-virus is a parasite that can live only in humans and other animals, as satanic USA would surely use it as a weapon of mass destruction if it knew how, meat and dairy products should be removed from the stores until after the plague has been overcome.
For breakfast eat crushed bananas over oatmeal.
For dinner eat lentil bean stew with natural brown rice, vegetables and tomato sauce. Two meals a day, no snacks and drink only water.

Olivia Kroth
March 23, 2020

With the coronavirus shutdown, people are going through so much anxiety and pain, no one needs the “defenders” at all. What we need is calm and peace.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 23, 2020

The road to hell is paved with “calm and peace.”
On the other hand, as Keating expressed it,
“Problems are the penalties of progress,
don’t bring good news, it only diminishes me.”

John Ellis
John Ellis
March 23, 2020

Healthcare costs for the uneducated lower-half of society, namely the 50% working-poor, as the full cost must be paid by taxing the educated upper-half, always will the poor receive little to no healthcare and always will a pandemic like this one result in a slaughter approaching a genocide of the poor.
Anyway, the good news is, robots need no healthcare.

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