Thursday, September 29, 2022

NATO Allies Put Forces On Standby As Ukraine Tensions Mount

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CNN:– NATO allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe, the organization said Monday.

The development comes after weeks of rising tensions, as a build-up of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine prompts fears that Moscow may be planning to launch an invasion.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement Monday, welcoming the allies’ extra contributions to the military alliance.

“We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence,” he added.

The Kremlin denies it is planning to attack Ukraine, and argues that NATO support for the country constitutes a growing threat on Russia’s western flank.

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Latvia’s Foreign Affairs minister Edgars Rinkēvič has called on NATO to address the “continuous” Russian and Belarusian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, with “appropriate” countermeasures.

Rinkēvičs tweeted Monday: “We are reaching the point where continuous Russian and Belarusian military buildup in Europe needs to be addressed by appropriate NATO countermeasures.”

“It is time to increase allied forces presence in the Alliance’s Eastern flank both as measures of defense and deterrence,” the minister added.

US President Joe Biden discussed options for bolstering US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military officials during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday, according to a senior official.

On Sunday, the US State Department announced that it would reduce staff levels at the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, out of an “abundance of caution,” beginning with the departure of nonessential staff and family members.

Speaking to reporters on his way into the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday, the bloc’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said no decision had been made on ordering European Union diplomatic staff and their families to leave Ukraine.

“We are not going to do the same thing, because we don’t know any specific reasons,” said Borrell.

The UK Foreign Office also announced Monday that some British Embassy staff and dependents are being withdrawn from Kyiv in response to growing threats from Russia.

Representatives from the four countries involved in the “Normandy Format” talks — France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine — will meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, an Élysée spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

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  1. Seen in comments….
    “This whole enterprise pushed by the UK and the USA is doomed to failure. They are pushing for a regional war while blaming Russia for pushing for a regional war that they will not start short of NATO crossing the line they have established. Do the regional nations really think the USA/UK is going to back them after watching what happened in Afghanistan?

    Even just this talk of war can have deleterious impacts on economic investment in the region that all regional will feel. Who pumps money into infrastructure that is about to be wrecked?
    The US/UK alliance must look like jackasses to the governments in to region. Their NATO partners in the region have been very quiet.

    Why create all of this strategic tension where little exists? Failed policies back home, loss of markets through Nordstream, and increased economic integration between Europe and the Russia which leads to peace and economic prosperity minus the US/UK

    Those are but a few reasons but in reality the main reason is the US/UK is run by a death cult which thrives on spilling blood and misery no matter who is running the show on their end.”

  2. The lies from the outlaw US empire and its lapdogs, Canada, UK, and Australia (in no particular ranking order), continue unabated, in an attempt to keep the vassals of Europe in constant fear of the boogeyman, Putin.

    If our hosts here had any journalistic integrity or acumen, they could easily find the truth to use as click-bait, instead of re-issuing the lies and disinformation cribbed wholesale from propaganda rags based in the US.

    Here is an article from a real, independent journalist with the accurate details of the fake Ukrainian crisis:

  3. Seen in the Twitter-verse:
    “When Russia intervened in Georgia, Americans living in GA were frantically posting online wondering why they couldn’t see any Russians anywhere.

    Americans also called for the bømbing of the Czech Republic when they found out the Boston bømbers were Chechen.”

    My comment:
    After vivid memories of the Grenada invasion were evoked during its last session on the psychiatrist’s couch, the US now feels confident that it can sacrifice its young in Russia’s backyard!

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