NATO begins encirclement of Russia

NATO begins encirclement of Russia: German troops to Lithuania

German Economic News  |  Published:13:06:16 17:21 Clock (Translation by Eric Zuesse)

NATO prepares a veritable military buildup in Eastern Europe: German soldiers are operating in Lithuania, the British take over Estonia, and US soldiers move in to protect Latvia. The Canadians will be in Poland. Also in the Mediterranean, combat units are being increased. Russia perceives the activity as a threat, but hasn’t yet announced any countermeasures.

At the NATO summit during July 8th-9th in Warsaw, the Alliance will adopt a massive military presence along Russia’s border. Russia is classified by NATO as a threat. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg recently said in Washington that the US and the EU have the right in the form of NATO to defend its territories on foreign soil. Critics of this strategy believe that it’s possible this upgrade will increase significantly the danger of a conflict between the superpowers. Wednesday in Brussels, the defense ministers want the military alliance to take decisions which will then be sealed by the leaders in Poland. NATO wants to strengthen its military presence on its eastern borders significantly, and to position foreign combat troops battalions in Poland and the three Baltic states. Germany is the core of the Association in Lithuania, the British in Estonia, and the United States is expected to be that in Latvia. What remains unclear, however, is who will be sending troops to Poland.

Maybe Canada will take on this task, it was last reported from Polish diplomatic sources as quoted by Reuters. “’The summit in Warsaw will be President Obama’s last (NATO summit) and the U.S. wants it to be a success. It will ensure that the fourth framework country is found, possibly by leaning on Canada,’ the source said. ‘Washington will bend over backwards here.’”

Germany wants to send at least 600 soldiers to Lithuania, which will constitute the core of the local battalion there with about 1,200 soldiers.

The battalions are to include around 1,000 soldiers each, and are not permanently stationed in the eastern countries, but replaced regularly. By means of this rotation, the military alliance wants to avoid a formal breach of the NATO-Russia Founding Act 1997, which prohibits the permanent stationing of a “substantial” number of combat troops in the east. What specifically “substantial” means, however, is controversial. [In other words: Obama wants to be more aggressive than the NATO-Russia Founding Act of 1997 might allow; he wants to violate the treaty in such a way that he’ll be able to say he’s not really breaking the treaty.]

Poland and the Baltic countries want to push NATO to be even more aggressive. They demand among other things, increased aerial surveillance by fighter jets of the alliance partners on the Baltic. Poland had in the past also repeatedly demanded the permanent stationing of NATO combat troops [which would clearly violate the NATO-Russia Founding Act]. The Baltic States and Poland have been feeling threatened since Russia’s March 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

NATO defense ministers will also discuss a new mission in the Mediterranean. What exactly is planned there, is difficult to judge. Officially the rise of extremist ISIS militias and the refugee crisis are given as reasons for that expansion of NATO. ISIS is financed and otherwise supported by Saudi Arabia, the closest ally of the West in the Middle East. A good reason why NATO, the most powerful fighting force in all of the world’s military, have not coped with that group of more or less random ragtag mercenaries, is not known. Russia is fighting on the side of Syria against ISIS and against previously officially the US-backed al-Nusra Front [Al Qaeda in Syria — the Syrian affiliate of the group that did 9/11].

The NATO alliance is looking for a new combat mission in the Mediterranean, as the 11 September 2001 NATO response “Active Endeavor” patrolling the Mediterranean to stop terrorists there, has actually become obsolete. The ministers therefore want to consider whether the mission should be transformed into a more general one to strengthen security in the Mediterranean. Also being considered is to transform that mission to a closer cooperation with the European Union, which maintains its own naval deployment off the Libyan coast against human traffickers and the rescue of refugees in distress under the name “Sophia”. At dinner on Tuesday therefore also the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and government representatives from the non-NATO countries Finland and Sweden will also be in NATO headquarters.

The agenda on Wednesday also includes the future of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. According to current plans, the US wants to reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan from its current 9800 to 5500. Whether Obama will hold to that objective despite the poor security situation in Afghanistan isn’t yet clear.

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  • Southernfink

    Russia is classified by NATO as a threat

    More like creating economic opportunity for the masters of Neo-Cons.

    Why is globalization/empire building not accurately reported as a threat to world peace‽ ….coz the masters of the Neo-Cons own and control all the news that comes out on the MSM.

    • Brockland A.T.

      Agreed. Those numbers are too small to really threaten Russia – for now.

      On the other hand, all those soldiers in poor Eastern European countries would boost local economies, and the usual suspects in the MIC will be paid off.

      • Southernfink

        I’d say that is a false economy.

        Building and funding infrastructure projects for civilians use has more advantages than planning to destroy these plus regime changes to boot.

        What ”they’re” really after is control over Russia’s sovereignty.

        • Brockland A.T.

          True, but the modus operandi of Anglo-Zionism generally is to strike from within, not without. Overt troops are more psychological; the real weapons are sanctions, surveillance and NGOs.

          Troops in new NATO countries reinforces their hold on occupied – er, allied – nations. In the U.S., state politicians resist base closures because of the economic positives.

          Attacking Russia with blunt external military force alone makes no sense; the Eastern European standing armies plus core NATO forces combined, could not yet secure Russia even to secure a ‘soft coup’. Nor could they perpetuate chaos below the nuclear threshold.

          Soft coup and civil unrest, provoking self-destruction, are the few scenarios that might, maybe, topple Russia without at least immediately turning the world into radioactive ash.

          • Southernfink

            All that’s missing is the manipulation of information in order to control public opinion, or propaganda.

          • Brockland A.T.

            Many of the NGOs that might have done that have been banned.


            The Russian Orthodox Church is a national Church; not much room for Western evangelical protestant missionaries or even Catholics.

            Rusians also lived under Soviet propaganda for seventy years. The Russian people are far more sophisticated than most care to believe.

            Add the rather obvious vicious caprice of Western powers today, and information war is obviously a lost cause. All patriots have to do is sell the truth while not screwing up the economy too bad.

            Plus, the Russians have proportionally representative democratic governance. Any demographic worth listening to cannot be shut out of power. The comprador class can’t break the majority against them with split votes.

  • berger friedrich-wolfgang

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  • truthtime

    All that’s needed now is a pretext. A False Flag incident should do and I bet they’ll take inspiration from Hitler.

    Dress up NATO soldiers in Russian uniform and order them to attack a Polish radio station. Those of you well versed on History should recognize that one.

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      Well , then “Farewell , AMERICANS” !!!

      • Brockland A.T.

        Just the Americans?

        Add to that the remaining ‘five eyes’ including Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the leading ‘Anglo’ components of Anglo-Zionism.

        Then any other NATO country Russia decides is too risky to spare. Which would be most of them.

        • berger friedrich-wolfgang

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          • Brockland A.T.

            Working from the context of a false-flag staged war with Russia, and not some more benign American comeuppance, it should be pointed out that Russian total war precision weapons aren’t so precise as to distinguish what kind of percenter you are.

            That swinging pendulum does the slaves little good if it smushes them along with their masters.

            Those hoping for hot war between Russia and the U.S. are either suicidal or delusional about their chances of survival, particularly in the long term. There’s little reason to even stage a false flag; popular opinion won’t matter if most of the populace is dead.

          • berger friedrich-wolfgang

            Perceiving the “Fading SABER-Rattling” ; the “Russian REVIVAL of Orthodox CHRISTIANITY” + the “Chinese REJUVENATION of ‘Middle – EARTH” , Prove a “Bankster-Instigated WAR of CONQUEST” Illusory ! Somehow , “My KARMA” , Endlessly “Nailed Me” , to be a “SERVANT of ‘My’ FOLKS” !

    • 905

      We have many who would like to be Heydrich. Ironically, some of them are Zionists.

      • berger friedrich-wolfgang

        Is there any Freaking “American” , Who is Able , to Recognize , that Public “PARROTING” has Nothing in Common with the ART of Incorporating a Deliberate PERSON , but All , with Psychopathically Mimic “OBEDIENCE” to their “SUPERIORS” !!! 300 Mn Slavishly Subjects , Addicted to the Orders of their Khazarian “MASTERS” !!!

  • Aug 19, 2015 VICE News Meets NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (Excerpt from ‘The Russians Are Coming’)

    In the wake of events in Ukraine, NATO has turned its attention towards countries that border the Russian Federation — attempting to boost its quick-response capabilities in Europe. In September, the alliance agreed to create a 5,000-strong rapid reaction Spearhead Force, which will be capable of deploying across the continent within 48-hours of a military incursion. VICE News joined several thousand NATO troops in western Poland, for the first deployment test of the “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.”

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      As the BOSS of “Sexual PERVERSLING” , “TALMUDISTS RAPE STOM-TROOPERS” , Jens Surely is Neither a WIXXER or SCHWUCHTL” ! But Without any DOUBT ; in “COMPARISON” to the “Original Prussian SS” , they are “PITIFUL CANONFODDER” , or More Precise “FUEL” !!!

      • This is precisely why I subscribe to youtube channels like Vice and others so I can learn if they do good work or not. I have amassed 30 or so right now with at minimum and with unlimited reading sources like here at Washington’s blog.

        • berger friedrich-wolfgang

          Recommend a “Unprepared JUMP” into “Medias RES” , by Googeling “Fort Russ. com” , looking for “Akira’s Comment to “Checkmate: Russian hypersonic weapons rule out US-NATO naval assault !!!

  • Jun 8, 2016 Nuland: US Spends $100Mln to fund Russian “Independent Media” to Counter Russian State Propaganda

    The United States has spent $100 million in efforts to counter what it calls Russian propaganda, US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

    • Mr Boompi

      Victoria Nuland is an example of duplicitous, murderous policy wrapped up in a sweet-sounding feminine voice.You don’t need $100 million, or $400 million, or $1 billion, to fight Russian propaganda. You just need enough integrity to report the truth. But the US is not about truth or integrity, so it must be expert at spreading lies and falsehoods. It must spend more money than Russia, It must be better than Russia at spreading propaganda. This is what we face from our own government.

      • You nailed it Mr. Boompi!

    • Southernfink

      Little wonder how the Hon V effing Nuland would respond to the unverifiable claims made US state department ”Bimbo’s”

  • ocelot152

    Nato sucks and the west sucks too.