Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tag: Baltics

Everyone in Europe Needs to Take a Deep, Calming Breath

We don't yet know how the president-elect will behave in office. Meanwhile, the present state of hysteria could make things worse. “The sky is falling!” exclaimed Chicken Little, in the well-known folk tale, after an acorn fell on the poor fowl’s head, leading to mass hysteria over an imminent apocalypse...

NATO secretary general projects confidence after call with Trump

The pattern of learning transition news from foreign leaders continues. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with President-elect Donald Trump on the phone Friday to congratulate him on his election victory and discuss the organization’s “enduring importance,” NATO shared in a readout of the call. Trump and...

America’s Russia Policy Has Failed

By any number of measures, Washington’s Russia policy has failed. While ostensibly suffering from diplomatic and economic isolation under a U.S.-led international sanctions regime, Moscow has succeeded in challenging a wide range of American interests, most notably in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace. Coming up with a new approach on Russia should therefore be a top priority for either President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump soon after Jan. 20, 2017.

Russia suspends plutonium deal with U.S.

Citing “unfriendly actions” by the United States, the Kremlin announced Monday that Russia would suspend a landmark agreement to dispose of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, yet another sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. In a decree released by the Kremlin, President Vladi­mir Putin said Moscow would consider a resumption...

More Squandered Opportunities to Deal With the New Cold War

The enemies of détente with Russia sabotaged Obama's proposed alliance with Russia in Syria while the American presidential debate ignored all the perilous issues inherent in the Cold War. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. In this...

Obama Unlikely to Vow No First Use of Nuclear Weapons

President Obama, who has weighed ruling out a first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict, appears likely to abandon the proposal after top national security advisers argued that it could undermine allies and embolden Russia and China, according to several senior administration officials. Mr. Obama considers a reduction...

Sleepwalking into a big war

The major powers are planning for war and claim that’s the best way to defend against war. Will this mutual hawkishness lead to armed conflict? As the US presidential race approaches its climax and European officials ponder the implications of the UK’s Brexit vote, public discussion of security affairs is...

Poland Takes Aim at Putin’s Pipe Dreams

Warsaw may have finally thrown a wrench into the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Moscow's controversial plan to double down on its dominance of Europe’s energy supplies. This summer hasn’t seen a lot of setbacks for Russia, not even for its Olympic hopefuls. Crimea has been annexed and fully absorbed, with...

Russia offers plan to improve air safety over Baltics

BRUSSELS — Russian diplomats on Wednesday offered a new plan to improve safety in the air over the Baltics in a rare meeting with NATO ambassadors, a small but significant step to ease tensions amid a troop buildup on both sides of the bristling NATO-­Russia border. The proposal would commit...

Britain to send hundreds of troops to Russian border amid Nato concerns

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says UK has a duty to 'reassure' Baltic states of Nato support. The UK will deploy hundreds of troops in response to growing concerns over Russia's presence on its border with the Baltic states, David Cameron is set to announce. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says 650 troops...

The United States and NATO Are Preparing for a Major War With Russia

Massive military exercises and a troop buildup on NATO's eastern flank reflect a dangerous new strategy. For the first time in a quarter-century, the prospect of war—real war, war between the major powers—will be on the agenda of Western leaders when they meet at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland,...

More Boats on the Black Sea

Forecast As it rises in importance, the Black Sea will witness a buildup of naval power. NATO will attempt to enhance its influence and reach in the Black Sea. Russia will seek to exploit divisions in NATO to undermine the alliance's unity of mission in the critical region. Analysis Since Russia's 2014 annexation of...

Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Baltic Sea ports face historic lull

The ports of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are facing a lull in activity, with cargoes from the east into Europe and from the West into Russia finding new routes to circumvent Baltic ports. This according to Russian news journal PolitRussia, which suggests it could also have catastrophic consequences for the...

NATO proceeds with plan to boost spending, deploy units in Baltics, Poland

STUTTGART, Germany — NATO states will increase defense spending for a second year in a row, reversing a post-Cold War trend of cutbacks but still well short of the alliance’s own targets for military investment, NATO’s top official said Monday. “After many years of going in the wrong direction, we...

War With Russia Without Public Debate?

"...The general said Russia was needed in the international community; however, this was impossible at the moment due to the country's "sole respect for power." "He emphasised that about 7,000 Russian troops were stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two territories viewed by the international community as Georgian regions occupied...

NATO allies launch large-scale military exercise in Poland before key summit

A large-scale military training exercise involving more than 20 NATO and partner countries kicked off in Poland on Monday, part of efforts to reassure east European nations rattled by Russia's actions in nearby Ukraine. For more than 10 days, 30,000 troops backed by large numbers of vehicles, aircraft and ships...

US general in Vilnius: Central, Eastern Europe needs actual, not symbolic, deterrence

Central and Eastern Europe need real, not symbolic capacities to deter Russia, United States Army Europe Commander Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has said in Vilnius. "I won't speculate on what the decisions might be about enhanced foreign presence but what I will say is — the advice I've given and...

A Russian warning

We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as...

Russia’s got a point: The U.S. broke a NATO promise

Moscow solidified its hold on Crimea in April, outlawing the Tatar legislature that had opposed Russia’s annexation of the region since 2014. Together with Russian military provocations against NATO forces in and around the Baltic, this move seems to validate the observations of Western analysts who argue that under...

Pushing Russia Toward War

NATO's military pressure on Russia and the West’s economic sanctions have empowered Moscow’s hardliners, setting the stage for an escalation of the new Cold War into possibly a hot one, ex-British intelligence officer Alastair Crooke warns. Something significant happened in the last few days of April, but it seems the only...

NATO risks nuclear war with Russia within a year, warns senior general

The West has been advised to act now to avert 'potential catastrophe'. Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states, one of the alliance's most senior retired generals has said. General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as...

U.S. activates Romanian missile defense site, angering Russia

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal. To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu...

U.S. to switch on European missile shield despite Russian alarm

The United States' European missile defense shield goes live on Thursday almost a decade after Washington proposed protecting NATO from Iranian rockets and despite Russian warnings that the West is threatening the peace in central Europe. Amid high Russia-West tension, U.S. and NATO officials will declare operational the shield at...

Is War With Russia Possible?

The US is undermining opportunities for cooperation in Syria and Ukraine, while escalating NATO’s military presence near Russia. Cohen laments that during the past two weeks the Obama administration appears to have been undermining cooperation with Moscow on three Cold War fronts. Refusing to accept President Putin’s compelling argument that the...

Russia Under Threat From U.S. Natural Gas

The world focused its attention recently on Cheniere and the United States’ first liquid natural gas export. But the more telling story actually lies behind the scenes and stems from the state-controlled Russian corporation Gazprom. Over the course of the past six months, the company has begun to experiment with...

Changing Tides: Russia’s Growing Stronghold in the Black Sea

Just two years ago, when Russia annexed Crimea, NATO saw its tenuous, 25-year-long attempt to forge a partnership with the Eastern power dissolve overnight. Since then, to respond to Europe’s dangerous new security climate, NATO has looked to the Baltic states, where Russia has upped the game through air...

NATO plans biggest build-up against Russia since the Cold War

BRUSSELS – Backed by an increase in U.S. military spending, NATO is planning its biggest build-up in Eastern Europe since the Cold War to deter Russia, but it will reject Polish demands for permanent bases. Worried since Russia’s seizure of Crimea that Moscow could rapidly invade Poland or the Baltic...

If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose – Quickly

War games show NATO's eastern flank is vulnerable. To deter Moscow, the United States will need to deploy heavy armor on a large scale, a new study says. If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days....

More U.S. troops deploying to Europe in 2017

The Pentagon plans to send several thousand additional troops to Europe next year to boost the region’s defense against Russia, a new recognition that the former Cold War foe is once again a major global rival, defense officials said. The troops, most of them soldiers coming from the continental United...

Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade

The EU's move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate-conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote writes in Surging Liquefied Natural Gas...

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