Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tag: Poland

Ukraine and Syria: Linked Together by Russia

The United States and Russia are now at daggers drawn over Syria. Following the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated last month by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States has abandoned talks with the Russians on Syria. Meanwhile, in a supposedly unrelated part...

Poland seeks US approval to buy Patriot missiles in $5bn deal

Polish government in final stages of negotiation with arms manufacturer Raytheon to buy eight of its missile defence systems. Poland has announced it will seek formal US approval to buy eight Patriot missile defence systems from weapons maker Raytheon, marking a key move toward closing the estimated $5bn deal. The deal...

New Expectations for Turkish Stream and More

Plans to build the Turkish Stream gas pipeline have reappeared on the political agenda of Moscow and Ankara. After the July 26-27 talks between Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and his Turkish counterpart, Mehmet Şimşek, both parties confirmed their willingness to resume a dialog on issues of mutual...

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...

Democratic Pundits Downplay Serious Ethical Issues Raised by the Clinton Foundation

The Associated Press story this week revealing that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton frequently met with donors to the Clinton Foundation, set off a firestorm in the media. Many Democrats and sympathetic pundits are criticizing the article — and have made the sweeping claim that, contrary to many deeply reported investigations,...

U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business

The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries. Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions...

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...

US energy envoy: North Stream 2 could resurrect cold war divisions

The controversial North Stream 2 gas pipeline project has the potential to resurrect cold war divisions in Europe, US Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein said, before calling for greater competition with Russia’s Gazprom through increased LNG imports. Amos Hochstein is US Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs. He spoke to EurActiv...

The Immigration Crisis Is Tearing Europe Apart

Fear of terrorism, Muslims, and refugees is driving the parties of the right and left further apart than ever before. The recent lone-wolf terrorist attacks on the beachfront in Nice and on a train in Bavaria are likely to fuel existing anti-refugee, anti-Muslim fears in a Europe made uneasy by...

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,...

Europe’s Freedom of Speech Fail

Even historic defenders of speech like Denmark and the United Kingdom are starting to choose "social harmony" over free expression. Over the past decade, there has been a global decline in respect for freedom of expression. And Europe's democracies — traditionally understood to be places in which these rights are...

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...

The Roots of Brexit

In their quest for the Conservative leadership, two rival Eton schoolboys have managed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union—the first by calling for a referendum in 2013 in order to consolidate his hold over the leadership, and the second by joining the leadership of the...

The Collapse of the Liberal World Order

The world is entering a period where once-robust democracies have grown fragile. Now is the time to figure out where we went wrong. Once upon a time — that is, back in the 1990s — a lot of smart and serious people believed liberal political orders were the wave of...

European Union’s Imperial Overreach

While few analysts are putting it this way, the European Union suffers from a self-inflicted crisis of overexpansion — a form of “imperial overstretch,” if you will. The Brexit vote was just the latest symptom of this policy disaster, which also includes escalating confrontations with Russia and the ongoing...

NATO Members’ Defense Spending, in Two Charts

The alliance’s easternmost members are ratcheting up their budgets as Russian threats loom. Five NATO members are expected to meet the alliance’s 2 percent target for defense spending in 2015, according to data released on Monday. Poland joins Britain, Estonia, Greece, and the United States as the only members of the...

For Russia, Natural Gas Is Losing Its Potency as a Political Weapon

There was a time when Russia could manipulate other countries with its natural gas supplies. It still can, but the threat is less effective than it once was. Ukraine's national natural gas company, Naftogaz, confirmed Wednesday that it will consider negotiating direct natural gas purchases with Russian natural gas giant...

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...

Russia: We will respond to entry of U.S. naval vessel into Black Sea

The Russian Foreign ministry said Moscow would respond to a U.S. naval ship's entry into the Black Sea with unspecified measures, saying it and other deployments were designed to ratchet up tensions ahead of a NATO summit, the RIA news agency reported. Russian state media reported that the USS Porter,...

Now Poland’s Government Is Coming After the Internet

Warsaw is tightening control over the Web in the name of national security — and setting an ominous precedent for other democracies. “Yesterday, you were defending thieves; today, you’re defending terrorists.” With these words, uttered early this morning, the leader of Poland’s ruling conservative party silenced the parliamentary opposition. Not...

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...

The Silk Road railway will not work without Poland

The Ukrainian state-owned railways have recently presented a project of a possible branch of the New Silk Road railway. It would connect Ukraine and Europe with Iran, thereby facilitating commercial contacts with various states of the Persian Gulf and even India. Now they need Poland. For the time being, the launch...

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...

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...

U.S. Weighs More Troops, Hi-Tech Weapons in Europe to Counter Russia

STUTTGART, Germany — Seeking to stare down any future Russian aggression, the United States is looking to deploy more troops and sophisticated weapons to Europe, the U.S. military’s top officer told Foreign Policy. Already, the Pentagon has been gearing up to send a third U.S. Army brigade to Eastern Europe,...

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