... called for an “economic war” on Russia… one that may, once again, prove to be beneficial to no one and hurting for both parties. Although Mrs. May is reported to consider the option, we’re actually still far from the triggering of Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, that provides for a consultation within the North Atlantic Council should one of the member-States feel threatened (last invoked by Turkey in 2015). The British Government has also hinted they were ready to deploy malware in ...
- 15.03.2018 23:32:21
... businessmen to Russia (versus a delegation of a few dozen to France earlier this year, a comparison that reflects economic realities). Though some of Zeman’s comments on the resolution of the Ukraine conflict have been simplistic, he fully recognizes that NATO members must discourage Russian aggression. That is why he has made it a national priority to 1) reverse a decrease in defense spending for NATO that resulted from the 2005 economic crisis; and 2) restore the 2% GDP contribution for NATO required ...
- 26.12.2017 00:28:03
... Turkey to global markets. For the USA, it is not satisfied with the Turkish rapprochement with Moscow, and might use the Kurdish card to pressure on Ankara, further complicating its regional and internal affairs -Despite of being two close allies in NATO. On the other hand, both Moscow and Washington fear the current timing of independence poll, as the fight against ISIS is tensing and progressing. A crack between Baghdad and Erbil would badly alter the progress made in the fight against ISIS. Moscow ...
- 09.10.2017 15:04:03
... dockworkers becoming “little green men” – a reference to the unmarked Russian soldiers deployed in Crimea following the coup in Kiev in early 2014 – and seizing control of the island for Russian anti-access/area denial warfare against Nato. A similar debate was held in Karlshamn, in the Swedish province of Blekinge, not far from the main Swedish naval base in Karlskrona. The outcome here was different, however, as the municipal council agreed to lease its harbour for logistical support ...
- 27.02.2017 15:15:00
... votes; Russia’s propaganda machine went intensely against Remain and for Brexit in the UK’s big vote this year and its efforts were clearly crucial in swaying votes in what was an intensely close decision; Russia has also been active in non-NATO Sweden this year, particularly when it was voting on closer ties with NATO; Finland, which shares a huge border with Russia, has also seen a surge in Russian disinformation; early in November, it even became apparent that Russia may have even been ...
- 17.12.2016 22:44:00
New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this is the most important article I have ever written in my life; please share with as many people as possible as soon...
- 17.11.2016 16:11:00
... combat readiness of its forces in Eastern Europe, including the air force forward-deployed in East Germany, in preparation to meet an expected pre-emptive strike by the United States and its allies.
The cause of this anxiety was the 1983 Able Archer NATO military exercise, an unusually large affair that focused on concentrating major formations of allied units in Western Europe in order to fight a combined arms operation, inclusive of tactical nuclear weapons, against the Warsaw Pact.
The series ...
- 29.08.2016 18:05:00
... between Putin and Trump or between some of their people, though Putin acting without coordination with Trump's campaign—trying to undermine America and weaken America’s global standing and its position with its allies, most notably NATO allies—is also very much a possibility; so is some sort of combination of these.
Maybe this sounds ridiculous, and it should. But the facts of Trump and his associates’ ties to Putin and Russia are what are most disturbing of all.
- 16.08.2016 17:46:00
... still exist a window of opportunity for Russia before those states would be able to modify their policies and meet the requirements.
What are these requirements, or what will they be in the future? Commonly quoted are the goals reiterated at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales. At the summit, NATO leaders agreed that all member states should meet a “guideline” of spending a minimum of two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a goal originally conceived in 2006. Of ...
- 10.08.2016 10:30:00
Sudden, shocking, disturbing, and largely self-propelled trends in America and Europe are doing more damage to Western democracy today than Soviet armies or nuclear missiles ever did during the Cold War
By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981), originally published March 17th, 2016, on LinkedIn Pulse
Clockwise: Photo/Agencies, Cheryl Evans/The Republic, AP
AMMAN — Roughly a quarter-century ago, the world seemed poised for a triumph of democracy and human rights unprecedented...
- 17.04.2016 14:28:00
... is bigger than it was, say, three years ago,” Kortunov warns in an interview to Russia Direct. Without the solid policy toward Turkey, Washington seems to straddle between increasing cooperation with Russia over Syria and supporting Turkey as a NATO member in its hypothetical military confrontation with Moscow. This leads to another catch-22 problem: The less certain Washington is toward Turkey, the more unpredictable and explosive the situation becomes. The prospects of a confrontation between ...
- 20.02.2016 21:15:00
The huge gaps between General Breedlove's allegations and the facts provided by the German intelligence service (Bundesnachrichtendienst), lead one to wonder why he continues to ...
- 11.01.2016 05:16:00
... gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. .... It shows so little understanding of Russian history and Soviet history. Of course there is going to be a bad reaction from Russia, and then [the NATO expanders] will say that we always told you that is how the Russians are -- but this is just wrong. http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/02/opinion/foreign-affairs-now-a-word-from-x.html
Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and the last U.S. Ambassador ...
- 16.11.2015 05:47:00
On October 14, the White House dismissed a proposal by President Putin to send Prime Minister Medvedev to the United States to discuss military cooperation in Syria. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the proposal a sign of "desperation." Said Earnest: "We're not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to make a constructive contribution to our counter- effort," <http://www.rferl.org/content/white-...>
But where is the evidence of Russian...
- 22.10.2015 02:52:00
... indication that diplomatic solutions are not being effectively sought, at least not without throwing into the mix a good deal of forcing of the opponent's hand.
The details of this decision reveal the degree of determination of the USA and the NATO. During a joint conference in Tallin with the defense ministers of the Baltic States a few days ago, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared “We'll temporarily deploy vehicles of an armored brigade and its equipment in the countries ...
- 01.07.2015 21:05:00
... out military exercises in the Arctic, in particular in the framework of Canadian Forces Operation Nanook involving personnel from all branches of the Canadian forces (air, land and sea). Nevertheless, even though Canada is a long-time US ally and a NATO member, Canadian officials are not in favor of NATO’s further involvement in the Arctic[xix], which is perceived not only as diminishing Canadian sovereign claims over its natural resources and shipping lanes, but also as encouraging Russia ...
- 18.03.2015 11:50:00
... accordingly conducted a large Arctic maneuver – Cold Response Exercise – in which more than 16 000 troops from 14 countries are believed to have participated, involving also servicemen of the Air Force, Navy, Army and special tasks forces of NATO member states. Norway also plans to hold one of its largest military exercises in Finnmark, a Norwegian territory adjacent to the Russian Federation. The exercise, called “Joint Viking” is scheduled for March 2015 and will involve the ...
- 11.03.2015 17:01:00
By Brian E. Frydenborg, February 26th, 2015 (updated February 27th-28th)
Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here
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One of the sad things about looking at current commentary about Russia, America, and the state of their relationship is the lack of measured and reasoned...
- 27.02.2015 05:12:00
... Ukraine, and even as to whether the E.U. should be involved with Ukraine at all.
The US has little intrinsic interest in Ukraine, apart from the interests of its politically-inflluential Ukrainian Diaspora. However, once the decision was made to expand NATO eastwards, it acquired a logic and momentum of its own, eventually putting NATO membership for Ukraine on the agenda. Many experienced, highly-respected specialists, including George Kennan, architect of the doctrine of containment of the Soviet ...
- 30.01.2015 17:55:00
Disappearance of Polarity:
“Polarity” has long served as a useful explanatory framework in the study of international politics. The analogy to physical magnetism represents a system of states pulled or pushed into alliances by forces analogous to magnetic fields. Thinking in terms of polarity can be useful in explaining ...
- 27.01.2015 18:43:00