NATO and Russia

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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Suranis » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:44 am

More likely they will have the discussions and completely ignore him. The G7 was just a case of "not humouring this idiot anymore." Now it will have progressed to "sick of his shit."


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:12 am

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Angela Merkel: NATO must refocus on Russia threat

BERLIN — NATO must focus on setting up a presence at the alliance’s Eastern flank to defend itself from potential Russian aggression, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Her remarks, ahead of a summit of NATO leaders in Brussels next week, will be seen as a strong reaffirmation of the military alliance’s relevance and a statement from Europe’s most powerful leader of what she sees as its future direction. There are fears that U.S. President Donald Trump, who will attend the summit and has in the past referred to it as “obsolete“, will next week seek to undermine NATO further.

“The challenges for NATO have changed drastically in recent years,” Merkel said in a video statement published Saturday, adding that after Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its military activities in Eastern Ukraine it is important “to focus more on defending the alliance.”

“To do that we [must] make necessary arrangements, for example through a presence in central and Eastern European countries,” she said.


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:24 pm

Defense One
Russia Building Up Military Sites on Poland’s Border Before Trump-Putin Meeting

As President Donald Trump prepares to meet with NATO leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow has been improving its westernmost military facilities. Between March and June, Russia made several improvements to a munitions storage site in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, satellite photos show.

An 86-square-mile piece of territory between Poland and Latvia, the exclave was an important outpost for the Soviet Union. Now it is springing back to life as part of a Russian military buildup that has been accelerating since 2015. ...

“The visible change between the two images provided appears to be the fortification of buildings, characteristic of explosive storage bunkers, utilizing earthen berms to further insulate these structures. There also appears to be clearings, new structures visible within the the forested portion of the installation, as well as a berm and exterior fence surrounding the installation,” Hall said in an email.

The unforested sections include explosive ordinance bunkers, he said. “Every structure in the northern non-forested sector have been reinforced during the three month period of the imagery,” he said. “The berms appear to be continually fortified to make them more obscured from aerial detection.” ...

Hall said the photos also show a railroad line. It presumably connects to the larger national system, which runs to and through Lithuania. Russia built a similar line in the Georgian province of Abkhazia before invading that country in 2008.


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by tek » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:36 pm

Putin is in the clear.
The US isn't going to do anything, and the US is going to fuck over NATO so that NATO can't really do anything.

The founding fathers clearly did not envision a fuckwit getting elected president, and a congress of fuckwits enabling said fuckwit.

Sorry about the language, had a really great (early) dinner from the spoils from our farm share and I'm feeling feisty.


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Suranis » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:41 am

tek wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:36 pm
The founding fathers clearly did not envision a fuckwit getting elected president, and a congress of fuckwits enabling said fuckwit.
Sure they did. The Electoral College was supposed to step in and stop it if the people elected a fuckwit.

Instead the EC had overridden the will of the people, and elected a fuckwit. Twice.


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:57 am

The Hill
US to increase Marines stationed in Norway, drawing ire from Moscow

America is more than doubling the number of Marines in Norway, following plans outlined in June, in a move that is drawing ire from Moscow.

The Norwegian defense ministry said Wednesday that the US would increase the number of Marines stationed there from 330 to 700, Reuter according to a Reuters report.

The plans also outlined moving some troops closer to Norway’s border with Russia.

Norway insists that the increase and movement of US troops is not a military escalation, but Moscow has called the move “clearly unfriendly.” ...

“The defense of Norway depends on the support of our NATO allies, as is the case in most other NATO countries,” Bakke-Jensen said. “For this support to work in times of crises and war, we are totally dependent on joint training and exercises in times of peace.”

Last week nine eastern NATO nations asked for a greater presence from the alliance in their region. NATO has generally bolstered its military presence in the region, following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.


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Re: NATO and Russia

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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:19 pm

I'm sure this is a pipe dream but I keep hoping Putin will give up on Trump, realizing he won't be allowed to give Putin what he wants most, relief from sanctions and US support in his invasion of other countries. Sure, he's turned our country upside down and no doubt Putin has enjoyed watching that clusterfuck, but when he finally accepts Trump can't deliver, maybe he'll release the kompromat anyhoo.


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