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Useless battalions for the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, April 13, 2018

“The presence of NATO multinational battalion-size groups in the Baltic states completely excludes the possibility of repeating a “Crimean scenario” in the region.” This opinion was expressed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Ottawa last week. As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended…

5 Deadly Russian Weapons of War NATO Should Fear in a Fight

By Robert Farley on Thursday, April 12, 2018

As they now exist, Russian special forces represent a major problem for the West at all levels of escalation.  In the event of conflict, we could expect Russian special forces to operate at various stages of the conflict, as they have during the Ukraine crisis.  If war develops over a border dispute between Russia and one of the Baltics, we will undoubtedly find Russian special operators there ahead of us. In…

‘America will not engage in a huge military entanglement’

By Henning Riecke on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The United States is considering a military strike in Syria to retaliate for a suspected regime chemical gas attack. Henning Riecke, of the German Council on Foreign Relations, says Donald Trump faces a major dilemma. Henning Riecke: One option is larger military engagement towards Syria and to change the military balance there. The goal would be to fight back against Assad and to eventually enforce regime change. There have been…

In the Baltic summit Trump signaled his desire to meet Putin

By Linas Jegelevičius on Friday, April 6, 2018

Following the Baltic leaders’ White House visit early this week, the majority of Lithuanian political analysts hurried to praise Donald Trump, the eccentric President of the United States, for his reaffirmation of the U.S.’s unwavering support to the Baltic States. Perhaps only analyst Kęstutis Girnius cast doubt on the sincerity of the U.S. leader, saying that Trump used the visit for domestic politics first.

US-Dominated NATO Needs Enemies to Justify Its Existence

By Stephen Lendman on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The North Atlantic Alliance functions as an arm of US imperial policy – intended for offense, not defense, especially after Soviet Russia dissolved. World peace and stability are unattainable as long as this killing machine exists, waging endless wars of aggression, raping and destroying one country after another, responsible for countless millions of casualties and vast destruction. Washington controls NATO, defraying 75% of its budget, calling the shots, subservient alliance…

Trump reportedly serious about pulling US troops out of Syria as warnings start coming in

By Jamie McIntyre and Travis J. Tritten on Monday, April 2, 2018

SERIOUS ABOUT SYRIA: When President Trump announced last week, almost as an aside, that the U.S. would be leaving Syria “very soon,” many — including some of his own top advisers — wondered what he meant. It turns out that what he meant was pretty much what he said. Trump is of a mind to pull U.S. troops out of Syria “very soon,” and in his words, “let the other…

Trump’s Baltic summit echoes Reagan’s first proclamation for Eastern European freedom 50 years ago

By Gene Kopelson on Monday, April 2, 2018

On April 3, 2018, President Donald Trump will welcome to the White House the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in a reaffirmation of ties between the three Baltic nations and the United States. Those three nations, along with many others, suffered for many decades as Soviet vassal states behind the Iron Curtain. Exactly fifty years ago, Ronald Reagan made his own first official foray into the geopolitics of Eastern…

Unnamed threats to Lithuania

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, March 30, 2018

The State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania on March 26, 2018 presented to the society and media representatives the Assessment of national security threats.

The Suwalki Corridor: NATO’s choke point

By Janusz Bugajski on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Any effective political and military alliance must understand its weakest links and take urgent remedial action. The Suwalki Corridor, a 65-kilometer-wide strip of territory linking Poland with Lithuania, is NATO’s most vulnerable choke point along its eastern flank. In the event of conflict between Russia and NATO, Russia’s military—operating from the Kaliningrad exclave and from Belarus—could attempt to close the Suwalki Corridor and incapacitate NATO as a security provider for…

Spy Attack Widens Turkey’s Split With NATO Allies Over Russia

By Selkan Hacaoglu on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

As U.S. and European allies form a diplomatic front against Russia, Turkey’s coziness with the Kremlin is testing its crucial defense ties with the U.S. and its military alliance with NATO. The U.S., Canada and several European nations expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats on Monday to punish President Vladimir Putin’s government for the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the U.K. Turkey, which has grown closer to…