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Breedlove: NATO Ready to ‘Fight and Win If Necessary’ Against Russia

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The US European Command (EUCOM) and NATO are prepared to "fight and win" against Russia "if necessary," US Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove said on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russia has repeatedly warned that NATO’s attempts to expand on its borders, as well as more recently amass troops and equipment, constitute provocative acts that are contrary to previous agreements and can undermine regional and global stability.

"To counter Russia, EUCOM, working with allies and partners, is deterring Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary," Breedlove said.

Since 2014, the United States and NATO have been focused on rebuilding military capacity and force readiness in Europe under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI).

Breedlove explained that under ERI, NATO will preposition its second "heavy force" in Europe, which he said "will be used, not for practicing, but for warfighting."

In early February, the US Department of Defense requested a Europe-related defense budget of $3.4 billion for fiscal year 2017.

The United States and NATO’s European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) is a return to a posture of deterrence against Russia, General Philip Breedlove told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

As a result of NATO’s alleged partnership posture toward Russia, the alliance downsized its forces, headquarters and capabilities. The ERI takes a multi-pronged approach to rebuild a forward deployed, ready force structure in Europe, as well as better infrastructure and prepositioned military equipment.

"For the past two decades… we have been in a position where we have been trying to make a partner out of Russia in Europe," Breedlove stated. "ERI is one of the steps along the way to position us… to get to where we need to be to deter [Russia]."

Breedlove explained that the ERI is an attempt to "begin reshaping the European Command and the NATO force structure to be able now to confront someone that does not wish to share our norms and values in Europe."

In its recently released 2017 budget request, the US Department of Defense asked for $3.4 billion to fund the ERI, a four-fold increase over the 2016 funding levels.

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  • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    mitty, strap this jackass to an ICBM and let 'er rip...right out to sea.
  • Ann in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
    jas, You will see more newbies as more people abandon the sinking ship that is the western media. Some of us saw the iceberg already - everyone now has just felt the first impact. Expect the trolls to follow, trying to alter their course back to the ship.
  • Blackie
    Breedlove should be terminated with extreme predudice.
  • Ann in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, Even jerry springer has more sense than that.
  • Ann in reply toaza1214(Show commentHide comment)
    aza1214, kak pushechnoye m'aso
  • Ann in reply torogertidy(Show commentHide comment)
    rogertidy, Because as is the norm, that "partnership" is supposed to based on submission and US dominance. They think they can scare Russia into submission - boy, reality is really going to bite this time.
  • Ann in reply torogertidy(Show commentHide comment)
    rogertidy, Because as is the norm, that "partnership" is supposed to based on submission and US dominance. They think they can scare Russia into submission - boy, reality is really going to bite this time.
  • Blackiein reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9,
    Hi
    NATO is a terrorist fraudulant organization that breaches International law.
    Also it is not a Country with borders.In a war with Russia the NATO countries would not have the power or the pluck or the unity to even fight together.
    A lot of EU Countries hate each other still.
    So what else do we know about this bunch of dreamers NAZIO?
  • Blackie
    Russia should eliminate NATO an do Europe favour.
    www.rt.com/news/333715-russia-europe-war-nato
  • rogertidyin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, Yes, and it's revealing what Breedlove says about Russia not wanting to accept NATO values, by which I suppose he means NATO's habit of running amuck and aggressively trying to impose regime change on any country it doesn't like. The people of Yugoslavia and Libya, etc. know very well what NATO 'values' really mean.
  • yehedgehogin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, It's Russian, and means uncultured, uncivilized, there is no exact English equivalent. It's one of the worst insults in the Russian language and one of the few words of Russian that I really comprehend.
  • Is it because I am black?in reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, that is so much nonsense this General is saying, NATO has provoked Russia enough in the Caucasus and lately in Ukraine. As one of his last significant acts Obama should roll out the red carpet for Putin and turn the clock back to before 2007-08 when the trouble in Georgia started developing.
  • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, any idea what made this man come out with this nonsense now where Russia and America already agreed on the Syrian ceasefire?
  • Ann in reply toyehedgehog(Show commentHide comment)
    yehedgehog, I'm just now learning the language. Thanks, I'll add it to my list of other Russian "bad" words I've accumulated - I seem to pick those up first...
  • Ann in reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, Agreed. I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why NATO thinks it should have any "borders", yes, it is NOT a country and has no such sovereignty as countries do. I think NATO should either be dissolved or totally reformed to be what it should be - a mediator and nothing more. A neutral method of stopping countries from violating each other. If it can't be that, then do away with it altogether. We don't need it as it currently is.
  • yehedgehogin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, Almost everyone does. Too much watching car crash compilations on you tube I expect. If you want to learn more, google: How to swear in Russian. Right now I'm trying to track down the idea that each letter in the Cyrillic alphabet is a unique sound. That would make learning Russian much easier. A horizontal dictionary would make it much easier too, but my wife would kill me, if the exercise didn't (I'm 74).
  • Blackiein reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9,
    Hi
    Correct again.
    We have just lost all of Europe and nobody seemed to notice.Not one bullet fired, and all this so they can have a greater Israel and ISIS.
  • hopscotch64
    Breedlove is using the language of war and are a direct threat to the security of Russia. There is no if's, and's or but's about it, his words are a declaration of war. Breedlove is making abundantly clear that the intentions of the US/NATO criminals is the isolation and threat of invasion of Russia until Russia submits to the will of Washington. If this situation is allowed to go on the Russian people will be living under the constant threat of invasion from an enemy right on their borders. All this talk about reapproachment and reset's is an obvious ploy to buy time to further build forces on the Russian border. Breedlove's own words make it abundantly clear that there are two stages to the US/NATO plan first to militarily isolate Russia, second to invade Russia and win. It is high time for Russia to give these criminals a bloody nose while Russia is able to.
  • WOW! Good old prankster US Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Philip Breedlove is at it again!
    But seriously. Somewhere in the late 40's a German guy was rambling about the same thing. We all no what happend to him when Russia had enough...
  • Mitach2002
    Shit up you blood thirsty traitor of humanity.
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