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    US Troops Deployment 'Turning Europe Into a Tinderbox Ready to Ignite'

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    US troops and military equipment have arrived in Poland. Military expert Vladimir Kozin described the eastward deployment by NATO as unprecedented since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Almost 1,000 United States soldiers and the first shipment of the equipment for an American tank brigade have arrived in Poland, the Polish Defense Ministry reported Tuesday.

    “Almost 1,000 US troops are on our territory today. The first [batch of] equipment has also crossed the Polish border," Ministry Spokesperson Bartlomiej Misiewicz said, as quoted by Polsat TV channel.

    According to Misiewicz, the ceremony to welcome the US troops will take place on January 14.

    The incoming tank brigade comprises some 4,000 service personnel, 87 tanks, 18 self-propelled Paladin howitzers, 144 Bradley fighting vehicles and hundreds of Humvees.

    The equipment was transported to Poland by rail, from where it will be distributed across the Baltic States, Bulgaria and Romania. The extra military presence is part of the Atlantic Resolve operation launched by the US military in April 2014, in the aftermath of the Maidan coup in Ukraine.

    In July, NATO held a summit in Warsaw, where defense ministers finalized arrangements to deploy multinational NATO battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, totaling around 4,000 troops.

    The summit also confirmed the deployment of anti-ballistic missile systems and radars to Romania and Poland and confirmed that the United States would deploy 1,000 troops in Poland.

    Western media reported that this was the biggest deployment of US armored vehicles to Europe since the end of the Cold War.

    Such a deployment to NATO’s eastern flank is unprecedented since the fall of the USSR, and there are several reasons for this, said Vladimir Kozin, a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

    "According to the German military, some 900 railroad cars will be needed to deliver all this equipment to the deployment sites. But what is the reason? First, [US President Barack] Obama wants to play a mean trick on President-elect Donald Trump who won the election," Kozin told Radio Sputnik.

    Second, according to the expert, Washington wants to convince its European NATO allies to increase defense spending over two percent of the GDP, which was agreed during a NATO summit in Wales.

    "Finally, the US wants to maintain tensions around the world and particularly in Europe. They want to turn the region into another tinderbox ready to ignite. This number one priority," Kozin suggested.

    He noted that the US wants to continue the standoff with Russia, and as result, Europe becomes a "prisoner" of this situation.

    "The US and NATO plans to increase aerial, anti-submarine, missile defense and intelligence activities with the use of heavy military equipment. In order to justify sanctions, the situation needs to be tense all the time. Europe is becoming a prisoner of this new Cold War initiated by Obama," he concluded.


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    • Angus Gallagher
      It doesn't help that the eurosocialists just as much as the establishment right have Stockholm syndrome.
    • avatar
      Napoleon and Hitler couldn't do it neither will NATO.
    • nuclearstarr
      The purpose of this deployment is to threaten the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

      The US/NATO recent Anaconda war games were essentially a rehearsal for the invasion of Kaliningrad. observer.com/2016/06/the-political-message-behind-natos-war-game-in-poland Anaconda was NATO’s largest field exercise in Europe east of the current German-Polish border since 1992; it included 31,000 soldiers from 24 countries exercising for 10 days with 14,000 American troops participating.

      Russia will respond to these NATO actions and troop build-up by positioning two tank armies on the borders of Lithuania and Latvia. This response is to ensure that Russia will not have to rely upon nuclear weapons to crush a NATO attack upon Kaliningrad. However, this build-up of forces is highly destabilizing and creates a situation where even an accident could lead to a direct military conflict between the US/NATO and Russia.

      Such a confrontation is being made even more likely by US and Israeli sales of military equipment to Poland, see www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/01/08/poland-acquires-first-strike-capability-pose-threat-russia After the US presidential election, the US approved the sale of 70 AGM-158B JASSM-ER missiles (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff missiles with extended range) for Poland. This missile has a range of 575-620 miles and can carry a 992 lb penetrating warhead; an effective stealth weapon to knock out key stationary infrastructure sites located deep in Russia’s territory.

      A NATO Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense site is to be positioned in Poland in 2018 [a dual-use facility that can launch both interceptors and nuclear-armed cruise missiles]; the AGM-158B are two destabilizing factors that also undermine security in Europe and obstruct prospects for arms control.
    • avatar
      We have Some good men in government. But those who use government for personal interest should be treated like common criminals. Their remains but few common sense men showing in our world today. I hope Mr. Trump can survive that test. JESUS is our only real answer.
    • Meatcannonin reply tojj42(Show commentHide comment)
      jj42, That's why Putin isn't bothered by this feeble attempt at provocation. He understands that the emasculated and sissified US Military would fail miserably on the eastern front.
    • Alan Reid
      This coming conflict is not going to play out too well for the NATO chess pieces, The American forces and all their unproven toys. War is mostly about the unknown and Russia is a lot more unknown than the other side with all the beatings they have on their record. Anyone can see the reality of the truth even with the lies the media in North America is pushing like crack cocaine. Russia will not be bullied or cowed. Russia Ends conflicts. Look at the record. America loses conflicts again look at the record. Good luck, We will be watching.
    • C Han
      US does not care about Europe whether the latter is engulfed in a war.

      I always remember the words of my grand parents: "Do not piss the the Russians, because not only they are 7 moves ahead of you but they will come at your throat with anger and hate."
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