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The biggest obstacle for Ukraine to get Europe and especially NATO full backing.

Will Green Minister of Defense Baerbock sack the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy on the eve of hostilities.

The Federal Ministry of Defense distances itself from Schönbach's statements

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated in a letter that the German ambassador had been summoned, saying it was about the "unacceptability of the statements made by the Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, Kay-Achim Schönbach." Among other things, it is about his statement "that Crimea will never return to Ukraine and that our state will not meet the membership criteria for NATO".

This leak by Schönbach is an indication of high risk NATO is willing to engage Russia in a war. Numerous examples in history, reminds me of Barack Obama leaking intelligence Israel was in final planning stages to attack Iran and use airfields in Azerbaijan.

Hacks, leaks and disruptions -- Russian cyber strategies | ISS - 2018 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 09:43:43 PM EST
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But Ukraine is not a member, nor will it ever be, so what would be NATO's excuse to go to war?

Couldn't Schönbach's outcome rather be sign that the military wants the politicians to quit grandstanding and deal with the reality so that the military doesn't have to?

It's a very small clique that is actually willing to fight Russia over Ukraine (or for Baltic countries, for that matter), and most of the armed forces and civilians in the West or Ukraine are not in it.

by pelgus on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 09:59:45 PM EST
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Vice Admiral Schönbach Takes Command Of The German Navy | Naval News - April 2021 |

On March 24, 2021, the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, General Eberhard Zorn, handed over command of the German Navy from Vice Admiral Andreas Krause to his successor, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach.

No one else before him was Navy Inspector for so long. His term of office was marked by a radical paradigm shift in Germany's security and defense policy. After 30 years of peace dividends and focusing on international crisis management, it was important to change course decisively in the direction of national and alliance defense. The operations of international crisis management, the recognized missions of NATO and the securing of the free sea routes also remain obligations of the Navy.

The Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), India is organising a Talk by Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach, Chief of the German Navy on 'Germany's Indo Pacific Strategy' On Friday, 21 January 2022 from 1415h to 1530h

Ukraine demands public refutation of statement by German Navy commander on Crimea | UkrInform |

Publicity is always welcome ... otherwise it may have been missed by Western media. 🇩🇪  🇮🇳 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 10:53:06 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 10:37:21 PM EST
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I guess Liz doesn't approve sanctions, either? Oh, wait, "rules based" means something different than based in mutually accepted rules...
by pelgus on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 10:46:27 PM EST
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