Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 12:13:47 PM EST
Now that NATO has succeeded in creating an enemy image of Russia, let"s talk up our defenses for former Warschau Pact states incorporated in the Atlantic Alliance ...
NATO defense ministers talking Russia as relations plummet | DW News |
Alliance defense ministers are to discuss a master plan to defend against a potential Russian attack.
A meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels starting Thursday is discussing dealing with Russia at a time of difficult relations and reviewing what lessons can be learned from the alliance's almost 20-year mission in Afghanistan, which ended in a recent chaotic withdrawal.
Later on Thursday, the ministers said that they had agreed to a confidential strategy to prepare for any simultaneous attack in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.
The news was met with frustration by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said that the alliance had "paved the way" for Ukraine to join, a move Moscow has long been opposed to.
NATO seeking new strategy to protect territory: Stoltenberg
"We are in the midst of a transformation of NATO. Over the last years we have stepped up and refocused on our collective defence to protect our own territory," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the start of a two-day summit.
This new strategy would mean "ensuring we have the right forces in the right place at the right time," he said.
A master plan against potential Russian offensive
The recent showdown over the envoys comes on top of the strains caused by Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. Russia, for its part, has repeatedly complained about the stationing of NATO forces near its territory.
Although NATO officials have stressed that they do not believe an attack is imminent, the ministers are to discuss a master plan to counter any potential multiple-front Russian offensive. With the strategy, they hope to be ready for any attack in the Baltic and Black Sea regions, whether it involves nuclear arms, cyber warfare or space-based weaponry.
Lessons learned from Afghanistan failures
The agenda of the two-day meeting also includes a review of the alliance's mission in Afghanistan, which came to an end in August after the Islamist Taliban retook power after waging a bloody rebellion since being ousted as rulers by a US-led invasion in 2001.
Defending NATO's work in Afghanistan at the start of the meeting, Secretary General Stoltenberg insisted that "Our mission was not in vain, we prevented Afghanistan from being a safe haven for international terrorists, and prevented an attack against any NATO ally over 20 years."
NATO: 'We are not abandoning Afghanistan'
2020 Global Terrorism Index
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Clear facts of US footprint and failed foreign policy through the decades. The Cold War was by comparison an Age of Peace ..
Beyond pale ... seldom seen such rubbish spoken bij a NATO Secretary General ... hogwash ... putting new policy in place after a horrible decade of failures of regime change and nation building?
Libya - Egypt - Syria - Iraq - Yemen - Afghanistan ... over a million deaths, wounded and millions who lost their homes and are displaced or seeking asylum or refuge. Stop NATO aggression and hostilities for the sake of American adventurism and rightwing agenda. Europe needs to fight climate change and cooperate with Russia and China on energy transition.
EU defense ambitions should not 'duplicate' NATO: Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said the alliance welcomed the increased defense efforts by the European Union.
His remarks came a day after reports of Germany, along with four other EU states, launching an initiative to establish an EU-wide crisis reaction force, inspired by the Afghanistan withdrawal fiasco.
'More capabilities, not new structures'
NATO's cooperation with the EU has already reached "an unprecedented level," Stoltenberg said at a press conference following a meeting with the alliance's defense ministers.
Rapid Reaction Capability of the European Union: Taking that Last Big Step | Fall 2014 |
When the United States and Israel are done with international Sunni jihadists related terrorism, both nations can focus on domestic terror attacks ...
The Escalating Terrorism Problem in the United States | CSIS - June 2020 |
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