Are Russia and NATO preparing for a war over Ukraine?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
A London based new study warns that as a consequence of Ukraine crisis, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia from Ukraine, NATO and Russia could declare a war any time. The war games conducted by Russian and US-led NATO forces separately go far beyond the hypothetical, raising the specter of a very real conflict on the European continent. This war scenario hunch seems to be overpitched and unrealistic.
Many specialists arguing for the existence of NATO as the formidable western military alliance, say NATO suspects Russia under President Putin has been seriously considering the revival of the Soviet block of nations and Soviet system, although latest reports suggest Ukraine issue is being sidelined by all concerned and as such soon Russia would agree for a patch up with Ukraine for the time being to stabilize its economy.
However, military exercises are conducted by Russia and NATO forces. Reports suggest that over the last 18 months, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated considerably—at least in part due to war games by Russia and US-led NATO that feed a climate of mistrust.
The Russian snap exercise in March involving 80,000 military personal from bases all across the country, and NATO’s Allied Shield set of war games conducted on air, land, and sea in June, which involved 15,000 personnel from 22 countries.
Though both sides may maintain that these operations are targeted against hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of them indicate otherwise: Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO, and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia
According to the London based European Leadership Network (ELN), the Russian and NATO Military Exercises Making War in Europe more likely and it wants remedial measures to stop a real war between Russia and NATO.
The report presented by ELN, the NATO’s activities, for example, are clearly intended to simulate the kinds of operations NATO forces would need to engage in, in the context of a military crisis or confrontation with Russia somewhere in the Baltic region, the report reads, while the scale and geographical distribution of Russia’s drill means it could only have been a simulated war with NATO.
The report however said “We do not suggest that the leadership of either side has made a decision to go to war or that a military conflict between the two is inevitable, but that the changed profile of exercises is a fact and it does play a role in sustaining the current climate of tensions in Europe.
The exercises also indicate what each side sees as its most exposed areas, ELN states, with NATO concentrating its activities in the Baltic States and Poland and Russia focusing primarily on the Arctic and High North, the seaport city of Kaliningrad, occupied Crimea, and its border areas with NATO members Estonia and Latvia.
While Russia and NATO both insist that their moves are defensive in nature, the war games can be easily perceived as provocative and deliberate aggravation of the crisis.
the report stressed the need to defuse or at least minimize the tensions between the world powers and also recommends increased transparency and communication around scheduling of exercises; restraint in terms of size or scenarios used in exercises; and—most grandly—the immediate commencement of conceptual work on a new treaty limiting deployment of specific categories of weapons.
The Ukraine crisis began when a pro-Russia Ukrainian was removed as president of Ukraine and a pro-US president was installed in Kiev, annoying the Kremlin. Added to that, the new president of Ukraine owed to make Ukraine a part of the US led NATO. In retaliation, President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to enter Ukraine and take over Crimea – formerly a part of Russia but gifted to Ukraine by the then Soviet president Khrushchev who in fact belonged to Ukraine. The rest is already a part of Russian history.
In fact, Russia followed all necessary procedures before annexing Crimea from Ukraine. People of Crimea elected to join Russia peacefully unlike the Ukraine as example where people not wanting to be part of that mess are being forced at gunpoint to remain part of the country.
The Ukraine crisis has led to around 2 million refugees fleeing the violence. There are no refugees from the Crimea to speak of.
As a condition to receiving more finances from the West, the Ukraine is in much the same position as Greece in EU, a country occupied and controlled by the Bankers who are insisting all the assets of the country be privatized and sold to corporates and foreign investors. Greek government is undertaking austerity measures almost on permanent basis.
Foreign powers seek to buy up Ukraine farmland so as to grow their GMO’s. The IMF and bankers are ordering the Ukraine to dismantle the social state and sell all assets to foreign investors and corporations.
Quite frankly when it comes to being “Occupied” by foreign interests Ukraine meets the model much more than does the Crimea. The Ukraine has indeed become a colony of the Banker class!
The report sounds like maybe England is doing a good job at propagating a Western war with Russia to cut it to size and export “democracy” to Moscow. No offense, if they can indeed succeed in that, but this is just an easily detectable propaganda to terrorize Europe. England has all the reason to do it too. Once this gets passed around, westerners will be even more paranoid, never realizing that its just propagandists doing what they do the best sow the seeds of war for huge profits. The warmongers are thirsty for action. Jeb wants more troops in Iraq. Netanyahu wants McCain, if not Obama, to bomb Iran–well, maybe using another pilot. Ukraine is being tested for fitness as bogeyman-in-chief.