With the Brexit vote now an established fact, a crushing but momentary defeat to the Neo-Liberal Cameron’s political ambition , the manufactured Labour Antisemitism crisis in the momentary stasis of ‘investigation’, and Corbyn firmly established as leader of the Party, The Financial Times can now give time to another of its propaganda obsessions: Putin as the New Stalin, and his ‘belligerence’ as chronicled in its pages. Two news stories and an editorial mark a return to this journalistic business as usual, the NATO Summit of July 8, 2016 being the subject of the editorial.
Headline: Reinforcements fail to quell unease on Nato’s eastern flank
Sub-headline : Russian belligerence causes alarm as alliance meets in Warsaw
Henry Foy and Zosia Wasik in Olsztyn
With the Polish city part of Nato’s largest series of military exercises since the end of the cold war, that was partly the point.
Across eastern Europe countries are increasingly unsettled by the actions of a militarised and belligerent Russia. Its 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea spooked nations that emerged from Soviet control in 1989.
From Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south, Nato members on the alliance’s eastern flank have called for protection and support from their western allies. That demand will be met at the Nato summit that begins in Warsaw on Friday with the promise of new battle groups in four of the region’s most vulnerable areas.
‘Belligerent Russia’ is the latest code phrase in The New Cold War, Foreign Policy technocrats have called it Russian Revanchism, but quite surprisingly Henry Foy and Zosia Wasik provide a dissenting voice :
Other members have advised against any build-up of defences and warned of the dangers of provoking Moscow. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister, described recent Nato exercises as “sabre-rattling and warmongering”.
Polish defence minister Antoni Macierewicz provides some insight on the NATO maneuvers/strategies:
“We are convinced that the Nato summit will stabilise the situation on the eastern flank,” said Antoni Macierewicz, Polish defence minister. “It will be an effective response [to Russia], a response which is an effective deterrent and providing security for our countries and nations.”
While substantially the largest for two decades, the Nato exercises in eastern Europe over the past year are far smaller than those conducted by Russia — which have sometimes involved more than 100,000 troops. But Polish officials insist the measures are purely defensive, and will spur dialogue with Moscow.
“Before this decision [to deploy troops], there was no reason to talk [with Moscow]. After the decision we can talk about how to maintain peace in the world,” said Mr Macierewicz.
The most telling observation by Mr. Macierewicz is his comment on Ukraine:
“We are counting on these discussions leading to the withdrawal of Russia not only from aggressive steps, but also from the territories that it illegally took from Ukraine.”
Withdrawal of Russians from ‘territories’ and cession of ‘aggressive steps’ sounds like an echo of American ‘diplomat’ Victoria Nuland or one her many Neo-Conservative or R2P fellow travelers.
Headline: Angela Merkel says Russia damaging Europe’s security
Henry Foy in Warsaw and Stefan Wagstyl in Berlin
German chancellor Angela Merkel has blamed Russia for undermining European security, on the eve of the Nato summit where the alliance’s response to the threat posed by Moscow will loom large.
Leaders of Nato member countries will meet in Warsaw on Friday for a two-day summit amid fears in eastern Europe of Moscow’s territorial ambitions, fracturing unity on how to deal with Russia and anxiety among members of the alliance about the UK’s future commitments to European security post-Brexit.
Speaking in Berlin before she departed for a summit where Nato will announce new battle groups in four countries on the alliance’s eastern flank, Ms Merkel pledged support to the region.
She said Moscow had undermined European security in “words and deeds” by infringing Ukraine’s borders and “profoundly disturbed” Nato’s eastern members who “therefore require the unambiguous back-up of the alliance”.
Ms. Merkel in full hysteria mode.The Russians are Coming!! It is actually 1952 in Merkel World, which is making it difficult for the real leader of the EU to do business, or is it simply towing the NATO New Cold War Party Line, as one of the high costs of doing business with the US, and maintaining German economic dominance as leader of The Virtuous Northern Tier ?
Another player in the NATO Alliance speaks from the same script:
Andrzej Duda, Poland’s president, said on Thursday that the new battle group deployments in Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were of “breakthrough significance” and would allow Nato to negotiate with Russia from a position of strength.
“In the face of the changing situation in the security environment in our part of the world, in central and eastern Europe it is necessary to strengthen the presence and potential of Nato,” he said.
Antoni Macierewicz then takes his place among the players sounding the alarm about the enemy Russia:
Poland’s defence minister, meanwhile, labelled Russia “the biggest threat” to world peace, and praised Berlin for recognising the danger posed by Moscow.
“The part of Europe we live in is in real danger. Russia is the aggressor. Never before, since world war two, did we face such a situation. What’s more, Russia is not hiding its aggressive intentions, neither towards Ukraine — whose territory it is occupying — nor towards other countries of the region, including Poland,” Antoni Macierewicz told Rzeczpospolita newspaper.
There is much more to be said about this essay, but the editorial that follows deserves the reader’s attention and my own.
Headline : Nato’s Warsaw summit is a test the west must pass
Sub-headline: After Brexit, Nato needs to send a message of unity and strength
The last paragraphs of this ‘editorial’ are more cautious than the fear mongering that acted as lengthy preface:
Nonetheless, there is a legitimate concern that the Brexit vote reflects an increasingly inward-looking mood among UK voters. What is more, if Britain now faces a sharp slowdown in the economy or a recession, it may be hard to maintain public spending on defence at current levels.
The commitments of Germany and the US to a strong Nato will also need to be underlined. The Obama administration has been widely accused of washing its hands of the Middle East and of generally scaling back its commitment to global security. The rise of Donald Trump has also raised concerns about incipient American isolationism. In this context, the White House’s promise to spend considerably more money on defence in eastern Europe is very welcome. By contrast, recent remarks by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, deploring Nato “sabre-rattling” in eastern Europe sent the wrong message of western doubt.
The Russian government knows that many of the key western leaders who will meet in Warsaw are on their way out. By this time next year, David Cameron and Barack Obama of the US will certainly have left office — and François Hollande will also probably have left the presidency of France. Even Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is looking less politically secure than for some years.
Against this backdrop of political and strategic uncertainty, it is crucial that the Nato summit demonstrates the unity, coherence and confidence of the west.
What might a reader make of this headline: Ex-NATO Chief Rasmussen is now Poroshenko’s new advisor
And this assignment was not left unnoticed by Russia
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has been appointed as a new advisor to the Ukrainian President. Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant decree on May 27.
Rasmussen, who also was Danish Prime Minister, has already confirmed the fact.
“I’m pleased to accept the appointment, and I will do my utmost to promote security and reforms in Ukraine, and strengthen the Ukraine-E.U. bond. I look very much forward to working with the Ukrainian authorities”, Rasmussen posted on Facebook.
The ex-NATO Chief described the situation in Donbas as “alarming”. But, he said, at the same time Ukraine need to continue to carry out reforms, including the fight against corruption. “In that respect, reinforced ties with the E.U. are essential”, he stated.
Rasmussen is known for his support for Ukraine. In August 2014 Poroshenko awarded him “for significant contribution to the development of cooperation between the state of Ukraine and the NATO, important support in defending the sovereignty, independence and integrity of Ukraine”.
Moscow has already called this assignment “an enemy act against Russia”.
“Ukraine is drifting towards NATO. The country is a stepping-stone (for NATO) against Russia, and it will be used if we or Ukraine itself don’t oppose”, Russian official Leonid Kalashnikov said in an interview with Interfax.
Kalashnikov added, “entering NATO would be a suicide for Ukraine”.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen was NATO Secretary General from 2009 to 2014. He was replaced by Norwegian politician Jens Stoltenberg.
One has to consider this emerging situation as utterly dangerous to peace and stability in the region, if not the world. What can one say about the mendacity or the utter cluelessness of Obama? Nobel Peace Prize winner, while the coterie of Power/Nuland/Pyatt machinations lead us into more murderous political adventurism, but this time on a grand scale.
Added July 8, 2016 7:29 A.M.PDT
Putin has something to add to the debate:
‘We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger – this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore.‘
Added July 8, 2016 7:50 A.M. PDT:
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