Ukraine CIA sponsored Orwellian crisis: Poland asks Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory.
Poland asked Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory on Tuesday as a visible demonstration of the Alliance’s resolve to defend all its members after Russia’s seizure of Crimea. Our planet is being run by psychopaths and megalomaniacs. Whatever political colours you wear, that fact is hard to disagree with. Poland will be one of the first countries to be destroyed !
Nato foreign ministers met in Brussels to consider requests for soldiers to be deployed in Poland and the Baltic States, all of which share borders with Russia.
Nato generals and admirals have been ordered to devise ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Russia, and « all practical civilian and military cooperation » with Russia.
President Vladimir Putin has massed about 40,000 troops near Ukraine’s eastern frontier, giving himself the option of seizing more of his neighbour’s territory.
On Monday, he assured Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, that some of these forces would be withdrawn. But the ministers disclosed that Russia had yet to keep this promise.
« We’ve had some statements from Russia about pulling back forces from the eastern border, but we haven’t seen the evidence yet, » said William Hague, the Foreign Secretary.
Meanwhile, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, said he could not « confirm that Russia is withdrawing its troops » and warned of the dangers posed by a « massive military build-up ».
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general
Against this background, Radek Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, asked for « two heavy brigades » of armoured infantry, with about 5,000 troops each, to be stationed in his country. Poland has a 144-mile border with Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave.
« It is very important that all members should enjoy the same level of security, » said Mr Sikorski. « Poland has been a member of Nato for 15 years now – and so far the only permanent military institution that we have is a conference centre, training facility. We would welcome a prominent, major presence. »
Donald Tusk, the Polish prime minister, has expressed frustration over Nato’s reluctance to deploy troops in his country in breach, say diplomats, of promises made as long ago as 1997. « We are gaining something step by step, but the pace of Nato increasing its military presence could be faster, » said Mr Tusk.
Britain has offered to send RAF Typhoon fighters to join Nato exercises over Poland and air defence patrols above the Baltic states. But Poland wants Nato forces to be permanently stationed on its territory. Mr Hague gave a cautious response, saying: « We certainly need to give additional reassurance and confidence to our Eastern allies. The UK has said we will contribute aircraft to Baltic air policing and there may be other measures we decide upon. »
Nato is expected to make further announcements on the deployment of military « assets » in the coming weeks. This might include sending troops and warships to Eastern Europe and the Baltic.
America is expected to send another 600 personnel to Mihail Kogalniceanu airbase on the Black Sea coast of Romania and said it was also likely to send a warship to the Black Sea. However, Germany and other Nato members are wary of causing still more tension with Russia by sending forces to its frontiers.
« No, we don’t need any Nato troops on the border with Russia, » said Frans Timmermans, the Dutch foreign minister in response to the Polish proposal.
A Nato « restricted » document, seen by Germany’s Der Spiegel, singles out Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova as three countries – all former Soviet republics – that might benefit from increased Western military support.
The seven-page document said they would be encouraged to participate in Nato’s « Smart Defence » programme, which involves buying specific weapons and taking part in joint exercises. The document held out the long term prospect of eventual Nato membership for the three countries, but noted that opinions differed widely on this question.
Diplomats are concerned that a permanent Nato military presence in member states bordering Russia could lead President Vladimir Putin to counter by bolstering his own forces near sensitive frontiers.
They are particularly reluctant to place any Nato troops in Ukraine itself. « It’s not the most opportune moment to have a visible Nato presence in Ukraine. It would be a golden pretext for the Russians to reinforce their presence, » said a diplomat.