Nato would be powerless to stop a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe, says top British general

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Former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 Nato would not be able to stop a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe because of years of military cuts, one of Britain’s top generals has warned.

General Sir Richard Shirreff, who stepped down from his post as Nato deputy supreme commander earlier this year, said the military alliance needed to rearm if it was serious about defending itself in the future.

Asked about the crisis in Ukraine, he said: ‘The reality is that Nato would be very hard pressed and they would find it very difficult to put into the field, at sea or into the air the means required, particularly on land I would assess, to counter any form of Russian adventurism.’

His remarks came after the Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen revealed that the organisation will deploy forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

The move is an attempt to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to Mr Rasmussen.

He said the organisations’s summit in Wales next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia’s borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.

He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine’s security, ‘modernise’ its armed forces and help the country counter the threat from Russia.

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Russia has become increasingly concerned over the growing strength of Nato, which has spread east.

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During the Cold War the Soviet Union had a buffer zone of ‘Warsaw Pact’ allies, separating its border from the capitalist world.

His former colleague General Shireff, speaking on BBC Newsnight last night, said Nato needed urgent investment.

He said: ‘Certainly western Europe would not be able to defend in my view against Russia without significant support from the Americans.

‘Nato would find it really difficult to get a division (20,000 people) out of the door in quick time.

‘Because certainly in western Europe what we have seen progressively is a dismantling of military capability.’

He accepted that advocating rearmament would be unpopular, but added: ‘It is a message our political leadership need to take home and listen to and act on if they are serious about ensuring that Nato has the means to defend itself in the future.

‘If Nato is serious about this, it is going to have to rearm, it is going to have to rebuild capability. European nations are going to have to put their hands in their pockets to spend more money on defence.’

Currently just four out of the 28 members spend more than the minimum target of two per cent of GDP on defence.

Asked about the situation in Iraq, Sir Richard stressed the threat posed by IS, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, had to be eradicated.

He told the programme: ‘The first priority is to protect but ultimately the priority must be to eradicate IS as an external threat because of the potential impact on the Middle East … but also its potential impact if its incubus is allowed to survive … on our external security. There is (also) a very clear issue as far as internal security is concerned.’

When questioned about whether this meant siding with President Bashar Assad in Syria, he replied: ‘There can be no eradication of IS as a threat without a regional approach.

‘IS is operating and has spread into Syria and therefore there is likely to be or inevitably going to be a need to sit down and talk to difficult bed fellows, bad people.

‘It is one thing to say that we are going to deal with it, but you have to back up your words with actions and therefore in my view we should rule out nothing.

‘We must apply all the levers of power, political, diplomatic, economic and of course of military, but above all we need to establish the international political will to deal with this.’

“Russia now enemy, so we’ll help Ukraine build up military” – NATO chief Anders Fogh Of War Rasmussen

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoye near Slavyansk, Donetsk Region (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoye near Slavyansk, Donetsk Region (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

NATO is preparing a package deal to ramp up the Ukrainian military because it ‘must adapt’ to Russia viewing it as an enemy, the outgoing chief of the military bloc said.

The deal would be submitted to foreign ministers of members states later this month, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told El Pais in an interview. He declined to go into detail, but said it provides for defense industry reform and modernization of the Ukrainian military.

The alliance may also facilitate cooperation with Ukraine over military training, although whatever exercises of NATO member troops would be held in Ukraine is up to individual countries, Rasmussen said.

“We must adapt to the fact that Russia now considers usits adversary,” he explained.

NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen (Reuters / Laurent Dubrule)

NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen tranced (Reuters / Laurent Dubrule)

The help that NATO plans to give Ukrainian military comes as the said military are used in a bloody crackdown on the defiant eastern provinces, where local militias defend cities from daily artillery shelling and airstrikes.

Kiev regards the militias as Russia-backed terrorists and refuses any kind of negotiation with them. NATO shares the view, accusing Russia of funneling heavy weapons into Ukraine across the border, although so far no solid evidence of such actions was presented.

The alliance itself is experiencing a sort of revival playing the ‘Russian threat’ card to justify the build-up of troops in Central and Eastern Europe. Moscow sees such deployments as provocative and confirming NATO’s aggressive stance towards Russia.

NATO claims that it has been cooperating with Russia in every way until the Ukrainian crisis sparked the cold war hostilities again. It’s not quite true, considering the alliance’s expansion eastwards in Europe and its plans to deploy a system of anti-ballistic missile defense closer to Russian borders. Both have been done against Russia’s objections that such moves compromise Russian national security.

 

 

 

 

Media Gets Latest Info on ‘Russian Forces in Ukraine’ from Junior NATO Clerk !!!!

Someone told me long ago there’s calm

before the storm…

I know, it’s been comin’ for some time…

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is set to leave his post October 1.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is set to leave his post October 1.

MOSCOW, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – NATO’s official statement on the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine was sent by a junior NATO clerk by email, Rossiya Segodnya reported.

Igor Konashenkov, a representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, pointed out the junior rank of the official’s remarks, adding that the statement “was sent by the clerk to the authoritative news agency Reuters by ordinary email.”

Konashenkov joked that he next expects NATO statements “from cleaning ladies working at NATO headquarters, who will send the statements as text messages.”

The comment, made by NATO’s Lieutenant Colonel Jay Janzen to Reuters, stated that “there has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border.”

Speaking of the pullout of the phantom Russian forces, he added that “NATO welcomes these positive signs.”

Konashenkov believes that the junior official may have “decided to take his last crack at fame” ahead of the bureaucratic reshuffle that is slated to take place next month with Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s departure.

Rasmussen will leave his post as NATO Secretary General on October 1, and will be replaced by former Norweigen Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Kiev, NATO and the Pentagon have repeatedly declared the presence of Russian military forces on Ukrainian territory in the last months. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called such statements “unfounded public insinuations,” and the Defense Ministry has likewise repeatedly disproved them. Eight International inspections have failed to show any violations of the border from the Russian side.

According to the UN, over 3,200 civilians have been killed and over 8,000 have been wounded in Ukraine due to the conflict.