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Oggetto: [stopnato] Digest Number 5242
Data: 31 Jan 2015 09:43:58 -0000
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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. NATO Plans New Training Center In Georgia
    From: Rick Rozoff

2. NATO Chieftain: Russia Threatens "Well-Being Of People Around T
    From: Rick Rozoff

3. Article 5: U.S. Says NATO Ready For War With Russia In Eastern Europ
    From: Rick Rozoff

4. NATO New Special Operations Headquarters Targets Russia
    From: Rick Rozoff

5. Baltics: NATO's Quadrupled Warplane Threat At Russian Border
    From: Rick Rozoff

6. Nuland Demands NATO Shore Up Military Iron Curtain Along Russia's Fl
    From: Rick Rozoff

7. Heading for War with Russia?
    From: Rick Rozoff


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1. NATO Plans New Training Center In Georgia

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:57 am ((PST))

http://www.rferl.org/content/georgia-nato/26821249.html

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
January 30, 2015

NATO Scouts Out Sites For Training Center In Georgia

A senior NATO official is scouting out prospective sites for a joint training center the alliance plans to establish in Georgia.

January 30 is the final day of NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow's visit to the South Caucasus nation whose NATO aspirations were a chief cause of its five-day war with Russia in 2008.

Vershbow's meetings with Georgian leaders on January 29 focused on the implementation of a package integration mechanisms that was expanded at a NATO summit in Wales in September.

Afer meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, Vershbow said Georgia and NATO "are committed to have the training center up and running later this year."

He said it would "help Georgia to reform, modernize, and strengthen security and defense sector, and it will also be open to other NATO allies."

Vershbow said on Twitter that "all 28 NATO Allies are committed to Georgia’s future membership in the Alliance, provided it meets all necessary requirements."


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2. NATO Chieftain: 'Russia Threatens Well-Being Of People Around The World'

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:04 am ((PST))


http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/russia_undermines_international_security___stoltenberg_328639

Ukrinform January 30, 2015 Russia undermines international security -

Stoltenberg KYIV: The impact of the violence and insecurity caused by Russia has not been limited to Ukraine. Hence NATO supports the international sanctions imposed to address Russia's destabilising behaviour. This is stated in the Secretary General's annual report released on Friday, an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels reported.

"The impact of the violence and insecurity caused by Russia and Russian-backed separatists has not been limited to Ukraine. This violence can undermine the safety, stability and well-being of people around the world, as demonstrated by the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 in July. NATO supports the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), the G7 and others as part of an international effort to address Russia's destabilising behavior," reads the document.

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3. Article 5: U.S. Says NATO Ready For War With Russia In Eastern Europe

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:04 am ((PST))

http://www.ukrinform.ua/eng/news/us_to_increase_its_support_of_nato_allies_in_eastern_europe_328628

Ukrinform January 30, 2015

U.S. to increase its support of NATO allies in Eastern Europe KYIV: The United States vows to continue actions on "renewal of its commitment", regarding the security of NATO allies in Eastern Europe amid Russian aggression in the region. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said this during a meeting with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics in Washington on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. "Let me affirm, as clearly as I can today on behalf of President Obama and the United States, that our Article 5 obligations are absolutely rock-solid. We are engaged in major reassurance efforts at this point in time, which we will continue," Kerry said. He also thanked Latvia for its commitment to raise its defense spending to the two percent and meet the requirement of NATO. Kerry called this "a strong example" to the rest of NATO partners. Edgars Rinkevics, in turn, has confirmed that the establishment of peace in Ukraine is one of the main concerns for the EU. And Latvia believes that both EU and the United States should maintain very close cooperation. "We should also look into possibility of further sanctions as the situation deteriorates; I'm ready to discuss with that," Rinkevics said.

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4. NATO New Special Operations Headquarters Targets Russia

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:50 pm ((PST))

U.S. Department of Defense
January 29, 2015


Special Ops Assuming Greater NATO Responsibilities
By Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON: NATO is incorporating special operations into all aspects of its operations and training, the commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters said here yesterday.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb told the National Defense Industries Association’s Special Operations/Low-intensity Conflict Symposium that the organization is perfectly placed to capitalize on the multinational, multi-network response to threats.

“It’s all about information sharing, it’s about comprehensive collaboration and it’s about partner and allied trust,” the general said.


NATO Special Operations

NATO Special Operations Headquarters, formed in 2009, is the primary point of development, coordination and direction for all NATO Special Operations-related activities, in order to optimize employment of special operations forces, according to Webb’s Air Force biography. Webb, the biography continued, is responsible for providing an operational command capability when directed by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

The special operations experience in Afghanistan drove the headquarters, and NATO special operators are still working to capture the lessons learned from that “under fire” experience, Webb said.


Troubling Developments

NATO is concerned about several developments, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its continuing actions in eastern Ukraine, he said.

At the same time “the south is on fire,” Webb said. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses serious problems for all NATO allies, but especially for Turkey, which shares a border with Syria. Foreign fighters have flocked to ISIL’s standards in Iraq and Syria and many come from Europe. The attacks in Paris and arrests in Belgium and other European countries point to the serious nature of the threat, Webb said.
The headquarters trains special operators from around the alliance to work together, Webb said. Alliance personnel understand how each nation conducts operations and the idea is that all special operators can fall in on an understood framework. Webb said this is already paying dividends with special operations forces working not only in Europe, but Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.


Improving Responsiveness

Going forward the organization must demonstrate improved responsiveness and readiness for NATO forces to be able to respond to any threat, he said.

NATO special operators are active in reassuring NATO allies that border Russia, Webb said. “It needs to be preventative and it needs to be persistent,” he added.

The headquarters also is involved in increasing NATO responsiveness, Webb said. The alliance, he said, must respond in days or weeks, not weeks and months.

“Viewing the aggressive actions we see along the Eastern front,” he said, “you need a force that is in place that can receive and marshal forces … going forward.”

NATO special operations forces need to be in front “to be able to look at this asymmetric, hybrid challenge that we’re up against, and be in place in case we’re ever called for to provide situational awareness that would be used for any NATO response,” Webb said.


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5. Baltics: NATO's Quadrupled Warplane Threat At Russian Border

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:53 pm ((PST))

http://www.aco.nato.int/enhanced-nato-air-policing-patrols-baltic-airspace.aspx


North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
January 30, 2015


Enhanced NATO Air Policing Patrols Baltic Airspace

Fighter aircraft from Italy, Poland, Spain and Belgium took over NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission on January 1, 2015 and will continue to patrol the skies over Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia with a total of sixteen aircraft over the next several months. NATO has quadrupled the number of NATO fighter jets monitoring the airspace over the Baltic states since early 2014. This is one of several...measures taken by NATO in response to the security challenges posed by Russia's recent destabilising actions...in Eastern Europe.

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Preserving the integrity of NATO airspace is a collective task. For member nations not having the full range of Air Defence assets in their own militaries (Albania, Luxembourg, Iceland, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia), agreements exist to ensure a single standard of security within NATO's Area of Responsibility.

The air policing mission above the Baltic States illustrates the ability of the Alliance to share and pool existing capabilities. It started in April 2004 and has been executed continuously ever since. So far, 14 NATO nations have participated in this mission. This is an important confidence building measure to demonstrate the Alliance solidarity and resolve not only to current members, but also to our partners and future potential members. Air Policing has been, and remains, the cornerstone of Alliance solidarity and cohesion.

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Currently the Italian Air Force is leading the Baltic Air Policing mission operating out of Siauliai airbase in Lithuania. It is the first deployment for Italy to the Baltic mission and that makes Italy the first Ally to participate in all NATO's interim air policing activities conducted over Albania, Slovenia, Iceland and now the three Baltic States.

"We are proud to conduct this important mission," said the Italian detachment commander, Colonel Marco Bertoli. "The Baltic Air Policing Mission is very exciting because we don't know what to expect until after we are scrambled. Our mission is to intercept and identify an unknown aircraft and report our findings back to the NATO chain of command through the Combined Air Operation Centre in Uedem (Germany)," he added.

 Story by: SHAPE Public Affairs Office.


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6. Nuland Demands NATO Shore Up Military Iron Curtain Along Russia's Fl

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:34 pm ((PST))

http://www.stripes.com/news/europe/nato-2014-was-a-black-year-for-european-security-1.326745


Stars and Stripes
January 30, 2015

NATO: 2014 was a 'black year' for European security
 By John Vandiver


STUTTGART, Germany: If 2014 was a “black year” for European security, the year ahead will test NATO’s ability to respond to new challenges in its own back yard, the alliance’s top official said Friday.

“2014 was not a good year for European security. In fact, it was a black year,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference in Brussels following the release of the organization’s 2014 annual report. “So our security environment has fundamentally changed.”

Going forward, NATO will be focused on a series of new measures, including a continuous presence in a series of eastern European countries, to respond to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as well as growing concerns about Islamic radicalism along NATO’s southern flank, Stoltenberg said.

The first order of business comes next week when NATO defense ministers meet for two days of talks at the 28-nation alliance’s Brussels headquarters. They are expected to make decisions on a new “Readiness Action Plan” that calls for the formation of a rapid reaction force expected to involve several thousand NATO troops.

“We will also decide on the size and the composition of our new Spearhead Force,” Stoltenberg said. “And setting up NATO command and control units in six of our eastern allies. “This will be the biggest reinforcement of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War.”

Small teams will deploy to Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Bulgaria as part of a command and control unit, which will operate in support of the new spearhead force, Stoltenberg said.

"[T]he crisis in Ukraine has breathed new life into the Cold War alliance, which has been ramping up its presence in eastern Europe as part of an effort to reassure allies along Russia’s periphery who have been rattled by Russia’s actions.

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On Tuesday, the U.S.’s top diplomat for European affairs, Victoria Nuland, called on allies to expedite the installation of new command and control posts in eastern Europe, underscoring the sense of urgency that has emerged within Europe.

“We must install command and control centers in all six frontline states,” said Nuland, a U.S. undersecretary of state, during a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “NATO is a defensive alliance. Our goal is deterrence of aggression. But if that fails, we have to be ready.”


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7. Heading for War with Russia?

    Posted by: "Rick Rozoff" rwrozoff at yahoo.com rwrozoff
    Date: Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:34 pm ((PST))


StephenLendman Blog
January 30, 2015

Heading for War with Russia?by
Stephen Lendman

Ukraine is the epicenter of possible European war. Ongoing events should scare everyone. Kiev’s war on Donbas rages. Area freedom fighters continue routing its military. It’s desperate for more Western support. Wanting greater numbers of US-led NATO boots on the ground than are already involved in fighting. Three recent regime false flags didn’t achieve Kiev’s objective. Perhaps something major is planned. A Kiev 9/11. Big enough to embroil Europe in war. Meaning East/West confrontation. America v. Russia. Possible nuclear war. It bears repeating what previous articles stressed. Today is the most perilous time in world history. Thursday Stop NATO reports are disturbing. “US Army Trains for New War in Europe,” reported editor Rick Rozoff. Exercise Allied Spirit I involves America, Britain, Canada, Hungary and the Netherlands. Continuing through January 31. “(D)esigned to provide multinational interoperability training at brigade and battalion levels to enhance US and (NATO’s) effectiveness.” In other words, prepare for potential war with Russia. According to US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) commander General David Perkins: America’s military is responsible for “synchronizing and delivering national power (to) seize, retain and exploit the initiative and maintain relative advantage over all enemies.” Prepare for an eventual US/Russia military showdown if current political and economic war fails to achieve Washington’s objective. Namely, turning Russia into another US colony. Eliminating a major rival. Controlling its resources. Exploiting its people. Part of America’s strategy for unchallenged global dominance. Waging permanent wars to achieve it. Ongoing in Europe’s heartland. Kiev’s war on Donbas rages. Threatens to become much more than civil war. “NATO Backs Ukraine Client in 290-Day War: Stoltenberg,” headlined Stop NATO. Secretary-General Stoltenberg is a convenient US-controlled front man. NATO’s number two is number one. Its eminence grise. Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow runs things. A former Assistant Defense Secretary for International Security Affairs. Clinton’s National Security Council European Affairs director. A former US ambassador to Russia. Calling Moscow “more an enemy than partner.” Intends NATO measures to counter nonexistent Russian aggression. Including stepped up US military presence near its border. America’s dirty hands risk the unthinkable. War with Russia means all bets are off. Supporting Kiev’s war on Donbas increases the possibility. On Thursday, Stoltenberg met with Ukraine’s illegitimate foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Expressed concern about nonexistent “support of Russia to the separatists.” Telling Klimkin “we will continue to support you, and we will work with you, with strong support to the independence and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.” Saying NATO “support(s) all efforts (for) a peaceful solution based on the Minsk agreements.” While systematically violating them. Arming, funding and training Kiev’s military. Participating in its war on Donbas. Disingenuously talking peace. Waging dirty war without mercy. Showing no signs of ending. Heading for potentially much greater conflict than already. Ukraine is effectively bankrupt. Its economy deeply in tatters. Outside aid alone keeps it from disintegrating. Whether enough remains to be seen. At the same time, military spending increases. So-called defense is the only sector of Ukraine’s economy showing growth. Illegitimate oligarch president Poroshenko said “(t)his year we plan to increase strength of the armed forces of Ukraine up to 250,000 people.” In other words, preparing for greater conflict. Backed by US-dominated NATO. Risking far greater war than already. “NATO Trains Very High Readiness Joint Task Force For War With Russia,” reported Stop NATO. Consisting of land, air, sea and “special operations” as needed. (A)ble to deploy within a few days to respond to any challenges that may arise on NATO’s flanks.” Code language for possible war on Russia? It remains to be seen. US-dominated NATO policy heads dangerously in this direction. Obama wants congressional authorization for unconstrained war. On the phony pretext of combating IS. Syria, Iran, Donbas freedom fighters and Russia the real targets. With lunatics running things in Washington, expect continued wars without end ahead. Michel Chossudovsky new book titled “The Globalization of War: America’s ‘Long War’ against Humanity” is essential reading. Visit Global Research.ca for special offer pre-order information. In his preface, Chossudovsky calls the “globalization of war” a “hegemonic project.” Like nothing in human history preceding it. “Major military and covert intelligence operations are (ongoing) in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East,” Chossudovsky explains. Combining “major theater operations (and) covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states.” US-dominated NATO partnered with Israel coordinate global conflicts “at the highest levels of (Western) military hierarchy.” Political and economic wars accompany them. At stake is humanity’s survival. It’s very much up for grabs. Challenging Russia irresponsibly risks crossing an unthinkable red line. Risking potential military confrontation. On December 4, US House members barely stopped short of declaring war on Russia. Overwhelmingly passing a non-binding resolution. Signaling hostile US intentions. Former Congressman Denis Kucinich said at the time: “NATO encirclement, the US-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border, a US nuclear first-strike policy, are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy.” Heading things dangerously toward open confrontation. The unthinkable. Possible nuclear war. Last May, Senate members introduced S. 2277: Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014. Its full title is “(a) bill to prevent Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” Senator Bob Corker (R. TN) introduced it with 26 Republican co-sponsors. Senate Foreign Relations Committee members considered it. No action was taken so far. Perhaps in the new Congress. Obama as anti-Russian as congressional hawks. Fascists making policy. Proposed legislation provides “major non-NATO ally status for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova for purposes of the transfer or possible transfer of defense articles or defense services.” Effectively incorporating these countries into NATO. Making its killing machine more formidable. Letting Washington establish bases on Russia’s border. Challenging Moscow irresponsibly. Risking direct East/West confrontation. Ongoing events risk the worst possible outcome. Chossudovsky is clear and unequivocal saying “America’s s global military design has been one of world conquest.” “War and globalization are intricately related. Militarization supports powerful economic interests.” “America’s ‘Long War’ is geared towards worldwide corporate expansion and the conquest of new economic frontiers.” US-dominated NATO partnered with Israel and other rogue states comprise “a formidable military force, deployed in all major regions of the World.” Targeting all independent countries for regime change. Including Russia, China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Hezbollah in Lebanon and others. Potential US-instigated nuclear war threatens humanity’s survival. MSM propaganda increases the possibility. So does public indifference. Anti-war activism is absent. More than ever needed to stop America’s hegemonic madness. Its “long war” rages. No end in sight looms. Either we find a way to end it or it’ll end us. A Final Comment On Thursday, EU foreign ministers met in Brussels. Extended economic/financial sanctions on Russia through September. Agreed to consider additional ones. To be decided when ministers meet on February 9. A statement issued lied. Blaming Russia for “continued and growing” support for Donbas rebels. Saying Moscow shares “responsibility” for escalated conflict. Russia and Donbas freedom fighters are consistently blamed for Kiev’s crimes. Greece’s new government expressed phony rhetorical opposition to renewed sanctions. Its Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias approved them. Brussels unity was required to do so. “We are not the bad boy,” Kotzias maintained. Saying one thing. Doing another shows what ordinary Greeks can expect from its new government. A previous article called it business as usual wrapped in populist rhetoric. Betrayal after promising real change. Moscow’s EU ambassador Vladimir Chizhov commented saying: “By acting in such a narrow-minded way, the EU in essence is subjecting to additional tests our partnership – the partnership between Russia and the European Union, which is regrettable.” “(B)esides selective assessments of these or those events, sweeping criticism of Russia is the dominating element.” “As if Russia, and not the Kiev authorities with the connivance of the EU, had unfolded the bloodbath in eastern Ukraine.” “The call for implementation of the Minsk agreements contrasts with statements heard in the past few days from the Ukrainian capital that they are no longer content with the Minsk agreements and it’s necessary to seek another format.” “But while these conversations can be heard, shelling of residential districts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Gorlovka continue.” EU foreign policy chief Federica “Mogherini, while summing up the meeting on Thursday, selected three components in the EU’s reaction to deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine. Unfortunately, all three are wrong.” On Thursday, Putin said Russia “must overcome the pressure of external factors by means of strengthening its economic and financial sovereignty.” “The current period is not easy,” he explained. “(B)ut nothing unexpected has happened. The crisis developments were expected.” Russia won’t surrender its political and economic sovereignty. Putin promised new measures for “additional stability against external shocks…” Including “diversification, the growth of non-energy, high technology, agriculture, and the national financial and banking sector.” At the same time, he intends confronting major Western challenges diplomatically. Given America’s rage for regime change, he’ll need tough-minded policies with teeth. The only thing US lunatics running things understand. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen at sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.



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