Trump Fail: ‘Vicious circle’: Moscow warns NATO Black Sea buildup & increased spending may lead to new Cold War



‘Vicious circle’: Moscow warns NATO Black Sea buildup & increased spending may lead to new Cold War

Moscow will take “all necessary measures” to protect its national interests in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to NATO has said, warning the alliance risks ushering in a vicious new Cold War with its significant spending and military build up in the region.

Part of the strategy adopted at the meeting was to increase NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea to complement its “regional posture in the air and on land.”

“We will have increased presence in the Black Sea, but it will be measured, it will be defensive and it will in no way aim at provoking any conflict or escalating tensions, but it is one element in a broader adaptation of NATO defense and deterrence to a more demanding and challenging security environment including in the Black Sea region,” Stoltenberg said answering a question from a reporter from St. Petersburg.

Responding to the latest move of the military bloc’s expansionist strategy, the Russian envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, said Moscow would carefully analyze the developments and issue an appropriate response.

“All these decisions will be subject of thorough analysis… And, undoubtedly, we will take all necessary measures to properly safeguard Russia’s national interests in this region,” Grushko said.

In addition to the Black Sea buildup, the Russian envoy also warned that the agreed increase of contributions to NATO’s budget might lead to a new arms race.

Speaking on Thursday Stoltenberg stressed that NATO’s continuous adaptation to security requirements required a “fairer burden-sharing among Allies,” something which the US has been insisting on. He noted that defense spending in 2016 increased in real terms by 3.8 percent.

On Wednesday, US Defense Secretary James Mattis once again stressed the need for the allies to contribute 2 percent of their GDP to NATO’s goals. In 2014, NATO members reaffirmed their commitment to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense and 20 percent of that amount “on major new equipment, including related research and development.”

“The danger lies in the fact that [NATO] is expected to increase not only the spending but also significantly increase the purchase of arms,” Grushko noted. “If these plans will be implemented, we may find ourselves in the situation of a Cold War, when the military planning, aimed at countering a ‘large enemy’ would generate respective policies.”

Right now, the envoy warned, NATO is in danger of being stuck in a “vicious circle” of an arms buildup “from which it will be very difficult to get out.”

The history of the Cold War, Grushko noted, should have taught the alliance that military planning and policies on their side always triggered a response from the Soviet Union, until confrontation between the two blocks “led to a situation where it became clear that the price of peace in the Cold War turned out to be unsustainable for everyone.”

Moscow cannot view NATO as a potential partner until European states figure out where their true national and security interests lie, the envoy noted.

“While NATO maintains its stance not to cooperate with Russia, adopted at the summit in Warsaw, we cannot view the Alliance as a potential partner,” Grushko said, warning that Moscow may soon lose interest in pursuing contacts if the alliance “does not promote the restoration of bilateral cooperation.”

On 1 April 2014, NATO unanimously decided to suspend practical co-operation with the Russian Federation, in response to the Ukraine crisis. It then renewed this position last summer during the Warsaw summit.

In Warsaw, NATO members also agreed to boost its NATO presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region to levels not seen since the Cold War – posting four rotating multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

In January, 2,800 pieces of US military hardware, including Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles, and 4,000 troops arrived in Europe as part of the operation. Just last week, the alliance concluded their Sea Shield 2017 naval drills with the participation of seven NATO member states and Ukraine in the Black Sea.

Earlier on Thursday, addressing FSB officials, President Vladimir Putin accused NATO of meddling in Russian affairs and trying to provoke a conflict. NATO with its “newly-declared official mission to deter Russia” poses a threat to global security, Putin said.

Putin: NATO keeps trying to draw Russia into confrontation, meddle in internal affairs

“This is the goal behind the expansion of this military bloc. It happened before, but now they have found a new justification which they believe to be serious,” the president added.

“They are provoking us constantly and are trying to draw us into confrontation,” the Russian leader stated, adding that NATO states are continuing their attempts to “interfere in our internal affairs in a bid to destabilize the social and political situation in Russia itself.”

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  1. We live in an age where aggression is seen as defense.
    Truth are lies
    War is peace
    Ignorance is strength
    Freedom is slavery
    Orwell rolls in his grave.
    Since the Brexit vote, the rest of Europe threatens to repeat the decision and cast out the EU as it stands today. With it, may go NATO as well. Hopefully LePenn and Merkel’s successor as well as others within the European nations will get wise to who and why NATO is trying to start another war, one that nobody in Europe wants on their doorstep.
    The people of Europe have had enough of the RKM’s blood letting.
    The only city that should be bombed is the COL.
    Whom the god’s wish to destroy, they first make mad.

  2. If all scientists, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, etc. would boycott any government or industrial jobs aiding the arms race, this would be a step in the right direction and make it more difficult for the advocates of wars to accomplish their goals. This is especially true for those at the Ph.D. Levels. I had two offers from industry at the time I first completed the Ph.D. which I declined and I have avoided any such jobs in my life. Unfortunately most of these people have no conscience and do not think about the consequences of what they are doing to aid the military development of the world and its impending destruction. Most people will do anything for money without regard for the consequences to the earth or any of the population of the earth. This is the problem we all face today. Frankly we would all be better off if government stopped funding so many military research programs especially with borrowed and printed money.

    • That’s an idea that has come of age. yes, all these people just don’t show up for work at the armaments factories or weapons research labs.
      I’d like to offer that parents don’t let their children enlist in the military.
      Boycott, divest and sanction.

  3. “Jens Stoltenberg outlined the new steps the alliance has taken to counter so-called ‘Russian aggression.’”

    Again, I wish someone, anyone, would ask these stooges what “Russian aggression” are they referrring to? Because as far as I can tell, Russia has not done a damn thing to America that justifies their claims of “Russian aggression”. Any fool can see that America and NATO are the aggressors here. What would America do if Russian decided to park ships off the cost of Florida to counter American aggression, or what if they built up troops in Canada and Mexico? I’ll tell you what America would do, they would unleash hell on earth. It would literally be the end of the world. Yet the USG and NATO does exactly this to Russia and Russia is the aggressor? Give me a break, it doesn’t even make sense. These people who suggest these things are pure evil and those who believe them are too stupid for words to describe. If Russia was the aggressor, we’d already be dead. Their patience is the only reason the world is not already engulfed by the flames of WW3…

    • Amelius: There is no logic, no discussion, no agreement when dealing with a super power. Logic and common sense is left to the spectators like we, that don’t have say in the development of events. Most people are narcotized by MSM, daily needs and deceived by wrong preachers, until the time comes to run for shelter, no prep time is left, in 30′ those on top of the American plateau of ignorance would be close or directly in an Hiroshima rubble and radiation that no place on Earth has ever seen. Those that sheeply marched for Donald mistreating of women should be regretting for not including peace as a cause for marching. Elites pushing for NWO, probably believe that tunnels and bunkers may save their lives, very wrong indeed, nobody can permanently stay underground, air has to be clean and without radioactive particles unless don’t care about oncological damages. Following step by step the progress of events seem to has left a majority without foreboding sense of the ineluctable fate on sight.

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