Moscow presses demands to block Ukraine from NATO
[ Editor’s Note: Congress is in recess, so we have a decrease in war hype blustering from there, leaving the Biden team to control the US narrative. Putin is maintaining his stance that NATO going after Ukraine would be a red line. What we may be seeing is his having calculated that now is the best time to hammer this issue out, one way or the other.
Despite all the US media hype on Russia/Ukraine to show how tough our Congresscritters are, the EU is going to have a lot to say about a final agreement, to protect its interests.
Now is not a good time for even a small war for the US, with the pandemic still rolling, and the weakened economies in Europe. The US has been cavalier over its threats to stop Russian gas sales to the EU, despite Germany having invested a bundle in the Nordstream 2 project.
But we now see new moves in the US to want to sell expensive natural gas to the EU when it does not have the LNG infrastructure to handle it, a decade long process to prepare. But the US politicians figure the US citizens are too stupid grasp any of that, so it is a no lose deal for them all to play Mr. Tough Guy.
Of course the military loves even moment of this, all the publicity and assurances of more spending coming its way.
The nursery school shelling news is fishy. Teachers got concussions but no children injured, (media would want their names and parents would have to be on video). In fact I doubt we will see any video on this despite knowing that everybody phone films these incidents to put them on social media.
Like so much in Ukraine, things done half-assed, this sure looks like a cheap fake to me… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 17, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists traded accusations of violating a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, a potential flash point as Western officials amplified claims that Russian forces were preparing for a possible attack on Ukraine.
Diplomatic efforts to avert a potential war were in motion on multiple fronts. In Moscow, Russia stood firm on its demands that Ukraine be blocked from future NATO membership. A written response by the Kremlin said U.S. rejection of Moscow’s terms could bring “the implementation of military-technical measures.”
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