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Press TV has interviewed Mike Billington, from the Asia Desk of the Executive Intelligence Review in Leesburg, about Russia condemning NATO for granting membership to Montenegro.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: It is pretty much obvious that the NATO members will ratify the accession of Montenegro. What does it mean to have Montenegro as a member of NATO?
Billington: It is just one small step actually but the process has been going on since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is well-known, at the time Mr. and Mrs. LaRouche, my organization put forward the idea for a New Silk Road to connect Europe and Asia through Russia and thereby bringing Eastern Europe and Russia up economically into collaboration with us on the building of a common aims of mankind approach to the world, this was accepted by the Chinese but it was ..., the Russians were in a crisis stage at that point but the Europeans absolutely rejected it and instead chose to begin the process of moving NATO right up to Russia’s border, creating a new enemy image in the Russians and to primarily prevent the kind of proposal that the LaRouche has put forward which is uniting the Eurasian nations - Europe, Russia and China - around development.
This was seen as an enemy. This was seen as the threat to the power of the London, New York financial institutions and that has now come full swing. We are at a point where not only is NATO moving up to Russia’s border but we are watching the most massive deployment of military forces by Obama with the British running this show right up to the Russian border preparing for the World War III, this is recognized in Russia as a preparation for World War III, then Montenegro is just one next step in a long process which is escalating towards an explosion which could happen as early as this summer.
They are very, very upset not about Putin in Ukraine, as they say, but about Putin in Syria where he exposed the fact that the West was allied with the Saudis in funding and arming terrorists and Putin demonstrated you could defeat terrorism if you cut off the supply line from Obama’s friends in Saudi Arabia and Turkey and so forth and in the last week, by the way, Putin has intervened very forcefully into Asia and the Obama encirclement of China with military forces and the Philippines efforts to get ballistic missiles in Korea has been given a severe blow by the fact that Putin and Prime Minister Abe from Japan have established an extremely ambitious agreement for the development of the Russian Far East moving towards the settlement of the World War II territorial issues and pulling the plug on Obama’s use of Japan as a military ally, as they like to call it, against China.
And as you probably know Putin is hosting the Southeast Asian countries in Sochi again on the basis of what they call a strategic alliance for the common good and it is this idea of a common good against the geopolitics of the British and the Americans, the bloc mentality, the alliance’s mentality. No, let’s build the world jointly. This is what is seen as the enemy to the Obama, British war machine is to stop this emergence of the BRICS, the New International Development Banks that they are putting together and to effectively enforce a breakdown policy.
NATO Prepares For War With Russia As If Inevitable
WARSAW — In the Baltic nations, Scandinavia, and across Eastern Europe, the question is no longer if there will be war with Russia, but when.
Since its intervention in Ukraine two years ago, Moscow hasn’t missed an opportunity to provoke its neighbors and escalate tensions. It has repeatedly violated the airspace shared by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and amassed troops on its western border. Russia has also deepened its cyber warfare campaign by intensifying its hacking, propaganda, and disinformation activities. Estonia alone saw a 200% increase in such attacks since last year.
“We are at war, a hybrid war, the last step before the shooting begins,” said a high-ranking official at Multinational Corps Northeast, NATO’s base in Szczecin in western Poland. “But we are ready.”
At the 2014 NATO summit in Wales, the alliance began closing the enormous gap between its slow reaction time — an estimated 30 days to mobilize forces — and Russia’s ability to swiftly mount an attack. A report published in February this year by the RAND corporation, a security think tank, alarmed NATO officials by noting that Moscow could seize the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in just 60 hours.
The alliance is only just now realizing how urgent this renewed threat from Russia is.
Polish President Andrzej Duda recently inaugurated construction of an American missile defense base in the northern town of Redzikowo, with another base under construction in Deveselu in southern Romania.
Less than two months before this year’s NATO summit in Warsaw, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz is maneuvring to definitively shift the alliance’s focus to the Russian border. For him, the presence of Iskander-class ballistic missiles in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave wedged between Poland and the Baltic states, is not a coincidence. “Moscow could destroy Lithuania in a second, but it could also target Berlin,” he said.
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski put it bluntly recently: “We saw what happened in Chechnya, Georgia, and Ukraine, so what are we waiting for?”
According to an analyst at a Polish military base, the threat posed by the Iskanders is twofold: “They're short-range missiles so they’re difficult to intercept, but they can still reach half of Europe.”
The request by Eastern European members to permanently deploy NATO troops on the Russian border would significantly worsen already sour ties with Moscow. Macierewicz and his regional counterparts believe such a move could act to deter Russian attacks.
Standing up to Moscow
The alliance is establishing a defensive architecture with a specific chain of command and a rapid response time to counter a potential Russian invasion.
“NATO and its member states are increasing the number of military exercises and air policing missions, but reaction times are crucial in case of aggression,” said the tactical chief at NATO’s headquarters in Poland. “Before Ukraine, our response time was 30 days but now it’s 48 hours and we created new force integration units to respond quicker and deter any attack.”
If Russian troops crossed the border today, 900 NATO soldiers and 400 tanks would deploy within two days, joined by a further 5,600 troops within the next two weeks.
“I’ve never seen so many Russian military exercises and provocations at the same time, they’re meant to test our readiness,” said this source. “This is unconventional warfare that seeks to divide and destabilize, but our mission is to show [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that we’re ready to react, and we are.”
At the Polish Air Force base of Lask, home to 16 of the force’s 48 F-16 jet fighters, pilots often encounter their Russian colleagues illegally flying into Polish airspace. “We had 18 close encounters in two weeks, the last one was with a Sukhoi Su-27,” said one pilot. “The Russian pilot smiled at me from the cockpit and inclined his plane to show me how many bombs he was carrying, and he had lots of them.”
Besides the sky, there are other fronts in this new hybrid war between Russia and the West. At the Joint Force Training Center in the northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz, soldiers from 20 countries train using war simulators, including commercially available video games, to recognize potential “signs” of hidden enemy soldiers, including foreign accents and clothing.
“This is a hybrid war fought with propaganda and manipulation of public opinion, it’s information and cyber warfare,” says an official at the Center. “Moscow’s strategy is to divide NATO with continuous provocations by infiltrating and manipulating ethnic Russians in Europe and sowing disorder to demonstrate that the EU and NATO are neither united nor efficient.”
At NATO’s bases in Poland and Eastern Europe, soldiers and officials are being trained in the art of cyber warfare and counter-propaganda.
“Hybrid warfare isn’t only soldiers posing as little green men in Crimea, it’s also fake Facebook profiles and fictitious online newspapers that spread (bogus) content that’s later picked up by credible publications,” said one official at the Center. “And in a hybrid war, words can be very dangerous indeed."
WW3 Scenario: Russia Prepares For NATO Attack
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Tensions across the globe are running high as Russia, China and the United States particularly have been butting heads in different regions. As a number of global powers continually put Russia as the “aggressor,” it appears that the country is also not watching by idly as new reports suggest that Moscow is ready for war. Will things turn for the worse?
NATO to Wage War Against Russia?
NATO members met at a summit in Brussels and while concern about Afghanistan and Iraq is the main agenda, the icing on the cake is Russia. NATO discussed “measures against Russia” which emphasizes the rising tensions between the world powers and Russia.
“We have already decided to enhance our forward presence in the eastern part of our alliance. Our military planners have put forward proposals of several battalions in different countries in the region. No decision has been taken on the numbers and locations,” RT quoted NATO figurehead secretary Jens Stoltenberg. Given the Aegis Ashore system deployment in Romania and other one in Poland, things are changing.
According to RT, Russia knows that Aegis is not just a defensive move; rather, it is a serious game changer. It will de-localize US nuclear power to Eastern Europe. As some analysts predicted, Cold War is about to break loose and Russia is prepared
Russian military are gearing up the test of the first prototypes of the S-500 Prometey air and missile defense system otherwise called55R6M Triumfator M. The system can annihilate ICBMs, hypersonic cruise missiles and planes even at Mach 5 speeds. It can also detect and attack simultaneously against ten ballistic missile warheads at a range of 1300 km. In essence, Russia’s S-500 could destroy all NATO air power station across the Baltic States.
This is not the only thing that will be bugging the rest of the world as experts believe that global powers could have a go at each other in space. There has been an aggressive space race to which countries like Russia, United States and China are reportedly looking into militarizing technologies as well. Writing for global intelligence agency Statfor, senior military analyst Omar Lamrani claimed that global powers have been meaning to create and deploy anti-satellite weapons known as ASATs.
“The technology, which began to be developed during the Cold War, has become an area of intense competition for the world’s most capable militaries over the past decade,” he wrote.
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