WW4 File/Communist Bloc Military Updates: New Cold War in Europe: Pentagon reviews potential response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, considers pre-positioning of heavy armor in Baltic states, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, including 250 Abrams M1 MBTs, 750 IFVs; Polish DM: “We have been working for a while on increasing the American military presence in Poland and across the eastern flank of Nato”; Lithuanian DM: Vilnius “working to facilitate the deployment and stationing of heavy US equipment – and we are willing to donate our military infrastructure to house it”; Kremlin declines comment but Russian Gen. Yuri Yakubov condemns “most aggressive step by the Pentagon and Nato” since end of Cold War, “Russia would be left with no other option but to boost its troops and forces on the western flank [i.e., Kaliningrad, Belarus]; Russian, Belarusian armed forces prep for Union Shield 2015 drill Sept. 10-16, Belarus to buy 12 Russian-made Mi-8MTV-5 helo troop transports; Polish MEP reminds West: NATO cannot trust Belarusian dictator, Lukashenko may spout pro-Kiev line, but locked in political union, military pact with Russia; Russian, Red Chinese navies to hold combined maneuvers in Sea of Japan in Aug., follows joint drill in Med. Sea in May
June 16, 2015
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I don’t agree that the Cold War is back. It has never ended. Any normal Russian person in the 1990s didn’t see anything from the West except insults and humiliation.
— Andrei Lugovoy, Soviet KGB 9th Directorate (Protection Service), Russian Federal Protective Service, State Duma Deputy (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), prime suspect in 2006 radioactive poisoning death of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko (link)
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