WW4 File: Gorbachev: NATO ready to “declare war” on Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry issues menacing response to NATO troop deployments in Poland, Baltics: “In a crisis, we will destroy exactly these weapons. Russia will never again fight on its own territory. The help offered by NATO is not symbolic help for the Baltic states. It is a provocation. If NATO initiates an encroachment – against a nuclear power like ourselves – it will be punished”; Putin shakes up Russian Navy in Stalin-like purge, sacks entire officer corps of Baltic Fleet in late June, apparently follows officers’ refusal to ramp up aggressive encounters with Western warplanes, warships, 2 vice-admirals appointed to rebuild command structure; Kremlin offers carrot, envoy to NATO says military planes will fly over Baltic Sea with transponders engaged if Western alliance aircraft do same; Russia increases security, resumes construction at bases in Kaliningrad, requires special permits for foreigners visiting Baltic exclave; NATO intel says Kaliningrad air defenses part of Kremlin’s anti-access/area denial strategy for region, deployment of Iskander-M missiles expected within next 24-36 months; Kaliningrad’s Pionersky Radar Station became operational in 2014, can scan all of Europe, provide early warning of air attack; Russia to build new “Sunflower” radar station in occupied Crimea, monitor NATO ships passing through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait
July 14, 2016
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Nato has begun preparations for escalating from the Cold War into a hot one. All the rhetoric in Warsaw [site of July 8-9 NATO summit] just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defence, but actually they are preparing for offensive operations.
— Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, 1990-1991; General Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
The message was very clear. There is no reason for NATO to do what it is doing … The direction in which NATO is moving in military terms is very worrisome. It takes us back to the Cold War
— Alexander Grushko, Russian ambassador to NATO
The Kremlin’s long-standing displeasure over NATO’s expansion into the former Soviet Bloc/republics has never been clearer. Let’s hope Obama, Clinton, Trump and the Pentagon incorporate these warnings into their foreign policy and military strategy. The neo-Soviet Bear has roared. Is the West listening?
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