WW4 File: Kremlin, NATO prepare for war in Europe: N. Atlantic Alliance reportedly matching deployment of 330,000 Russian troops along country’s W. borders (previously posted), Stoltenberg: Alliance armies on “high alert,” says “We are responding with the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War”; UK’s outgoing NATO rep Sir Adam Thomson says alliance aims to find ways to mobilize 300,000 troops within 2 months, rather than “typical time of 6 months”; Russians speak of “new Cold War” with USA, Dep. FM Ryabkov: “I hope [Americans] will have enough common sense not to strike. . . . We must have enough military might and a parity, including the nuclear field”; Russian, Belarusian, Serbian armies carry out week-long Slavic Brotherhood 2016 drill near Belgrade, more than 700 troops use Il-76 strategic airlifters, Mi-8 and Mi-17 helos, IFVs, APCs; follows last week’s NATO emergency disaster exercise in neighboring NATO aspirant Montenegro; Kremlin coordinated massive civil defense drill 4 weeks ago, exercises mobilized 40 million citizens, 200,000 ERs, 50,000 vehicles, Putin reinstituted Soviet-era annual CD in 2012; Montenegro’s chief special prosecutor maintains 2 Russian nationals masterminded Oct. 16 election day plot to hire sharpshooter, assassinate ex-PM Djukanovic, storm parliament, stage pro-Moscow coup, no evidence Kremlin itself involved, 14 Serbians, Montenegrins remain in custody
November 7, 2016
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Syria. Ukraine. Russian meddling in the Baltics and Balkans. All major irritants in East-West relations. A lame-duck presidency in the USA, or possible post-election chaos, would provide Putin with an excellent opportunity to expand his neo-Soviet empire.
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