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NATO Is Perilously Close to Russia's Borders - Not the Other Way Around

President of the Center for Citizen Initiative makes her own summary of the Warsaw Declaration

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Below is NATO’s proclaimed vision of its future operations as of July 9:

My comments:

<figcaption>Security at the recent NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland</figcaption>
Security at the recent NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland

•  Led by a few powerful forces, everything to create an enemy (Russia) has been done.

•  Russia has ZERO interest in taking in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

•  Russia did not seize Crimea, it carried out a referendum & 96% of Crimeans responded.

•  Russia did not invade Georgia; Georgia invaded South Ossetia where Russians were peace keepers. Russian troops chased the Georgians back into their country, then retreated.

•  Russia is not coming perilously close to NATO; NATO is perilously close to Russia’s borders.

•  Who is the aggressor and who is operating defensively to protect their country?

•  Why are Europeans becoming increasingly vocal against NATO’s Russia policy?

•  What can we do in the U.S. to open up the debate for a safer policy toward Russia?

Your suggestions, please.  Sharon


July 9, 2016

Factbox: Main Decisions of NATO's Warsaw Summit

WARSAW - NATO leaders held a summit in Warsaw on July 8-9. Here are the main decisions of the U.S.-led alliance's biennial meeting:    

  • NATO agreed to deploy military forces to the Baltic states and eastern Poland from January 2017 to deter Russia, a response to Moscow's 2014 seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The four battalions totaling between 3,000 and 4,000 troops will be led by Britain in Estonia, the United States in Poland, Canada in Latvia and Germany in Lithuania.
  •  NATO took command of a U.S.-built missile shield in Europe to defend against ballistic missiles from Iran.
  • NATO allies agreed to help fund Afghan security forces between 2018 and 2020 with around $1 billion annually. NATO countries will also keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016 to train Afghan forces.
  •  NATO leaders agreed to provide support for the European Union's military mission off the Libyan coast to crack down on smugglers. NATO may provide vessels, surveillance aircraft and radars to help uphold a U.N. arms embargo, although details are still being worked out.
  •  NATO and the European Union signed a cooperation pact aimed at overcoming years of mutual suspicion to work together in areas ranging from maritime patrols to preventing possible Russian cyber attacks.
  •  NATO leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and offered further support to help Kiev modernize its armed forces.
  •  Britain's outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron said he would hold a parliamentary vote on July 18 to decide on the renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent.
  •  NATO reaffirmed its commitment to a mixture of conventional and nuclear forces, indirectly warning Russia that the alliance's capabilities were far greater than those of any adversary.

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