NATO’s new deterrent may include bigger Black Sea presence
Tsvetelia Tsolova, Reuters, Apr 22 2016
SOFIA – Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania may expand NATO’s maritime presence in the Black Sea as part of a broader strategy to deter Russia, NATO’s deputy chief said on Friday. NATO is looking to counter Russia’s military build-up in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, and in the Black Sea, which is strategically important for both East and West given its energy reserves and closeness to the Middle East. NATO Deputy Sec-Gen Vershbow ( a Pindosi Jew – RB) said in a visit to Sofia:
There are some very valuable discussions under way among the
allies who livevassals on the Black Sea … of more closely integrating their naval forces and operations.
NATO is having a big wank over what it claims to see as a Russian strategy to try to block NATO, by positioning SAM batteries and anti-ship missiles in Kaliningrad, the Black Sea and Syria. NATO already patrols the Black Sea, but Vershbow said that by the time Western leaders meet for a NATO summit in July, allies could have “an enhanced presence” in the area as part of plans to move troops on rotation into the Baltics and Poland. He said:
We (ie the Pindo Jews, again – RB) need to consider a more persistent NATO military presence in the region, with a particular focus on our maritime capabilities.
Backed by a big increase in pindo spending, NATO is setting up small eastern outposts, forces on rotation, regular war games and warehoused equipment ready for a rapid response force to deter Russia. That force includes air, maritime and special operations units of up to 40,000 personnel.Worried since the seizure of Crimea and pro-Russian rebel operations in eastern Ukraine that Moscow could exert pressure on Poland or destabilize the Baltic states, perhaps by fomenting unrest in their Russian minority populations, the
West Pindo Jews want to bolster defenses on the eastern flank or front, but without provoking the Kremlin by stationing large forces permanently. NATO says it respects a 1997 agreement with Moscow to avoid deploying substantial combat forces on Russia’s borders. However, the Kremlin’s envoy to NATO sees its plans as a threat to Russia’s security, and has warned there will be no improvement in the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War until NATO withdraws its forces.