no end to pindonazi pettiness

San Francisco cites Russian diplomats over mystery smoke
AP, Sep 12 2017

Black smoke rises from the roof, Sep 1 2017 (Photo: Eric Risberg/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s air board has cited Russian diplomats after smoke from fires wafted out of a consulate that was ordered shut by the State Dept earlier this month. Spox for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District says her agency mailed the citation Tuesday involving the now-closed Russian consulate. The State Dept ordered the Russian consulate shuttered in an ongoing diplomatic dispute. Smoke poured out of the consulate’s chimney on Sep 1 as Russian diplomats packed to leave. The Russians refused assistance from firefighters. The air board spox says the diplomats were cited for burning garbage, which is illegal year-round in San Francisco. Fasano says inspectors do not know what material was burned. Calls to the Russian Embassy in Faschingstein for comment went unanswered after hours.

NATO launches war games in advance of Russian exercise
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Sep 13 2017

Pindostan and its NATO vassals have launched a series of war games in advance of a major military exercise by Russia and Belarus scheduled to begin later this week. The dueling war games are unfolding under conditions in which relations between Washington and Moscow are more tense than at any time since the height of the Cold War. They follow the imposition of unilateral US sanctions against Russia, a round of tit-for-tat expulsions of Russian and pindo boxtops initiated by Faschingstein and an unrelenting propaganda campaign alleging Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Military forces from Pindostan and a number of NATO vassals joined the Ukrainian army for military exercises dubbed “Rapid Trident,” which runs Sep 11-23 involving 2,500 troops in the western Ukrainian city of Yavoriv. Faschingstein has steadily increased its support to the right-wing nationalist regime brought to power by a pindo-backed and fascist-spearheaded coup in February 2014. Last month, Mad Dog Mattis traveled to Kiev, where he signaled his support for providing the country with lethal weapons. Pindostan and NATO have invoked Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, which came in response to a referendum expressing overwhelming support for the militarily strategic territory’s return to Russia, and the revolt by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region as manifestations of Russian aggression, justifying the pindo-led military build-up in the region. This has included NATO’s deployment last May of four “multinational battlegroups” consisting of over 1,000 combat troops each in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, led by Britain, Canada, Germany and Pindostan respectively. This has been accompanied by the organization of a 40,000-troop rapid reaction force and a steady military buildup in the Black Sea region. Pindostan recently sent seven more advanced fighter planes to Lithuania to beef up its military presence during the Russian military exercise, along with an additional 600 airborne troops. For the first time since 2014, the Pentagon has taken command of NATO’s air operations in the Baltics.

Meanwhile, another NATO military exercise, “Steadfast Pyramid,” runs Sep 10-15 in Latvia, involving 40 senior commanders from NATO vassal states along with Finland and Sweden. NATO issued an opaque description of the exercise, declaring that it was focused on “further developing the abilities of commanders and senior staff to plan and conduct operations through the application of operational art in decision-making.” A second stage of the war games, known as “Steadfast Pinnacle,” is to last from Sep 17-22. In addition to these pindo-NATO actions, pindo and French troops are participating, along with units from Finland, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and Estonia, in the largest Swedish military exercises to be held in 20 years. These exercises, which run Sep 11-20, represent another show of force directed against Moscow. In an unmistakable sign of the sharp tensions roiling the region, Sweden has substantially increased its military budget, reinstituted conscription, and is debating joining NATO, an action that would break the country’s century-long tradition of neutrality. The pindo-NATO military buildup in both Ukraine and the Baltic republics, as well as the war games in Sweden, are clearly aimed in the first instance at countering the “Zapad 2017” joint exercises being staged by Russia and Belarus, which are set to begin on Thursday and continue through Sep 20. Moscow has said that only 12,700 troops will participate in the military exercise, but Western boxtops, echoing allegations by the right-wing nationalist regimes in Ukraine and the Baltics, have issued hysterical and unfounded statements predicting that some 100,000 will be involved, casting the maneuvers as a potential preparation for invasion. Typical was the reaction of Britain’s Defense Minister Fallon, who told the BBC:

This is the biggest exercise I think for four years, over 100,000 Russian and Belorussian troops now on NATO’s border. This is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong.

Such claims turn reality on its head. For the past quarter century, since the dissolution of the USSR, Pindostan and NATO have steadily advanced on Russia’s borders, seeking to militarily encircle the country, while orchestrating regime change operations aimed at installing pro-Western governments in various former Soviet republics. Its ultimate aim is the dismemberment of the Russian Federation and its transformation into a semi-colony. While there is nothing progressive about Moscow’s flexing of its military muscles, the fact is that Russia’s major troop mobilizations are taking place on its own territory, while under the banner of NATO, the Pentagon has deployed warplanes and paratroopers on Russia’s borders. The dueling war games in Eastern Europe constitute a serious warning. After sixteen years of uninterrupted and unsuccessful wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, pindo imperialism is increasingly shifting its focus toward preparation for military confrontation with its major geostrategic rivals, in particular Russia and China, threatening humanity with a nuclear WW3. The potential fuses to ignite such a powderkeg stretch from Syria to NK, the South China Sea and Ukraine and the Baltics. The simultaneous war games themselves hold the potential of inadvertently triggering a military confrontation. Joergen Elfving, a former Swedish army officer and Russian military expert, told Sweden’s SR International radio:

With two major exercises at the same time, there is always a risk for incidents. The Baltic Sea area will be filled with military activity more than usual for a very long time.

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