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Bulgaria: Pentagon launches another military exercise in Black Sea region
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 20 2021

USAF in Europe announced on Jul 20 that air force personnel from the US and Bulgaria are participating in the Falcon Defender 21 exercise at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in the latter country. The base is one of almost a dozen that the Pentagon and NATO have acquired in former Warsaw Pact nations since NATO expanded into Eastern Europe in 1999. The military bloc has incorporated 14 nations in the region altogether, almost doubling its membership from 16 to 30. The US deployed airmen from the Tennessee Air National Guard, which has a bilateral agreement with the Bulgarian armed forces under the US National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, and the 435th Contingency Response Group based at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The Ramstein Air Base, which hosts the headquarters for both USAF Europe and NATO’s Allied Air Command (which share a commander), is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest American military community outside the US. The USAF press release on the event described its purpose as to provide the opportunity for “US and Bulgarian forces conduct force protection and security forces … to build mutual capability and enhance our ability to rapidly deploy to remote locations,” and to enhance “overall coordination with allies and partner militaries during times of crisis.” Falcon Defender 21 is occurring simultaneously with or shortly following a series of US and NATO war games in the Black Sea region including:

So far this year the US has deployed six warships to the Black Sea, five of those guided-missile destroyers and cruisers capable of launching anti-ballistic missiles. The continuous and escalating presence of American and NATO military forces in the Black Sea where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is based is a provocative policy that may, as it almost did on Jun 23 with Britain’s destroyer Defender, trigger a military confrontation and a catastrophe.

Ukraine calls for further NATO buildup in Black Sea
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 20 2021

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishyna, reaffirmed the commitment that the very title of her position mandates: to prepare her nation, that is, to transform it beyond recognition, to qualify for a Membership Action Plan, the final step before full NATO accession. The military bloc’s preconditions are extensive and they are onerous: no part of a candidate nation’s internal affairs are left untampered with. The armed forces must be “professionalized,” meaning the concept of a conscript citizen army used for territorial defense must be replaced with an all-volunteer expeditionary force that can and will be deployed around the world on NATO missions. The defense sector, public and private; the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government; civil and intellectual copyright laws; the socio-cultural components of the educational system from elementary school through university; very little escapes the attention and the censure of harsh and unsparing taskmasters in Brussels. For example, Blinken of late has been threatening NATO candidate Georgia over how the nation’s parliament selects supreme court justices after weighing in on the results of last year’s presidential election. The Ukrainian official charged with her nation joining NATO and the EU (NATO first, EU second, as with the 11 Eastern European countries that have joined both since 1999), swore feudal fidelity in the submissive, craven fashion required of NATO aspirants in a video conference with Wendy Morton, Britain’s Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas. (There really is such a post.) In comments that in the past might have been communicated non-verbally by prostrating oneself or kissing a ring, the Ukrainian deputy prime minister said to her British overlord:

Ukraine is working to build a consensus within the Alliance on providing our country with a NATO Membership Action Plan, and it’s very important for us to feel the support of our partners along the way. Today, the efforts of our President, Government, and Parliament are united around Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, which allows for complex reforms in the security and defense sector, implementation of NATO standards, and work on the NATO Enhanced Opportunities Program.

In simpler terms, we will do everything you demand of us, blindly and unquestioningly, humble and obedient servants that we are. But even slaves are sometimes vain enough to boast to their masters about how indispensable they are. Stefanishyna was no exception. Dragging in, conjuring up the demonic Russian bogeyman, she portrayed it as “mounting military infrastructure in the Black Sea region amid the continued militarization of the temporarily occupied Crimea.” But never fear, like fairy tale giants and dragons it can be slain, for example by “the expansion of NATO’s presence in the Black Sea region.” That is, if there is a fearless and undaunted squire or groom or lickspittle eager to defend its master’s domain. She added:

Strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, joint exercises on land and at sea, as well as developing efforts to counter hybrid threats, will help strengthen NATO’s eastern flank.

You see, we are not only obsequious servants, we are also useful vassals and gatekeepers. Washington’s and Brussels’ Ukraine satrapy is eager to comply with “the ambitious reform agenda that is being implemented in Ukraine today on the path to Euro-Atlantic integration.” It relishes humiliating and debasing itself before its Western betters. Nothing is too burdensome, too shameful, too degrading. Just test our loyalty. The Ukrainian news report on the above exchange included a reminder that the nation’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, passed a law for the “corporatization of the country’s defense industry,” and work is being done on legislation on defense sector procurement processes and standards and on reform of the Security Service. By which is doubtlessly meant, in the first case, privatizing the nation’s defense industry and thus opening it up to penetration and absorption by Western arms manufacturers. What is euphemistically known as NATO weapons interoperability. When Ms Stefanishyna retires she’ll do so with a handsome retirement – appreciation – package. It may prove interesting to see where she retires to. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!”

Kremlin: Russian hypersonic missiles reaction to US missile shield near its borders
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 20 2021

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited by TASS on Jul 20 confirming that his nation’s development of hypersonic missiles (five or more times the speed of sound) is a direct response to the American (and NATO it should be added) interceptor missile system being deployed against his nation near its western borders. He was quoted warning:

If you remember, the president has repeatedly said that, unfortunately, we have observed a gradual dismantling of the entire document system of strategic security in the past decades and even over a longer period.

On Jun 9, TASS cited Putin stating American anti-ballistic missile interceptors based in Romania and Poland could strike Moscow in 15 minutes if a warhead was added to them; which, notwithstanding Western disclaimers not to do so, could be easily done. Russia has not been invited to inspect the missiles in Romania, for example. Paraphrasing the head of state, the TASS report disclosed the above threat is eminently practicable “because the missile defense launch systems stationed there can be used to carry out strikes as well.”

In 2012 the Pentagon installed an Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2), a Forward-Based X-Band Transportable surveillance radar in Kürecik, Turkey, which was transferred to NATO command as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach which also includes the SM-3 IIA interceptors in Romania. What the Russian government never mentions, however, is that the Barack Obama administration’s European Phased Adaptive Approach consists of more than what it is also referred to as: Aegis Ashore. The Aegis Combat System includes stationing SM-3s on warships. The US Navy has 62 destroyers and 22 cruisers equipped to carry and launch SM-3s, with more under development. Under NATO auspices the US bases four of the destroyers at the Naval Station Rota in Spain, with that number to be raised to six, for deployment in the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Four of the American Aegis destroyers and a cruiser have been sent to the Black Sea so far this year. In recapitulating the comments of the man he speaks for, Peskov stated:

What’s more, we have been confronted with certain steps by the US and NATO that have actually impaired the existing parity: this relates to creating ballistic missile defense positioning areas, deploying interceptor missile systems in Romania and other countries in the close vicinity to our borders. These are the systems that can also launch strike missiles. That is, all these steps have been taken to dismantle the exiting parity. This has required measures to ensure Russia’s security and guarantee the continuation of the existing parity. This is what has been done.

Anyone reminded of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 would be justified in making the connection. In a transparent effort to deflect attention and reverse the responsibility for the current crisis, as potentially dangerous as can be imagined, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has recently said:

Russia’s new hypersonic missiles could potentially lead to destabilization and pose a significant risk because they can carry a nuclear charge.

As though Russia had already based the missiles in Canada across Lake Erie from the US. The Russian Foreign Ministry has regularly warned that the land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Eastern Europe was a violation of existing agreements between the US and Russia and that the American launchers used for it could launch more than has been claimed they would or will.

Ukrainian conscripts kill kin to preserve monarchy in Europe
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 20 2021

Interfax-Ukraine reported that the Danish ambassador to Ukraine paid a two-day visit to the front line of his host country’s war in the Donbass region. The press report phrased its account of the event like this:

On Jul 19-20, a delegation of the Kingdom of Denmark, led by Ambassador Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, visited the area of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO), and also met with representatives of Luhansk Regional Military-Civil Administration.

On the latter score, that is the part of Lugansk still under control of the Ukrainian government. The Danish delegation, for all the world as though its members were military attachés, or military advisors, met with Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Eduard Moskaliov and toured an observation post of a Ukrainian armed forces unit that is assigned to the Joint Forces Operation, until recently the Anti-Terrorist Operation. (National Anti-Terrorist Operation would have provided a more accurate acronym.) Somehow it’s difficult to imagine, say, ambassadors to Moscow being taken to the eastern border of the Donbass to meet with Russian commanders and inspect Russian military units. Four days earlier the top American envoy in Ukraine led a similar delegation to the war zone. That’s generally not the way things are done in what were formerly known as diplomatic circles. The press office of the Joint Forces Operation quoted the head of the delegation of loyal subjects of Queen Margrethe II stating:

I am very happy to visit the contact line and see everything with my own eyes. This is the front line of peaceful life, the front line of democracy. You protect the security of Europe, so if you are in danger, then we cannot be safe either. I am very glad to meet all of you commanders and soldiers. My sincere gratitude to you for what you are doing.

He might have engaged in a rare moment of candor and acknowledged that plebeian youth drafted into the Ukrainian army to kill and be killed in a fratricidal war with their fellow citizens are in fact preserving the prerogatives, human and divine, of the Transatlantic elites who recognize no sense of obligation to any nation or any people. Self-isolated cosmopolites who only acknowledge other deracinated parasites as their kin and compatriots. The names adopted by the targets of the NATO-supported war, the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk, are doubly anathema to Western monarchists. When NATO was established in 1949 seven of its twelve members were constitutional monarchies, and they remain so today: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. The monarchy Spain joined in 1992 and monarchical Sweden, which has recently become a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner, might as well be a full member, as it has supplied troops for NATO’s war in Afghanistan and warplanes for its war against Libya. In furtherance of the global geopolitical objectives of what could be called the NATO (Nordic Aryan Teutonic Order) new Wholly Roamin’ Empire.

The current secretary general of the military bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, is a subject of King Harald V of Norway. His immediate predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, was a subject of Queen Margrethe II. The other living former leaders of NATO were also subjects of their respective monarchs: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer of Queen Beatrix, George Robertson (Baron Robertson of Port Ellen) of Queen Elizabeth II, Javier Solana of Juan Carlos I and Willy Claes of King Albert II. What the cannon fodder on the Donbass front line have really been dragooned into laying down their lives for is to protect the right of unearned privilege of all sorts, including hereditary rule. To maintain the right to pass down power and privilege through bloodlines. To marry and breed solely within their own ranks. To annually have the lifetime incomes of several of their subjects lavished upon them, in the words of the poet, simply for taking the trouble to be born. The system, in short, which NATO and the EU were founded to protect and perpetuate. Oh, yes, and of course something or other about democracy and freedom and diversity and equality. And peace.

Quid pro quo: Ukrainian “anti-terrorist” soldiers treated in Georgia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Jul 20 2021

The Georgian Defense ministry disclosed that Ukrainian government soldiers “injured in anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine” will be given physical and psychological rehabilitation in Georgia, Ukraine’s fellow NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner on the Black Sea. The latest of the wounded and traumatized troops arrived at the Tbilisi International Airport and were greeted by officials with the Department of Social Affairs and Psychological Support of the Ministry of Defense. The “anti-terrorist” service members, trained by NATO nations to wage war against their own compatriots in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, were accompanied by family members and will undergo a two-week treatment regime at the Maro Makashvili Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani.

As the Ukrainian government of then-President Viktor Yushchenko supported the war efforts of his Georgian counterpart at the time (and current bête noire in Ukraine), Mikheil Saakashvili, when he shelled and attacked South Ossetia almost thirteen years ago, and in the process provoked a war with Russia, so Georgia is now repaying the favor. (Georgia was the largest non-NATO contributor of troops for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.) Both nations label former parts of their countries, at least during the Soviet period, as “temporarily-occupied territories”; in the case of Ukraine those lands are the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbass and Crimea; in Georgia’s case South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The putative occupier in all four instances is Russia.

Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky met with the heads of state of fellow former Soviet republics Georgia and Moldova, Salome Zourabichvili and Maia Sandu, respectively, in Georgia on Jul 20 to sign a declaration committing the three nations to integration into the European Union (and NATO, if not acknowledged) under the aegis of the EU’s Eastern Partnership program; that is, the program whose association agreement was rejected by then-President Viktor Yanukovych in late 2013, thereby triggering the subsequent “color revolution,” coup d’état and endless war in the nation. Zelensky’s comments at the signing event included:

We all know what war is. We must do everything to make the demarcation lines disappear forever from the lands of our three countries.

Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia have formed a new alliance that is three-quarters of the old GUAM (Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova) format established by the US in the 1990s to cordon Russia off from Europe and particularly from the European energy market. A suggested acronym for the truncated version of the latter could be MUG. Azerbaijan, by the way, particularly after the Jun 16 visit by its president and that of Turkey to territory in Nagorno-Karabakh conquered in last year’s 44-day war which the visit resulted in the Shusha Declaration, is in effect part of Turkey and as such NATO.

The Georgian Defense Ministry’s report today on the latest batch of “anti-terrorist” members of the NATO proxy force that is the Ukrainian army, revealed that the bilateral arrangement – Ukraine may well return the favor soon – is a result of a memorandum of understanding signed by the two advanced NATO partners for “the rehabilitation of wounded Ukrainian servicemen participating in anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine.” Ukrainian soldiers have been treated in Georgia since 2015, the year after the government in Kiev launched the ongoing war in the Donbass.

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