NATO’s Foreign Ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the details of a planned military escalation in Eastern Europe, including new deployments in the area, more air patrols, and likely military aid to the Ukraine.
The meeting comes after a solid week of talks by hawkish NATO members playing up the need for more troops in Eastern Europe, and fretting from the nation’s eastern members about Russia invading them out of the blue.
The story of Russian troops poised to pour into Ukraine, and eventually taking out half of Europe, was farcical in the first place, and as Russia redeploys troops away from the border, the story doesn’t hold water. The plans for military build-up have not changed though.
For the US, the situation has been a chance to double-down on long-standing demands for European nations to spend more on their militaries, and a chance to speed up plans to deploy eastward.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Major Clashes in Libyan Capital, at Least 20 Killed, Airport Closed - January 15th, 2018
- Aid Cranes Arrive at Key North Yemen Port of Hodeidah - January 15th, 2018
- Russia FM: Zone for US-Backed Rebels Could Split Syria - January 15th, 2018
- Syrian Army Vow to End US Presence in Syria - January 15th, 2018
- Syrian Rebels Push US to Resume Failed CIA Arms Smuggling Scheme - January 15th, 2018