NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia

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Eric Zuesse

On May 18th, Britain’s Guardian headlined “West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that “He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.” (That’s the Donbass region, where there has been a civil war.)

This encirclement by NATO is, apparently, about to be expanded: Shirreff will now be satisfied by NATO, even if not by its member the UK, of which Shirreff happens to be a citizen. New Europe bannered the same day, “NATO lays down the cards on its Russia policy”, and reported that, “In two distinct pre-ministerial press conferences on Wednesday [May 18th], the General Secretary of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and the US Ambassador to NATO, Daglas Lute, introduced the Russia agenda to be covered. Both NATO leaders said that the Accession Protocol Montenegro is signing on Thursday is a strong affirmation of NATO’s open door policy, mentioning explicitly Georgia. ‘We will continue to defend Georgia’s right to make its own decisions,’ Stoltenberg said.” Georgia is on Russia’s southwestern flank; so, it could be yet another a nuclear-missile base right on Russia’s borders, complementing Poland and the Baltics on Russia’s northwestern flank. (The U.S. itself has around 800 military bases in foreign countries, and so even Russia’s less-populous eastern regions would be able to be obliterated virtually in an instant, if the U.S. President so decides. And President Obama is already committed to the view that Russia is by far the world’s most “aggressive” enemy, more so even than international jihadists are.)

According to the New Europe report, Stoltenberg announced that where the 1997 NATO-Russia Agreement asserts that

The member States of NATO reiterate that they have no intention, no plan and no reason to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new members, nor any need to change any aspect of NATO’s nuclear posture or nuclear policy — and do not foresee any future need to do so. This subsumes the fact that NATO has decided that it has no intention, no plan, and no reason to establish nuclear weapon storage sites on the territory of those members, whether through the construction of new nuclear storage facilities or the adaptation of old nuclear storage facilities. Nuclear storage sites are understood to be facilities specifically designed for the stationing of nuclear weapons, and include all types of hardened above or below ground facilities (storage bunkers or vaults) designed for storing nuclear weapons.

the agreement is effectively terminated, and, “Largely as a result of the Crimean annexation, the repeated violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreement, and the demands of eastern flank member states, boots on the ground will increase considerably in the region, if not ‘substantially’,” along Russia’s northeastern flank, in Poland and the Baltics. Furthermore, “Poland has already said that it regards this agreement ‘obsolete’.” So, General Stoltenberg is taking his lead on that from the Polish government. 

According to both Russia and the separatist Donbass eastern region of the former Ukraine, the violations of the Minsk II agreement regarding Donbass are attacks by Ukrainian government forces firing into Donbass and destroying buildings and killing residents there, however NATO and other U.S. allies ignore those allegations and just insist that all violations of the Minsk II accords are to be blamed on Russia. That is also the position advanced by Shirreff, who thinks that Russia has no right to be concerned about being surrounded by NATO forces.

Consequently, regardless of whether or not the Minsk II violations are entirely, or even mainly, or even partially, due to Ukrainian firing into Donbass, NATO appears to be gearing up for its upcoming July ministerial meeting to be an official termination of its vague promises, which NATO had made in the 1997 NATO-Russia agreement (technically called the “Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation signed in Paris, France, 27 May 1997”). That document said “NATO and Russia do not consider each other as adversaries. They share the goal of overcoming the vestiges of earlier confrontation and competition and of strengthening mutual trust and cooperation.” In this regard, it was — though in public and written form, instead of merely private and verbal form — similar to the promises that the West had given to Soviet then Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990, which have already been rampantly violated by the West many times and without apology. The expectation and demand is clearly that Russia must allow itself to be surrounded by NATO, and to do this without complaint, and therefore also without taking military countermeasures, which NATO would call yet more “aggression by Russia.” Any defensive moves by Russia can thus be taken by the West to be unacceptable provocation and justification for a “pre-emptive” attack against Russia by NATO. That would be World War III, and it would be based upon the same accusation against Russia that the Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidency, Mitt Romney, had stated when he was running against Barack Obama: “This is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe.” Perhaps the West here intends the final solution of the Russian problem.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

  • Tim Hadfield

    The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

  • Kieron

    Well at least there is an admission of encirclement.. By a military man….something politicians seem to,cough turn their heads to one side and totally dismiss as rubbish. Somebody needs to be talking to somebody. Idiots !

  • ld_elon

    Take out all the weak states first, then see how they react, if they do not act accordingly, take them out as well.
    For it is written, and was said.

  • Tom

    Talking BS and Flexing muscle is not war. Nuke each other let the third world countries take a backseat and watch for the big boys go at it.

    • santiago

      Better yet, convert the UNSC in to a cage and let all the Kerrys’, Wolfs’, treasonous Powerss’, etc… and let them fight to death.

  • legal eagle

    Lots of bluster, ballyhoo and BS for domestic consumption. Should NATO/the US ever attack Russia on it’s own territory it will be the last of many stupid acts they have done. Their own simulations have said as much over and over again. The paper tiger is doing all the roaring it can in the hopes that it will strike fear into the domestic populace, but the fact remains that Russia will come out on top.

    • cettel

      You care about that, but the people who are in control are far more concerned about losing their top-dog status.

    • RenegadeProphet

      Russia and China are going to destroy the USA.
      The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

      • santiago

        Planet X??? Come on!!!

        • RenegadeProphet

          If you dont know about the big red planet that the toxic chemtrails hide every day then you are stupid.
          It is causing the massive increase in seismic and volcanic activity and the complete corruption of all the governments in the world. It is also the reason that America is about to be destroyed. that will distract the rest of the world from Planet X until it arrives and wreaks havoc on the earth again.
          Also dont forget that NASA launched a satellite (IRAS) in 1983 specifically to look for it then immediately announced they found it in two major newspapers before they decided to lie about it two weeks later.

          • santiago

            Chemtrails, you lost me right there. There is no evidence of such a thing.

            You do realise that anyone with a telescope, like me, can call on your BS. I may be stupid, but at least I am not that far gone in to a delusional state like you clearly are.

            I can look through my telescope and see stars, galaxies, the moon etc… No NIBIRU, Planet X, reptilian home, etc…

  • JosephConrad

    EVERY SO OFTEN GOD TAKES TIME OUT TO MAKE PURE IDIOTS TO BALANCE OUT THE SMART FOLK SHE MADE…

    SHIRREFF IS PRECISELY ON OF THOSE PURE, SELF-ABSORBED IDIOTS WITH NO
    CONCEPT OF PEACE FOR HUMANS IN HIS ROCK-FILLED HEAD.
    CAN HIM AS HE CAN’T LEAD IF HE’S AN IGNORANT, VIOLENT, NEGATIVE MORON.

    PUTIN WOULD TURN NATO INTO A DRESDEN-LIKE HEAP OF SCRAP METAL IN DAYS,

  • Zaphod Braden

    PUTIN is the Leader defending Western CHRISTIAN Civilization ………
    NATO better clean out the Refujihadi Invaders who will be sabotaging, raping, and murdering in the rear areas …….. NATO Troops will come home to burning airbases and homes ….

    NATO defeated itself by being invaded and overrun by the REFUJIHADIS from the wars NATO started …………. THAT has to be a FIRST in all history.

    NATO cannot beat ISIS, AlQueda, Al Nusra …… but it wants to fight RUSSIA?!

  • falcemartello

    Saber rattling the two bears is a sign of the impending economic crisis. The financial meltdown has been due to come natural correction was avoided by the ponzi scheme fiat money. In 2007the stockmarket was only leveraged to the inflated tune of 120 trillion dollars now it is over leveraged to the tune of 540 trillion dollars give or take a trillion. Hence the restructuring of the inbalance with debt to input ratio is far to high so three options occur restructure the debt or rite it off or off to war we go just like WW2. Yesterdays news gets wrapped in todays fish. P.S Obviously they did not the Chinese advice and it looks the Rothtschilds and the Rockfellers r not in favor of the reset in the western economy they prefer the idebtedness and continue the usary system hence of to war we go lets hope the western sheeple wake up and to hell with Nato F,UK,US. look at it and the acronym says it all. History repeats itself with the same evilness behinmd the scenes pulling the strings the banksters ahkanazi-khazarian mafia.

  • david

    NO BODY CAN SAVE AMERICA AND EUROPE IF WAR STARTS AND I BELIEVE IN THAT, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WAR OR OTHER WARS WHERE NATO KILLED THOUSANDS OF INOCENT PEOPLE ,, THIS WAR WILL BE FOUGHT IN AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN SOIL AND EVENTALLY THEY WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT EXACTLY WAR MEANS,,, THIS IS CALLED LAW OF NATURE ,, WHERE MAD DOG BITES MANY BUT HIS LAST DAY IS ALSO IMMENENT,, AMERICA IS MAKING FOOL MANY BALTIC COUNTRIES AS USA PUMPS THEM AGAINST RUSSIA BECAUSE USA WANTS WAR IN THESE BALTIC COUNTRIES ,,,BUT IT WILL HAPPEN IN AMERICA ,IT WILL BE TAKEN TO USA TO ELEMINATE BIG DEVIL,, PUTIN IS THE GREAT MAN AND HE KNOWS WHAT AND WHERE TO DO

  • JosephConrad

    The only sources of EVIL, DEATH & CHAOS in the World is the WHITE WEALTHY & ISRAEL.
    Included in the former are NEOCONS, RACISTS, etc., CIA, FBI, NSA & DHS.
    NATO is pulled in to ‘collaborate’ through RACE & Ethnicity.

    The only real source of Peace is Russia as it has no desire to ENSLAVE, KILL, etc.

  • Mark Golding

    Get The Americans out of EUROPE NOW! Close down ALL their operations in EUROPE NOW! Europeans are tired of seeing their countries being dragged into yet another War Theatre created by the cockroaches in Washington.
    If you live in the UK you must write to your MP NOW and express your concern about the Military chiefs in NATO who are being bamboozled by the devious American Military Establishment into demonizing Putin. We all know about the ‘false flag’ device used by The Americans to CREATE Wars that benefit their Armaments Industries such as Raytheon, Dupont, Boeing, Northrop, Veritas and GE, Carlisle Group etc,
    MPs have to be made aware that the British Public are not going to be used as cannon fodder again like they were in previous World Wars created by US Corporations that control armaments.
    And.. vote BREXIT! GET OUT OF EUROPE NOW!!!