‘Tanks do not create peace’: German politicians up in arms over NATO’s buildup..
‘Tanks do not create peace’: German politicians up in arms over NATO’s buildup at Russian borders
U.S. tanks, trucks and other military equipment, which arrived by ship, are unloaded in the harbour of Bremerhaven, Germany
January 8, 2017. © Fabian Bimmer / Reuters
German politicians have raised concern about thousands of NATO troops and equipment, along with hundreds of tanks, that have been sent to Poland and countries bordering Russia in what has been touted by Washington as “defense against Russian aggression.”
“It does not help us if tanks will be going up and down on both sides of the border,” Brandenburg’s leader and SPD party member, Dietmar Woidke, told RBB. “I hope everyone will keep calm.”
“I believe that despite all the difficulties, we should seek dialogue with Russia,” he added on Thursday, warning that relations with Moscow could worsen even further.
Germany’s ruling CDU party called Woidke’s standpoint “strange,” with parliamentary faction leader Ingo Senftleben saying the operation “takes place within the framework of the contractual arrangements of NATO and at the explicit request of Poland.”
NATO’s buildup in Europe also came under fire from Germany’s Die Linke party. “Tanks do not create peace, anywhere,” Christian Görke stressed in a statement, RBB reported.
read more: https://www.rt.com/news/373088-tanks-nato-germany-russia/
Germany: Scores protest transport of NATO soldiers through Germany
Published on Jan 7, 2017
Scores of people marched through the north German port of Bremerhaven, Saturday, to protest the transport of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) troops and weapons, headed for NATO’s eastern border, through the town.
Protesters held signs and banners with demands like “No NATO deployments! End the militaristic march against Russia!” and “Out of NATO.”
On Friday dozens of tanks, armoured trucks and military equipment accompanied by about 4,000 US soldiers docked in Bremerhaven as part of NATO’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve.” The deployment is supposed to act as a deterrent against supposed Russian aggression towards Poland and the Baltic countries.
Nato and Russia playing dangerous game with military build-up
It has been billed as Nato’s biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the cold war. Britain is sending fighter jets next year to Romania. The US is dispatching troops, tanks and artillery to Poland. Germany, Canada and other Nato countries also pledged forces at a meeting on Wednesday of defence chiefs in Brussels.
The move comes after Russia has been busy deploying hardware of its own. Earlier this month, Moscow said it was stationing nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic exclave. This week, two Russian warships armed with cruise missiles slipped into the Baltic sea.
Meanwhile, the hulking Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been belching its way through the Channel en route to Syria. Spain said Moscow had withdrawn a request to refuel on Spain’s north African coast, amid western suspicions the Russian fleet will be used to flatten civilians in Aleppo.
Nato’s apparent goal here is to deter future acts of aggression on European territory by Vladimir Putin’s revanchist Russia. After a period in which Nato has seemed slow to react, and lacking in backbone, the alliance is now sending out a robust message. As the US defence secretary, Ash Carter, put it this week, these deployments are all about deterrence.
read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/27/military-build-up-along-russias-border-no-cause-for-alarm
Hundreds Of US Tanks Arrive In Europe To Support NATO Anti-Russian Buildup
by Tyler Durden
Jan 6, 2017 12:43 PM
As we reported yesterday, Lithuania confirmed the presence of U.S. special forces inside its territory, stating the deployment’s purpose is to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Supposedly, the move is in response to a “escalation” by Vladimir Putin, who has been deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad located in the heart of central Europe. This move has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become “highly concerned” about Russian military activity.
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