Another must listen from John and Steve regarding the latest worsening of The New Cold War.
Here are the show notes from Mr. Batchelor's website:
Anakonda 16 on the Russian Frontier. Stephen F. Cohen. NYU, Princeton, EastWestAccord.com.
"...The general said Russia was needed in the international community; however, this was impossible at the moment due to the country's "sole respect for power."
"He emphasised that about 7,000 Russian troops were stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two territories viewed by the international community as Georgian regions occupied by Russia.
"In Hodges' words, about 20,000 Russian troops are currently present in the Crimea peninsula occupied by Russia, and about 20 Ukrainian soldiers were last week killed during clashes with Moscow-supported separatists in Eastern Ukraine regardless of ceasefire agreements.
"This is a serious challenge; this is not an academic exercise and the only way we keep it from becoming a real crisis is if we stick together, the Alliance stick together and demonstrate that we are committed," the US general noted.
"He added that Lithuania had been precisely meeting the commitments assumed during the last NATO Summit in Wales by not only boosting defense spending but also by organising exercises and developing its Armed Forces.
"Ahead of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the three Baltic States seek deployment of an international Allied battalion of about 1,000 soldiers in each of their territories. NATO's Military Committee has given a green light to stationing of the units in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland...."
PLEASE BE SURE TO LISTEN AS THIS SITUATION IS INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS.