I started writing this blog a few days ago. I was going to show progression from the invasion of Russia into Crimea, the sanctions afterward, the decline of the Rubles and the Russia economy, to the way the country survived and is rallying. Its new alliances with China, No. Korea, Iran and Syria (the middle east in general). Then outline the battle it is raging against ISIS in Syria, then I came across this headline and it demanded I finish the blog today.
The Daily Mail UK, “Russia is ordering all of its officials to fly home any relatives living abroad amid heightened tensions over the prospect of global war, it has been claimed. Politicians and high-ranking figures are said to have received a warning from president Vladimir Putin is telling Russians to bring their loved-ones home to the ‘Motherland’, according to local media. It comes after Putin cancelled a planned visit to France amid a furious row over Moscow’s role in the Syrian conflict and just days after it emerged the Kremlin had moved nuclear-capable missiles near to the Polish border. (1) Even former leader Mikhail Gorbachev (“Mr. Gorbachev tear down that wall” fame) is concerned because of the mounting tensions between Russia and the US.”
November 24, 2015 A NATO bomber (Turkey) shot down a Russian plane. It had been sixty years since that happened previously. Russia said Turkey stabbed them in the back, and Obama supported Turkey. This brought up the idea of a no-fly zone, in Syria. This no fly zone would be instigated by the US, by ignoring legality, and without permission of the UN. So the idea was abandoned. August 2016, the Russians, and Syrians flew very close to US troops on the ground. Which would have resulted in planes being shot down. Many see this as a game of chicken trying to provoke either powerful nation, US or Russia into war.
The most recent slight was the fact the US pulled the plug on cooperating with Russia in fighting ISIS in Syria. Russia has been bolstering its relationships with Assad and Syria, and is battling ISIS, it appears quite effectively. The problem is the US says it is also bombing Aleppo, innocent civilians, hospitals and they have prevented humanitarian aid from reaching innocent civilians on the ground.
This arm of the conflict with Russia really began with the invasion of Crimea in 2014 after Viktor Yanukovych decided to maintain closer ties with Russia instead of the EU. He fled the country and a pro-west leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk was recognized as the new Prime Minister of the Ukraine. Putin had offered a different financial deal to the struggling Ukraine in part to keep some control over the country, but the country wanted to be admitted to the EU.
Historically, after the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the Soviet states joined the EU, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Czech Republic. They gained their independence from Russia and again are sovereign nations. They wanted to have access to trade and protection from the west, meaning NATO and the EU. Russia has opposed the EU and NATO expansion and intervention in what they consider Russian affairs.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin accused the EU of attempting to, “Tear states which had been parts of the former USSR off Russia and to prompt them to make an artificial choice between Russia and Europe” Forgetting they were independent countries before the USSR took them over.
So back to present day, Russia has been accused of running military exercises on the borders of Lithuania. In what appears to be an intimidating maneuver by Russia in 2016, the Ukraine Today reported, that frontier guards were training to react to the sudden invasion, and detain suspicious foreigners, why?
Unusual Russian military drills were being carried out at the border of Lithuania and Russia. So the patrol officers are training to counter act the activity. NATO saw this buildup of military on the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and other Baltic countries as “Muscle Flexing” on the part of Russia. 2 US fighter jets, were flown in to Lithuania in a move to support the region, and as a show of strength against military maneuvers. (2)
In September of this year, the decision was made to deploy combat battalions in the Baltic countries and Poland that are part of NATO’s military buildup along the Russian border. NATO requires a standard of 2% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), so Lithuania and Latvia are bringing their defense outlays in line. NATO approved the deployment of four multinational battalions to the Baltic states. (3)
In August Hillary Clinton called President Vladimir Putin the godfather of right-wing, extreme nationalism. Putin saw it as a reference that he was like Hitler. In fact, many see nationalism as racist, misogynistic, with white supremacy overtones. Which given Clinton’s desire to create a world without borders, it makes sense. Russia sees Hillary’s election to the Presidency of the US as a choice for war. (4)
This view has not been helped by the fact that Nevada Senator Harry Reid accused Russia of hacking into our computers to rig the election. Russia vehemently denies this, though it would not be the first time Russia denied something that was proven they had a part in.
So let’s review this, while we are focused on which Presidential candidate (or their spouses), was accused of having sex with children, was adulterous, was accused if committing rape, or at least fondled people. Russia is holding military exercises, in Russia, Crimea and along the border of the Baltic States. They were displaying their cruise missiles, tanks, aircraft and naval ships, which were considered impressive according to Business Insider—with photos. (5) They continue to bomb Aleppo, civilians, and hospitals and hamper humanitarian aid in Syria. They have developed a support system with countries that are our enemies, and they are calling home their families……So it is time that we pay attention to what is going on between the US and Russia. If you cannot do so on mainstream media, try other news outlets online, caravantomidnight.com, RT.com, BBC.com, euronews.com, theguardian.com, dailymail.co.uk, foreignpolicy.com and many others that feature news on the relationship of Russia and the US.
We are being distracted by events we really have little say in. Our relationship with Russia, if not repaired could end in a catastrophic war. Russia does not believe there will be another cold war, which is what I was hearing, another cold war. I grew up during the cold war, it really seemed livable. It is at this time black and white for the Russians. Reach out to our congress, and start petitioning, blogging, sharing articles, whatever gets the word out and causes our leaders to move in a direction to restore a relationship between the US and Russia. It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, it is time to unite. The conflicts in Europe are escalating.
I cannot stress how important it is that we maintain peace. The US has been testing nuclear weapons again recently, and because of President Obama we are now turning control of our nukes over to the UN, an organization that may believe we have been a superpower too long. So the government knows how seriously this is. We need to unite as Americans, there are bigger issues at stake for the entire world.
- Russia Orders Officials Fly Home Relatives Abroad, Tensions Mount Prospect of Global War, Daily Mail UK, October 12, 2016 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3833941/Russia-orders-officials-fly-home-relatives-living-abroad-tensions-mount-prospect-global-war.html
- Tactical Military Drills Unfold on Lithuanian-Russian Border, http://uatoday.tv/politics/tactical-military-drills-unfold-on-lithuanian-russian-border-639764.html
- Baltics Tense Over Moscow’s ‘Muscle Flexing’ Amid NATO Buildup on Russian Border,
- The Kremlin Really Believes Hillary Wants to Start a War with Russia, http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/09/07/the-kremlin-really-believes-that-hillary-clinton-will-start-a-war-with-russia-donald-trump-vladimir-putin/
- Choi, David, 15 incredible photos of Russia’s latest military exercise in annexed Crimea, Oct 2016,http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-russias-military-exercise-crimea-2016-9/#russian-paratroopers-perform-their-descent-15
- Schaefer, Brett, The UN to Control America’s Nukes, http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/obama-goes-nuclear/