NATO continues eastward aggression: Analyst
… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, … with Press TV, Tehran
[ Editors Note: Many of these early morning phone interviews are just used live, and they don’t post them on the website. A middle step is to use them for a print news story, which if they were going to do that, why they would not put the audio link up is beyond me. But that is their show and we are grateful for the international exposure we get there. It’s been good for both sides. ]
– First published May 7, 2014 –
NATO’s military deployment in the Baltic region under the pretext of protecting Ukraine against Russia is in line with the US-led military alliance’s eastward expansion, an analyst says.
“NATO is up to its eyeballs in its multi-decade aggression eastward to the Russian border,” Jim W. Dean wrote in a column for the Press TV website.
He said the countries in the Baltic region face no threat from Russia, adding that the post-coup government in Ukraine has staged a “big theatrical threat show” against Russia.
Russia has not invaded any European country in the past ten or twenty years, the analyst said.
“If Kiev cannot aggravate the situation into a more dangerous one, we always have NATO to call on,” he wrote.
NATO launched military drills in the Baltic country of Estonia on Monday with a record-breaking 6,000 troops, including American, British, and Estonian soldiers.
The US Marines will reportedly remain in Estonia until the end of this year. NATO has also deployed fighter jets and naval vessels to Lithuania and Poland.
Tensions between the Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Kiev and formally became part of the Russian Federation following a referendum in March.
The United States and its European allies accuse Russia of violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by stirring up pro-Russia protests in eastern Ukraine.
Russia denies the allegation, saying the protests have begun spontaneously against what it calls the illegitimate interim government in Kiev.
Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022. He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.
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