quarta-feira, 18 de março de 2015

Continua a provocação ianque no Leste europeu

Conforme falávamos aqui, cada vez mais os EUA deixam explícita sua já evidente intenção de tensionar com a Rússia e de aumentar sua influência na Europa Oriental. Não bastasse a crise ucraniana a pleno vapor (apesar do cessar-fogo), os ianques dão início a nova provocação, enviando unidades militares para a ex-república soviética da Lituânia, a pretexto de realizar exercícios militares com o país báltico e "fortalecer a segurança" da região.

Evidentemente Moscou dá a resposta, mobilizando sua frota no norte para a realização de exercícios em escala nitidamente intimidatória. Age corretamente: diante da sanha belicista estadunidense, há que pagar na mesma moeda. As notícias abaixo foram extraídas aqui e aqui, respectivamente.

Soldados y tanques de EE.UU. llegan a Lituania para "fortalecer la seguridad"
Publicado: 15 mar 2015 23:52 GMT

EE.UU. ha desplegado alrededor de 150 soldados y 20 unidades de equipo militar en Lituania con el fin de realizar maniobras conjuntas y "fortalecer la seguridad" de la región.

Unos 150 soldados y 20 vehículos militares estadounidenses han llegado al territorio de Lituania desde las bases Fort Stewart, EE.UU., y Vilseck, Alemania, informa el diario 'Verslo žinios'. El equipo militar, que incluye cinco tanques M1A2 Abrams, participará de maniobras conjuntas con el Ejército lituano.

Según el Ministerio de Defensa de Lituania, las tropas estadounidenses permitirán a los soldados del país báltico aprender y profundizar habilidades de combate y servirán para "reforzar la estabilidad en la región".

Los soldados de infantería y unidades del equipo militar de EE.UU. se encuentran en los países bálticos y Polonia desde la primavera de 2014 y forman parte de la operación Atlantic Resolve en Europa del Este, cuyo objetivo es mostrar la unidad de los países de la OTAN y "fortalecer la seguridad" de la región.

Vladimir Putin orders Russia's entire Northern Fleet to mobilise in huge military exercises

LIZZIE DEARDEN Monday 16 March 2015

Russia's entire Northern Fleet is on the move today as part of a show of force involving 40,000 troops, more than 41 warships, 15 submarines and 110 aircraft.

A range of military exercises were personally ordered by Vladimir Putin and coincided with his first public appearance in 10 days.

The Russian President met Kyrgyzstan leader Almazbek Atambayev in St Petersburg this morning after more than a week of intense speculation over his sudden disappearance from the public eye.

Appearing to be in good health, he did not shed any more light on the period and said: “It would be boring without gossip.”

Today is the start of five days drills in one of the Kremlin's biggest displays of military power since the Ukraine crisis plunged relations with the West to depths not seen since the Cold War.

The Navy’s Northern Fleet stands in full combat readiness in Russia's Arctic north, apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighbouring Norway, a Nato member.

“New challenges and threats to military security require the armed forces to further boost their military capabilities,” Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

“Special attention must be paid to newly created strategic formations in the north.”

Mr Shoigu said the order came from the President, who has promised to spend more than 21 trillion roubles (£230 billion) by the end of the decade to overhaul Russia's armed forces.

Norway is currently holding its "Joint Viking" drills involving 5,000 troops in Finnmark, a county bordering Russia in the resource-rich Arctic circle where both countries are vying for influence.

The Olso government said its military drills had been planned before the Ukraine crisis.

"However, the current security situation in Europe shows that the exercise is more relevant than ever," Lieutenant General Haga Lunde said in a statement.

Other Russian drills involved 5,000 troops in the far east of the country, while another exercise included another 500 personnel from Russia's troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya, the site of two separatist wars.

Those exercises were aimed at extremist insurgents, whose bloody efforts to create an Islamic state has spread across the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus, fuelled by religion and anger at local abuse of power.

The Russian exercises coincide with the country’s celebrations over its internationally condemned annexation of the Crimean peninsula, carried out with the help of special forces in March last year.

Speaking in a television documentary aired on Sunday, Mr Putin said he was prepared to use nuclear weapons to gain the territory “if necessary”.

He described the Ukrainian revolution to oust Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 as an armed coup “masterminded by our American friends”.

The US is planning to conduct joint exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania later this month.

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