The battle between West and East really resurfaced this week. It’s never the North versus South..
As the war for the world economy goes on, this week the grab for influence continued. NATO has popped up into three different countries in the news.
First, of course is in Ukraine. The newest government controlled by western interests (US, EU, IMF). Ukraine agreed to host NATO “wargames” in response to the Russian build up on the eastern border.
“Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday approved a series of joint military exercises with NATO countries that would put US troops in direct proximity to Russian forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula.”
Next stop is eastern Romania. Have to stop that Russian aggression. This time we had troop numbers. The US government requested that 600 American troops be stationed at an established U.S. base in Mihail Kogalniceanu, Romania.
“The U.S. embassy in Bucharest has asked for support from Romanian authorities to expand current operations at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base,” – President Traian Biasescu
John Kerry was in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the Romania along with other moves. Kerry and foreign ministers from nations south of Russian territory also have plan to up NATO troop presence, and I’m sure weapon sells.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova will receive increased military co-operation from NATO. The Guardian reports that the 7-page paper was leaked by German newspaper, Der Spiegel,; discussing new offices, military training and projects in the three former Soviet areas:
..proposed joint exercises and training between Nato and the three countries, increasing the “interoperability” of their militaries with Nato, and their participation in Nato “smart defence” operations.
The paper also proposed opening a Nato liaison office in Moldova, military training for Armenia, and projects in Azerbaijan aimed at securing its Caspian Sea oil and gas fields.
Russia noticed these movements and offered a response on Thursday. Russian Forgein Minister Sergei Lavrov said the moves by NATO would “violate a 1997 treaty on NATO-Russian cooperation”.
“We have addressed questions to the north Atlantic military alliance. We are not only expecting answers, but answers that will be based fully on respect for the rules we agreed on,”
Both sides continued to battle on the economic front also. The fight over the “petro” currency had a few big moves this week. I posted about the Russian energy deals with China and India here and here. Central Bankers in Europe have prepared for the new currency war. On Friday, the first Russian media outlet brought up the subject of a “petroruble“.
Crazy time to be alive.