The Europe that stems from this crisis in Ukraine is very likely to be a again fortified camp full of military bases with two military alliances, armed to the teeth and sideways, just as it did during the second half the previous century. Apart from the self-control shown so far, the Joe Biden Administration discusses the possibility of sending thousands of soldiers Eastern Europe and to the Baltic republics strengthen your security in the event of a Russian invasion of the neighboring former Soviet republic, as reported The New York Times.
Under its security demands, Russia demands that NATO troops withdraw from the countries from which the Warsaw Pact and what are now members of the Atlantic Alliance for more than two decades. But in the event that hostilities begin, U.S. troops will be only 150 miles from St. Louis. Petersburg, which is exactly the distance that separates the Estonian border from the second Russian city. According to plans discussed at the Camp David residence over the weekend, the first contingent of soldiers will range from a thousand Y 5,000 soldiers, although Washington is prepared to increase this figure tenfold as the situation develops, which would turn the three small Baltic republics into an enclave surrounded by hostile territory, something similar to what happened to West Berlin during the 20th century cold war. According to some observers, by leaking the news to the press, the US government is trying to send a message to Moscow that, in the event of an attack, it will achieve the exact opposite of what it was trying to do.
“Even though we are engaged in diplomacy, we are focused on strengthening defense, strengthening deterrence,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in an interview with CBS. “NATO will continue to be significantly strengthened if Russia commits new acts of aggression; it’s all on the table,” the head of diplomacy continued. The announcement of troops dispatch can be done this week, a key period, in which Moscow will receive the written response to the security guarantees it has raised and it could mean that the continuation o la breach of the diplomatic channel. NATO currently has 4,000 troops deployed in Poland and another 4,000 troops in the Baltic republics.
According to Moscow, the whole military escalation is the product of “news hysteria“and obey”informative and concrete actions undertaken by the US and NATO, “said the Kremlin spokesman. Dmitri Peskov. “The declarations published by NATO on the increase in troops and the sending of forces and weapons to the eastern flank, that’s what increases the tension, ”he continued.
According to the Kremlin version, Ukraine is the country preparing for offensive operations, given “the enormous concentration of forces and weapons” in the regions near the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. “The nature of this concentration speaks of preparations for offensive action, and that threat really exists today,” Peskov denounced.
The war escalation is not doing the Russian economy any good. The ruble fell sharply in the stock markets this Monday, losing 1.2% and 1.5% respectively against the dollar and the euro, while the Moscow share fell sharply, with the RTSi index denominated in US currency losing more than 7% of its value.