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| Britain and the EU
The Russian armed forces are on high alert on its western borders after the alleged poisoning of a Russian double-agent in Britain, which has drawn support from the US, Canada and 15 EU countries.
The recently re-elected president of Russia has begun positioning his armies for a “quick and decisive victory over NATO”, to quote a scribe.
Fears of a war rose high when Britain accused Russia’s of poisoning Sergei Skripal and his daughter on British soil.
This spurred the Atlantic Council to lay out plans against what they called “significant threat” from Russia.
NATO then challenged Russia by sending more forces to the Baltic region.
The Russians army matched NATO’s moves and let out it was prepared for WW3.
The Atlantic Council referred to seven Russian armies “within spitting distance of Europe” to spell out the threat.
The Council then warned that Russia had adopted the doctrine of “opening attack” to “gain immediate advantage for a short war”.
It next pointed to Russia’s 48th and 59th army stationed on the Crimean peninsula, its 8th army poised to strike a little north of Ukraine with its 20th army close by Ukraine, while its 6th army is on the edge of Finland and Estonia and not far behind them was Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army with the 2nd within hailing distance.
On the other side, NATO has positioned 800 troops in Estonia, 1,200 troops in Latvia, 1,200 troops in Lithuania, and 4,000 troops in Poland.
NATO said the alliance would defeat Russia, but only if steps are taken to send up to ten brigades of troops along with warships and warplanes.
Putin parried that Russia had only assumed defensive positions, but having recently put on an awesome display of advanced armaments it gave no indication of backing down.
Putin denied all involvement with the Skripal case, which tellingly came just days before he was re-elected as Russia’s president for another six years.
Glossed over by western analysts is that Putin is admired in Russia for his defiance of the US-led alliances in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iran.
He had garnered garlands after successfully annexing Crimea and, today he stands taller than ever before as witnessed by his sweeping victory in the recent presidential elections.
With the nation standing fully behind him, the spy scandal is not going to make a dent Putin’s popularity. If regime change was the object of this exercise then, not many see Putin falling.
What’s left then is for NATO to demonstrate its military supremacy, but that would require a battlefield of choice. And, with Russia on the alert, a war in Europe becomes improbable.
More sanctions on Russia are threatened, but Russia has the option of pressing the “energy button” on Europe. This spells out a stale-mate, with diplomatic expulsions continuing on the “principle of reciprocity”.