Ring Around the Russians, We All Fall Down
June 5, 2014 • 1:17PM

NATO Tightens Ring Around Russia

NATO defense ministers, meeting over the past two days in Brussels, took another step towards confrontation with Russia, when they agreed to reinforce their "reassurance" measures along Russia's western borders. The agreement follows President Obama's announcement from Warsaw, of intentions to spend an additional $1 billion on the US military force presence in Europe, which was welcomed by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He called Obama's announcement "a clear sign of America's commitment to Europe, and the strength of the transatlantic bond."

According to a NATO statement, the defense ministers "agreed to increase the capability, training and readiness of Allied forces to prepare for the longer-term implications of the crisis." A Readiness Action Plan will be developed which "will include measures aimed to enhance the NATO Response Forces' level of responsiveness and NATO's intelligence and awareness; to pre-position equipment and supplies; and to focus NATO exercises even more on specific defense challenges." These measures are to be approved by the leaders of NATO at the upcoming summit in Wales in September.

Shoigu Briefed Arab Leaders on Russia's New National Security Doctrine

A new security doctrine is emerging in Moscow, in response to the Anglo-US destabilizations of much of the world around Russia's periphery, including through so-called color revolutions. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave a hint of this at the Moscow International Security Conference on May 23, that the West is using socioeconomic problems of certain countries to replace nationally-oriented governments with regimes controlled from abroad: "They, for their part, provide their patrons with unimpeded access to these countries' resources.... These 'colored' revolutions are increasingly looking like combat, and are developed according to the military arts," he said.

Obama Administration Pushes New Front on Russian Periphery: Destabilization of the Caspian Area

An undiplomatic statement warning of a rerun of Maidan in Azerbaijan by U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, in a May 16 interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, is seen as another indication that the Obama Administration is seeking to spread further destabilizations and tensions on the periphery of Russia, according to a May 30 article in the internet publication strategic-culture.org.