I just saw this morning on BFM news over here in France that as from the 16th of September until the 26th, 200 US parachutists will be participating
in an exercise in the Ukraine...
After doing a little web trotting it turns out that over 1000 allied troops will be turning up for this little annual get together.
A little snippet from Reuters :
As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint
military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies.
The decision to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 is seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member
Ukraine while stopping well short of military intervention in the conflict.
More here : www.reuters.com...
And Forbes has to say this :
Okay, now you’re asking for it.
Washington is going ahead with a planned military drill in Western Ukraine just hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin was able to convince
pro-Russia separatists to stand down in their fight with the Ukrainian military in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.
This military drill does not bode well for Friday’s cease-fire discussion in Minsk, Belarus between the Ukrainian government and the separatist
leaders who will demand autonomy from Kiev.
More here : www.forbes.com...
I would like to add this too dating back from April this year :
EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III
'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West'
'We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states'
'Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions'
'If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation'
'I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war'
More here : www.dailymail.co.uk...
Hmmmm... Could this just be a deterrent tactic from allied forces or does it seem that everyone wants a good round of fisty cuffs with Russia?
Couple this with the ongoing cancelled French Mistral ship delivery to Russia until November...?
Thoughts respected members?
Personally, I am not looking forward to the outcome of this exercise as things could turn very nasty pretty quickly and drag many neigbouring
countries over here in Europe into the conflict... (unless of course Putin and other leaders can keep a cool head and bite their upper lips)
edit on 4/9/14 by Rodinus because: Poor editing