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US army bases will appear on the Black Sea Coast – in Bulgaria and Romania. About $50 million will be assigned to build the base in Romania, and the Pentagon plans to spend $60 million more for the same purpose in Bulgaria.
The Romanian base is expected to be put in operation in 2010, whereas the second one will most likely be launched in 2011 or 2012. Over 4,000 US military men are expected to serve at the two bases: 1,600 in Romania and 2,500 in Bulgaria. The authorities of the two nations expect that the US military men will settle there for a long time.
Col. Gary Russ, commander of Joint Task Force-East, sad that no one in Bulgaria and Romania had anything against the US military presence in the two countries. Vice President Joseph Biden, who recently visited several countries of Eastern Europe, including Romania, stated that the European nation supported a new configuration of the US missile defense system.
It is not ruled out that elements of the US missile defense system may eventually appear in Eastern Europe. US officials say that the appearance of army bases in Bulgaria and Romania strictly corresponds to the plans of the US administration to relocate troops in foreign countries (George W. Bush announced the plans in 2004).
It goes about the Pentagon’s intention to cut its 55,000-strong group in Germany and redeploy a part of the troops in several countries of Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria and Romania.
Alexander Khramchikhin, deputy director of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis, said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that the plans of the United States to build army bases in Romania and Bulgaria were exposed nearly a decade ago.
“Indeed, the Americans need more bases for their actions in the Middle East. They have bases in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but they are not enough to satisfy all of Washington’s needs. The Pentagon needs new bases in Eastern Europe to maintain its troops in the Middle East,” the expert said.
Another expert, Konstantin Sivkov, told Pravda.Ru that the appearance of new army bases in Bulgaria and Romania would pose a threat to Russian interests.
“The number of US military men at the two bases is not going to be large, but who can say that it will not be doubled, tripped or quadrupled in the future? Furthermore, the appearance of NATO bases on the Black Sea coast will come as an addition to the US military objects in the Baltic region. As a result, Russia will find itself trapped.
“Why does the USA need these two bases on the Black Sea? To struggle against terrorism? This explanation does not withstand any criticism. There are nearly 4,000 kilometers between Romania and the Middle East. This distance is too large for the nation to maintain its groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“One should bear in mind the fact that the Americans started withdrawing their troops from Iraq. Therefore, there is no need to strengthen the infrastructure. To crown it all, American army bases in the Middle East are plentiful.
“I would also like to pay your attention to the fact that the US Military Academy at West Point has recently launched extensive courses to study the Russian culture and language. They started teaching the Iraqi culture and the Arab language three years before invading Iraq.
“Washington is also interested in the energy sources of the Caspian Sea. The bases will probably be established in Romania and Bulgaria to secure the transportation of the Caspian oil and gas,” the expert concluded.
Georgia together with the United States also began large-scale military exercises Tuesday, Immediate Response 2008, near its capital of Tbilisi.
A total of 1,650 personnel, including troops from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, are taking part in the $8 million drills, planned by the U.S. Armed Forces European Command and financed by the U.S. Defense Department.
The forthcoming presidential election in Ukraine may end with a coup or the establishment of either monarchy or dictatorship.
“We are going through a very serious political crisis at the moment. All of us, including the leading political forces, declare that there are numerous violations of the Constitution and human right taking place in the nation. Either the president of the country or the civil society must put forward an alternative now,” Yury Zbitnev, the leader of New Force Party said.
An expert with Research and Branding Group, Yevgeny Kopatko, said that Ukraine had been experiencing fundamental economic, political and public changes during the recent five years.
“The situation will change after the election, because there is a huge demand on changes in the Ukrainian society at the moment. No one knows whether this change is going to be legitimate, though,” he said.
but Putin has lots of praise for Obama.
Originally posted by raivo
i have never quite understood why some countries allow foreign bases & troops on their soil. Usually these bases are even off limits with local authorities! It's like giving a big part of your freedom to hands of another country, even if they are 'friendly' at the moment.
Originally posted by Pillar
That's so stupid Russia has 10 times as many military vehicles as the US.
Originally posted by Silver Shadow
Should be interesting.
The American military were disgraced and booted right out of Afghanistan, had to go back in there with the UN holding it's hand.
The UN is now losing there too.
The US military, 160,000 of them, with all the latest hardware and technology have been unable to subdue a few civilian insurgents in Iraq, not even a proper army, after six years of combat.
Admittedly the insurgents are being re supplied and aided by every other nation in the world, including Canada and Australia.
But it is still an absolute disgrace for the US military.
Then in Georgia, with US made equipment, US military advisor's, and full support of the CIA, another humiliating defeat for the US administration.
The Pentagon is terrified to attack Iran, because it would stir up a hornet's nest in the middle east.
America is now left with no allies at all, would be crushed and driven right out of the entire region if Iran gets really mad.
Attack Russia, what a joke that would be.
Sure you can attack Russia, and every single city in the US would be a radioactive smoking ruin within hours.
Sure you can blow up the entire world, And poison all of mankind, but that AIN'T VICTORY.
No you will have your revolution, and get your jollies off by killing each other.
But as a world power, politically, economically, or militarily, the US is now finished.
And 90% of them are rusting hulks that can't even move. Russia is making a huge mistake. They seem to forget what happened to Japan when they made the same exact mistakes.