Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

Anders Fogh Rasmussen

‘Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach’

We knew that all those NATO niceties about admitting nations ‘offishully’ were bogus, as the announcements had been morphing into: ‘NATO’s allies and friends’

“Anders Fogh Rasmussen: ‘We have to face the reality that Russia does not consider Nato a partner.’

Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations’s summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia‘s borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.

He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine’s security, “modernise” its armed forces and help the country counter the threat from Russia.

Rasmussen said: “We will adopt what we call a readiness action plan with the aim to be able to act swiftly in this completely new security environment in Europe. We have something already called the Nato response force, whose purpose is to be able to be deployed rapidly if needed. Now it’s our intention to develop what I would call a spearhead within that response force at very, very high readiness.

“In order to be able to provide such rapid reinforcements you also need some reception facilities in host nations. So it will involve the pre-positioning of supplies, of equipment, preparation of infrastructure, bases, headquarters. The bottom line is you will in the future see a more visible Nato presence in the east.”

 But in order to avoid calling them ‘permanent bases’ east of the Old Iron Curtain (heh), there may be some high-frequency trading, this time not on Wall Street, but at the bases.  Cuz Poland and three Baltic nations are…afraid, and want protection, see?

According to the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships of non-Black Sea states can stay in the Black Sea for no more than 21 days.”  But never fear!  NATO means to smash the Bear!  Two more war ships will replace the Vella (temporarily, of course….)  “They are US Navy’s destroyer USS Ross and frigate, Commandant Birot, of the naval forces of France,” the unnamed source told RIA-Novosti news agency.”

Ah, those NATO carrots and big sticks…

And just to be clear about Operation Resolve’s Mission:

Because: Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine

Issue of captured soldiers to be discussed at meeting between Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday afternoon

I reckon they figure those talks in Minsk aren’t producing anything like…agreements.  Détente.  Oh, goodness; Angela Merkel must be having some sleepless nights.”Why are the missiles called peacekeepeers…when they’re aim’s to kill?”

And Putin’s been quite clear that NATO’s military buildup in the area isn’t helping create a situation where peace can break out.

Subtext: ‘We can bomb the shit out of Syria, Iraq, help the Perhmerga, *and* Crush the Bear.  First step: Keep Ukraine United!  And from the Queen of Russophobic agitprop (via DHS and Hollywood, Julia Davis)  (‘pesky’ at Fdl quoted her, LMAO):

Why are the missiles called peace keepers
When they’re aimed to kill
Why is a woman still not safe
When she’s in her home 

Love is hate
War is peace
No is yes
And we’re all free

But somebody’s gonna have to answer
The time is coming soon
When the blind remove their blinders
And the speechless speak the truth


70 responses to “Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat

  1. Odin! Spare US from the Cardiff midgets and their nucular “spearheads”!!

  2. Thanks a lot, great article.

  3. bruce: lol on cardiff midgets. see this triple play: ‘Islamic State jihadists could be plotting terror attack on Cardiff Nato summit, former Foreign Office minister claims’

    question: how easy would it be to build missile bases in latvia, estonia, and lithuania (if those are indeed the only nations) in secret? surely that’s part of the plan, isn’t it? opinions, anyone?

  4. h, mark. glad you came. it is sincerely a copy paste post, but i flipped out when i saw the piece. i’d left a few links for you at the tag end of the ‘sheer insanity’ ukraine post, one on mh17.

    very interesting concerning the black boxes, control tower tapes (thought the usb had them?), though i don’t know the source at all:

    three others i thought i’d include just in case anyone might want to read them….*and* had the time.

    KUALA LUMPUR: INTELLIGENCE analysts in the United States had already concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it.

    Mike Whitney’s ‘Ukraine in 15 minutes’

    ‘Russia Moves Artillery Units Into Ukraine, NATO Says’ from the NYT

    that last one contains some hilarious propaganda!

  5. Boogedy-BOOGEDY! (My wife and I, as Florida crackers have safaried the state for a Florida panther sighting … “There ARE NO panthers!” , she says).
    “Well” (to quote Raygun), There ARE NO TERRISTS! (Only the DESPOTUS/ CIA/NSA/NIS, ad nauseum). But it’s No SECRET, you don’t need siloed missile bases as our Soviet comrades innovatively demonstrated Cold Wars ago ( Yet, we’re still SO Iron Dumb with our sessile vulnerable Maginot line of cornfield silos, we’re Obamanably double-thinking a first strike is gonna be survivable? It’s simply The END.

    Were more of US’ strategists of the calibre of Whitney, we might stand a chance of nucularly Standing DOWN (AND Living IN PEACE)

  6. reader supported news, maybe you could also post there?

  7. from their site ” Writing for Godot is a forum where our readers can post their own essays.”

    run by person who started truth

  8. Surprise, On Point Radio (NPR) had a guest first hour, explaining what the MSM so far has not spoken, US involvement back in Feb and up to today, John Mearsheimer.

    Following this and local. Thanks, back out to take advantage of the weather.

  9. Fred the Commie

    Might makes right, you must agree. Poor American slobs had no idea what they were in for, thanks to spectacular American entertainment!

    Hey hey, who wants to viddie the apocalypse?

  10. lol. hold those thoughts. i’d, too, had to have headed to the garden to rescue crops and above all…flowers. basil’s kickin’ my ass, though, time-wise…

    ‘fred the commie’, too fun, but not ‘igor the commie’?

    mearsheimer, nonq; cool. he was on a crosstalk with stephen cohen not long ago.

    more as i’m able (and i’m sure there’s a groucho marks line that should come with that). feelin’ pretty much old n the way these days…

  11. Mebbe Marx, “From each according to his/her ability … “; but now, The NEED overwhelms! – Old, but Still LEADING The way!

  12. Fred the Commie

    Ignore the Commie?

    Bruce: Old, but still suppressed, comrade!

  13. Mebbe The MA$$E$. But, the truth truly DOES Set US free (can you alternately imagine the psychic locks and chains weighing upon the less than 0, DESPOTUS Oppressident, as he begins another day of banal duplicity?). The same can be perceived for all his other self-0botomized acolytes and cabal of complicity. WAHRHEIT MACHT FREI – Comrade Lennon

  14. loved the beatles Riff Applied. ‘leading the way’ to falling asleep, lol. conked out instead of…ya know. getting my chores done.

    okay, then: ‘olga the communist, comrade. lemme wake up a bit. oh, my; it’s raining again. how very welcome it is.

  15. Fred the Commie

    Why is a woman still not safe
    When she’s in her home?

    Cause she always need Don Hegemonster to protect her from the big red wolf. Ha ha ha.

  16. Fred the Commie

    Bruce: The Lead Belcher of Western Culture: “Cause they like us out there, even though the bosses in the Kremlin may not. The kids from there do. And that to me is very important for the future of the race.”

    Gottdammit, can these capitalist idiots get anymore hilarious?

  17. point taken on portable missile systems, but ‘ringing russia with missile bases’ is still operant, no? i guess sea-basing will part of the plan, with or without ‘host nation’ permission. but ay yi yi, it was my understanding that those three nations weren’t already nato members. i checked, nato yes they were absorbed by the borg in 2004. ??? but this is kinda cool timing just ahead of cardiff. ‘increase ties’, see? as in hilary’s ‘by way of a backdoor’:

    and from the same guardian piece in the OT, this hilarity:
    “Ukraine follows its own path. That will be demonstrated at the summit because we will have a Nato-Ukraine summit meeting,” said Rasmussen. “It is actually what we will decide to do at the summit, to help them build the capacity of their security sector, modernise it.” even funnier, on the right sidebar was an oped asking why the hell the US reps weren’t in mink. ‘got em on speed dial’.

    and of course, one of the most orwellian operant terms is: ‘limited tactical nukes’.

  18. okay, comrade ludwig: that’s just sexist bullshit about needing the hegemonster. stop it.

  19. Fred the Commie

    Eh eh eh eh. I get under your peel too easy, comrade. Good commie woman know not to let Don Hegemonster feed her that “whoman nature” line. While it probably has some genetic basis – her he-man protect her from sex marauders (which, ironically, is good for genetic diversity) – when institutionalized it easily develops into puffed-up he-hegemonstrosity. Good commie her-man sees that bullshit everywheres, ironically when the he-hegemonsters are worst able to protect her.

  20. Fred the Commie

    Obama’s sanctions against Russia have virtually no impact on US economic interests. Only the Europeans will feel the pinch. Merkel’s support for the US-NATO coup in Kiev and the ongoing military assault against the anti-coup democrats in Eastern Ukraine is leading to a revival of the Cold War confrontational policies toward Russia, and has alienated the majority of German producers and exporters as well as the German public.

    Deutchland’s Mutter give the Hegemonster his way but she pays!

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  21. I’m ashamed at what embarasses me more, being Anders’ son (thank goodness I’m Swedish decent* *not sic) or comrade Fred’s suggestive ‘hegemony’.
    In any case, the models have been run on tactical nuke use(less); the “losing” side will go strategically Samson … And TRA LA LA. But it may be the Danish Fogue’s madness to tie up the Swedes (their tactical “nuke” fighters actually Fly, SUPERLATIVELY!). EU! Isn’t that Wolfsangel SPECIAL? :

    I’d have hoped they’d have stayed neutral, still; in the face of US’ resurrection of fascist barbarism in Eurasia for the second time in a century!

  22. Fred the Commie

    Jah, those nuclear he-men are irredeemable hegemonsters – how else could you handle becoming Death?

    Fascists were useful to hegemonsters before, don’t you suppose Mutter knows? Besides, these are Cossack flavor – this second time is farce.

  23. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who famously declared in 2003, “Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think; it is something we know.” Cables released by WikiLeaks have further shown the former Danish prime minister to be a tool of Washington.

    I bet he’s one well coiffed poodle!

  24. More like a BroHolmer:


  25. Fred the Commie

    Look at this puny Danish:
    “BreedLove” makes him look like a chihuahua!

  26. Fred the Commie

    Look at this puny Danish:

    “BreedLove” makes him look like a chihuahua!

  27. Fred the Commie

    Thank goodness for these morbid comedians, otherwise I’d never have learnt to stop worry and love the bomb.

  28. Typical martinet pastry assortment! You’re on A ROLL, Ein Berliner.

  29. commie freddie: you live to needle.

    we lost our connectivity yesterday afternoon, possibly due to lightning. obviously the signals have been restored, but i’m behind already today: it’s thursday o’clock, and i have a Killer Kop diary to write, messes to clean up (actual and figurative), so carry on. ;)

    markf: you’d asked some questions about paul craig roberts hatred, and i dug out this from jack balkwill’s liberty underground newsletter from the 21st. i’d meant to include it with those other links.

    “I’ve received a lot of death threats and other nasty attacks for my writings over the years, never so much as when I wrote a piece critical of President George W. Bush at the height of his popularity just after he invaded Iraq. I got over 2,000 emails on that one, and they kept coming for over a year. Corporate media had convinced the masses that Iraq had to be invaded.

    So I know how Paul Craig Roberts (PCR) feels as he verbally lays waste to the excesses of the establishment. He recently wrote a column about the email he gets, bashing him as a traitor, unpatriotic and the like.

    I’ve received criticism for running PCRs columns over the years because he was once known as a conservative. Not just any conservative, but at the top of the conservative establishment, honored as a senior fellow at some of the largest conservative think tanks, an editor at The National Review and Wall Street Journal, and an undersecretary of the Treasury under Reagan. But those think tanks have removed any vestige of his existence, and he has become persona non grata in the American establishment.

    Telling the truth about the actions of the establishment, in the Land of the Free, always results in one’s being spurned and isolated from the power structure, and PCR is being punished for the stands he has taken in recent years.

    The late Alex Cockburn published PCR before I did, or I probably would never have noticed him. Some on the left expect people to have been born a red diaper baby and remain pure all their lives.

    What makes us different at LUV News is that we know people can change– some of our members were once conservatives, and some were once liberals, but at some point they realized these are nebulous terms used to manipulate people into following pettifoggers who serve the ruling Forces of Greed and their National Security State.

    PCR is one who transcended his old label. In his latest piece, following, he dares President Putin to lay down a challenge to the Empire, and if the Empire doesn’t accept, to simply take Eastern Ukraine and make it part of Russia. Such a thing will not be allowed in the New York Times –Jack Balkwill”

    Ukraine Crisis Continues — Paul Craig Roberts

  30. oh, and bruce: i may need to read your ’embarrassment’ genealogy comment again to grasp it…

  31. Only endeavoring to awl comrade Fred and ‘Vater’ Anders’ ashes without overt offensiveness. But for both, here’s A GRATE acronym: NATO (“Nazi Amerikan Terror Organization”).

  32. Paul Craig Rober(ts):

    Karl Marx regarded morality as a rationale for class interests. As each class created a morality to justify its interests, there was no basis for good will between people. With reform impossible, violence becomes the only effective method of change. Washington has its own version of Marx’s doctrine. As the exceptional country, history has chosen the US to prevail over other countries’ interests. Prevailing rules out diplomacy which requires compromise. Therefore, Washington, like Marx, relies on violence.

    Komrade Marx a terrorist? The dialectic is only intellectual violence? No, comrade Balkwill, poor PCR has not changed. He’s still the same conservative fighting the same bogeymen, only those murderous Socialists are now in charge of his guberment! Ha ha ha ha ha.

    Hey, wasn’t Reagan “used to manipulate people into following [pettifoggery] who serve the ruling Forces of Greed and their National Security State”? And PCR is still defending him (Reggie only had two goals and he achieved them … ha ha ha ha ha).

    PCR’s analysis of western hegemonstrosity is shallow: exceptionalism is prole fodder. Hegemonstrosity is it’s own justification (plus it allows you those delightful war crimes without legal consequence). Funny all these conservo-liberals didn’t notice that years ago …

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …

    I don’t know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
    I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
    Looking into their eyes I see them running too
    […. Running on empty, running blind]

  33. Fred, the CommieRad

    Gottdamm, Paul, you can’t tell the difference between a fascist and a socialist … because you’re a centrist?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  34. Fred the CommieRed

    the function of the Internet in general: let people howl and rage over whatever they want, use up their emotional energy, while nothing actually has to change, yet people feel like they’ve accomplished something.

    You may grouse, but do not agitate, saith the drone Lord.

  35. Let the drone Lord come To FERGUSON, mein Berliner.

  36. christ in a canoe, fred, will you please stop spamming the comment stream with your needling? wouldn’t it just figure that THIS is the day that wordpress starts sending me comments by email again?

  37. Fred the Commie

    Ah, Ferguson, the downtrodden chorus chimes again! Another opportunity to extend the arrest records of activists and organize the beleaguered masses!

    Is this the revolution, comrade? It’s all so sad and povertous. I applaud you Chairman Yeshitela but the drone Lord laughs.

  38. Fred the Commie

    Ah, my dear voodoo doll, WordPress is my ally?

    Hee hee.

  39. seems so, freddie, at least for today. but wordpress is MY ally that i can block your IP address from comments if you don’t mean to engage in serious conversation. but perhaps given your supreme jocularity, you may not be capable of that. and i did delete two of your thrice posted comments. but iow: who cares?

  40. Fred the Commie

    Block my IP? Ha ha ha ha. I have long pins, comrade.

    Sorry about the overposts. Am out of practice.

  41. wd you should have a look at vineyard of the saker, according to that site, and mike whitney, russians are routing the kiev army. explains why merkel is suddenly so reasonable.

  42. i will, markf, at least if whitney has a new one. i linked to one of his recent ones. saker’s site is very hard for me to read, aside from the fact that he is admittedly, such a partisan. there were a number of commenters at ian welsh’s site saying that ian’s recent thesis was dead wrong, and that the novorossians are indeed kicking ass.

    i also just breezed thru ds wright’s post about yats (yats? wtf?) asked if ukraine could be admitted to nato. is that because they smell defeat? a post at naked capitalism says that the gas situation to europe is already getting dicey, but i didn’t red past the headline.

    oh, and goodness. reader supported news is full of heavy hitters; i can’t imagine my wee posts would qualify for the place. i did cross-post for a bit at, but it’s not a place that leads to comments/conversation. also, lots of those places only format via html, and i don’t know nuffin’ bout all that. but thanks for the idea.

    i just scrolled upstream, and found this one. when i have some time (hello!) i’ll look at counterpunch. the freaks in kiev have done some evil bombing and shelling of the SE, though. evil bastards.

  43. oh, my. here it is; i will have to read it later, though. so many chores to finish yet today, and i got side-tracked reading transcripts at the real news concerning ferguson. police killing is simply running amok, and right now that’s ascendant in my psyche, for better or worse.

    Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine

    opening graphs are instructive. putin haters say that all he has to do is wait while ukraine implodes, and…

  44. ” i can’t imagine my wee posts would qualify for the place. ”

    they have two sites, one is for the not heavy hitters, I think. no matter.

    I don’t read the saker blog at all, except mike whitney posted a link.

    sooner or later we’ll know the truth about what happened there.

    one thing for sure, lots of people killed, maimed, and homes and businesses destroyed. for nothing.

    Obama, he’s got a lot of blood on his hands now.

  45. oh, a bit like the reader diaries at fdl? i’ll look again.

    while i admire your faith that one day we’ll now the truth, some truths we only discovered after decades, really. they call it ‘revisionist history’, and some never believe. think how many amurricans still believe that sadam hd wmd, and the same fellow at the NYT is still spouting the stuff mike whitney quoted. i’d put another one of his agitprop pieces up here it was so funny.

    yes, it was all secretly, stealthily done in the name of this capitalist empire. the list of investments by western multinationals is extensive, from fracked gas, pipelines, to monsanto and cargill non-gmo cropland.

    ever wonder why ‘the intercept’ hasn’t brought any snowden doc revelations about ukraine? er…pierre, in a word.

  46. yeah, yeah, sir spamalot. we know pcr’s wiki, author of reaganomincs, yada, yada. and no, he is a *former* economist, and has much to answer for. the essay at counterpunch looks interesting, but has nothing to do with the conversations we’re trying to have here now.

  47. Fred the Commie

    WIKIPEDIA, first sentence: “Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist” …

    Ha ha ha.

    Three decades later and still on the wrong track. Boy did they miseducate those patriots!

  48. If only PCR knew what you know eh Fred?

  49. Fred, the Comrade

    Well, then he wouldn’t be a bourgeois propagandist, would he comrade?

  50. “Most the rebel fighters that VICE News spoke to in Novoazovsk were Donbas locals, many miners, from the nearby Ukrainian towns of Krasnodon, Alchevsk, Sloviansk, and Kramatorsk.”

    august 29

  51. But the army-issue radio communications, Russian military vehicles without license plates, and freshly painted armored personnel carriers on display here hinted at outside support, as did a handful of silent, professional-looking gunmen who kept to the background wearing sunglasses.

    And, out of earshot of the militia, some of the locals whispered to VICE News that the tanks had come into town from Russia, saying that they “couldn’t have come any other way.”

    That’s all prostitute/hegemonster N(ew)land needs to whip a ship of spectating fools into jingo-dom.

  52. the vice piece does seem to be a bit muddled about its message. i read whitney’s current piece, and yeppers: a barnburner. mr wd loves him, but i continue to take some of his conclusions with a wee grain of salt, as i do paul craig roberts’.

    i sucked it up and went to the saker’s place, saw this by peter koenig, and found it reposted here and there. i chose jim quinn’s ‘burning platform’.

  53. fried commie: you’ve had your warning, and how clever of you to come back with a new name. i’ll let this comment survive, but if you continue to spam the comments with your creepier, off-topic arrogant, holier-than-thou jive, i’ll block you permanently, not just send your comments to the moderation queue. i hope you understand me.

  54. thanks not sure what motivates such people.

  55. good article. he makes good points. same as with say, ferguson, constant distractions from the real problem. who did what where when to within a millimetre.

    6 shots, no nine.

    sure seems at this point that the goal is chaos.


  56. Fried Green Commie

    “… every 30-50 years the Western civilization tries to impose on us their opinion and their way of life”
    Call it the hegemonster itch.

  57. i won’t put him on my figurative couch, but it seems like a love for entertainment by jejune needling. like ‘hegemonster’, how cute. meh.

  58. Fried Green Commie-Unionist

    Since approximately 2004, […] simplistic American assumptions about who is bad and who is good once chuckled at on the continent, are the new normal in the editorial boards [of] Europe’s “prestige press”.

    And because of this, the US can now impose its invented “imperial realities” upon Europe’s citizenry with relative ease.


    I cannot explain exactly how this dramatic transformation in the European opinion-making system was effected. But in light of what we now know from the Snowden revelations, I would not be at all surprised if, at some time in the not too distant future, we find that the US poured enormous clandestine resources into a concerted drive to make this crucial change in “consensus management” take place.

    Rasmussen not the only poodle, comrades.

  59. well, no. as thd keeps instructing us, NATO has completely colonized europe over the past 70 years (or however many). here are the mouthpieces for many of the subservient poodles. yes, some folks hoped that merkel would be the exception, but all bets on that seem to be off now. she is giving him shoulder massages now (a la dubya givin’ one to her.)

    while no one was looking, sweden and finland became ‘special friends’ of nato’s. (reuters had it up)

  60. Fried Commie-Unionist

    Ah, you glossed over his point, which is that the introduction of cyber-spying post-911 correlates to editorial suppression in Europe.

  61. Umm just a wee point of clarification. NATO has not colonized ALL of Europe.

    Ireland is not a member. Because the principle of neutrality was written into it. A central part in fact. This is why Irish peacekeepers are so respected in Africa. Oh and unlike here, Ireland and our Constitution actually means something.

  62. i stand corrected, michael cavlan, and thank you for that good reminder.

  63. I know a Serbian immigrant, came after the siege of sarajevo. He has a friend who is a recent immigrant from western ukraine.

    the Ukranian told the Serb, that he doesn’t really consider the Russian eastern people to be Ukrainian. He has Nothing against them, but doesn’t care if they form their own country. Not really part of what he thinks of as the Ukraine.

    exactly as PCR has been saying.

    also the Serbian guy mentioned that, as far as he is concerned, parts of Yugoslavia voted to separate and form new countries (Kosovo was one) , which is exactly the same as Crimea separating.

  64. interesting, mark. there does seem to be a lot of tribalism at play in this, especially considering the ugly racist remarks about the russian speaking people in the east. yulia tymenshenko (banderist pol) was said to have offered that kyiv should ‘nuke them’, for instance. it’s not lost on russia that just ahead of the nato summit, a pole was ‘elected’ to head the EU council, and he is dutifully tweeting out HELP, the russians are coming! messages.

    (i really should stay off nato’s tweetie account for my mental health…) but more and more nations say they’re planning on sending arms to the ukie military, another sign that they’re in trouble militarily.

  65. rotflmao! i’d been collecting links for a possible satire on how we know russia…la la la…and just went to the kyiv post to grab a few things. turns out that yulia has her own page there. too much.

  66. wouldn’t waste more than five seconds on that stuff

  67. In the end, would you rather someone *not* spotlight the enemy within? those are the greatest traitors to a nation, according to marcus aurelius, and i agree.

  68. Hiya wendye,
    Curious coincidence but the NATO minesweepers, wood and bronze and stainless steel were possibly products of skilled crafts-people I know and went to HS with, if M-06 is one of the same class as those that were built locally. I see that variants were built internationally. Exceptional personal and native shipbuilding skills for such egregious ends.

  69. well, that IS a curious coincidence, nonquixote. yes, sad that such tradecraft will be used to…’protect NATO allies’ from…er…what was that again? oh, yes: Putin’s hegemonic impulses!

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