[ Editor’s Note: Putin’s options, hinted to by the Belarus president a few weeks ago is to move his own first strike and defensive missiles closer to his eastern border to face those of the US and NATO. In a conflict, an aggressor will want to destroy the target’s command centers and military concentrations in a critical first punch to get the initiative.
As for Ukraine, a war would be over in a few days when its offensive capacity would have to be destroyed quickly. It is a sacrificial lamb for the US and NATO, where its destruction would give a green flag to fully engage the Russian military while pretending not to be the aggressor.
Even threatening this silliness where everybody still has a bunch of nukes is insanity.
France and Germany failed miserably as ‘guarantors’ of the Minsk agreement in terms of making Kiev live up to them. The US never took issue with them over that. Kiev wanted ‘forever aid’ and military funding, and a peace deal would have killed that.
These military institutions always want to expand themselves. When there are no pending threats, they have to deploy the psyops brigades to invent some.
I have a British WWI book on this, how the slick operators sold all kinds of stuff that Germany was willing to pay top dollar for by shipping it through neutral Sweden. I have a book on WWII where we had industrialists and banksters doing something similar but going through Switzerland.
They used their Swiss bank accounts in a particular back to make payments, just shifting from one account to another to avoid an inter-bank transfer. The Blue Bloods made out quite well for themselves, including the Bush family. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]
First published December 12, 2021
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he would ponder a slew of options if the West fails to meet his push for security guarantees precluding NATO’s expansion to Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Moscow submitted draft security documents demanding that NATO deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries and roll back its military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.
Putin has urged the West to move quickly to meet the demands, warning that Moscow will have to take “adequate military-technical measures” if the West continues its “aggressive” course “on the threshold of our home.”
Asked to specify what such Moscow’s response could be, he said in comments aired by Russian state TV Sunday that “it could be diverse,” adding without elaboration that “it will depend on what proposals our military experts submit to me.”
…“We didn’t do it just to see it blocked … but for the purpose of reaching a negotiated diplomatic result that would be fixed in legally binding documents,” Putin said.
…“We have nowhere to retreat,” he said, adding that NATO could deploy missiles in Ukraine that would take just four or five minutes to reach Moscow. “They have pushed us to a line that we can’t cross. They have taken it to the point where we simply must tell them; ‘Stop!’”