Russia Fed Up With US "Lecturing" As Pentagon Deploys 250 Tanks To Eastern Europe

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On Monday we noted that Europe has moved to extend economic sanctions on Russia for another six months in response to Moscow’s alleged role in fueling the violence that now plagues Eastern Ukraine. This marks the latest escalation in the ongoing standoff between the Kremlin and the West and underscores the pace at which the situation is deteriorating. Here’s a recap of recent events:

Ukraine has seen its worst outbreak of violence since February’s ‘ceasefire’ this month, with both sides blaming the other for the intensification of hostilities. Meanwhile, the US has dusted off the Cold War playbook (although, ironically, Defense Secretary Ash Carter claims Washington’s stepped up “containment” efforts are part of a new, more modern strategy designed to help America avoid being pulled back into the Cold War), suggesting heavy weapons may be stored in Eastern Europe to ensure NATO forces can deploy quickly in the face of Russian “aggression.” Last week, Belgium, Austria, and France froze Russian state assets in an attempt to enforce an effectively unenforceable ECHR decision stemming from the long-running Yukos debacle, while Germany, Norway, The Czech Republic, and The Netherlands rehearsed a Ukraine siege in Poland.

Now, just a few days after NATO’s latest proxy war dress rehearsal, and just 24 hours after Ash Carter accused Russia of "nuclear saber rattling", we have more details on the Pentagon’s plan to deploy heavy weapons in Eastern Europe. Speaking at a joint press conference, the Defense Secretary outlined the scope of US weapons deployment:

“We will temporarily stage one armoured brigade combat team's vehicles and associated equipment in countries in central and eastern Europe. This pre-positioned European activity set includes tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery. [Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland have] agreed to host company- to battalion-sized elements of this equipment.” 


(Carter looking particularly pleased on Monday)

In other words, here's what working towards de-escalation and peaceful coexistence looks like to Washington: "250 tanks, Bradleys, and self-propelled howitzers, and associated armoured brigade combat team equipment [stationed] in Baltic and Central European countries."

Meanwhile, Russia’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law (yes, someone actually has that job title in Russia) has accused the US of sabatoging a bilateral agreement aimed at the pursuit of "common national interests" by adopting a "teacher-pupil" mentality. Here's TASS:

Russia is ready to conduct an equal dialogue with the United States and is against the US lecturing on democracy building principles, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov told TASS on Tuesday.


"The Russian-American presidential commission included the civil society group, and there were plans to continue its work," Dolgov said. "But then we got the general answer that the United States was ‘so concerned’ about human rights in Russia that decided to freeze this group among the first — that’s the alogism."


"We’ve never shed and don’t shed any tears over this," the diplomat said. "By the way, the Russian and US civil societies are communicating."


He said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recently commented on the general situation in relations with the United States. "We’ve received signals from the United States that they are willing to resume dialogue with us one way or another," the Russian Foreign Ministry commissioner said. "We are fully ready for such a dialogue."


The diplomat said Russia had very many problems with Washington in the human rights sphere, in particular, the situation with arrests of Russians in third countries at American requests, the situation with Russian children adopted by US families.


"Dialogue is always a two-way street. The ‘teacher-pupil’ formula will not work anymore," he said. "It will be only an equal dialogue and we are ready to conduct this kind of dialogue."


"And if they want to lecture us on democracy building ways, let them lecture students at some American university," Dolgov said.

The reference here is to the 2009 U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission. In April of last year, the US "temporarily suspended several projects and meetings planned under the auspices of the Commission" due to what Washington calls "Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." After cancelling the projects, the US proceeded to channel the associated funds straight to Ukraine:

"Funding for these activities has instead been used to contribute to a package of U.S. assistance to Ukraine, which is supporting economic reform and addressing other pressing needs."

Fortunately for Dolgov, it doesn't appear as though he, or any other Russian diplomats for that matter, will be forced to endure a "lecture" on democracy from the US anytime soon because as the positioning of 250 Bradleys and self-propelled howitzers, and associated armoured brigade combat team equipment" in Eastern Europe makes clear, the time for dialogue of any kind has long since passed.

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JustObserving's picture

But doesn't Russia not know that the US is led by a Nobel Prize Winner who has the privilege of droning women and children and wedding parties with impunity and bombing 7 Muslim countries and destabilizing Ukraine? And Russia is led by a demented "mass-murderer" per the free and fair press of the West

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Pentagon Deploys 250 Tanks To Eastern Europe

Forget US tanks.  Where is the Pentagon putting our Russian SAM systems?

Ignatius's picture

Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

ILLILLILLI's picture

Sage words plainly spoken by someone who clearly knew the subtleties of the game... 

nuubee's picture

Hermann was no fool. Pompous maybe, but no fool.

Bumpo's picture

The Pentagon is running out of places to use their toys

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire's picture

Oh, don't worry about that.  The neocons are rummaging around in Asia for new wars.

svayambhu108's picture

A lot of thinkers compared USA as a young nation with a spoiled brat and we all know what a spoiled brat does when he is getting old: a lot of drinking, a lot of debt, a big mouth, pushing everybody, it all finishes with a blow in the nose from the most sitted and remote guy that had enough, then all the people come to give a punch and collect the debt.



Ginsengbull's picture

USA 239 years and counting.


Soviet Union 69 years and "kaput".


Modern Russia less than 24 years.


I see your point, but what does it have to do with the USA?

pot_and_kettle's picture

And what about the Russia that every single Russian ( not our political masters in the US ) identifies with?  Or is it inconvenient to your point to look at the country's origin in late 10th century?

Ginsengbull's picture

"it all finishes with a blow in the nose from the most sitted and remote guy that had enough, then all the people come to give a punch and collect the debt."


That's what.

zhandax's picture

You protest like a paid .gov stooge.  Who is worse?

dogismycopilot's picture

uh the country we know has Russia has existed in one form or another - ideology aside - for more than 900 years.

r101958's picture

Got to stage them there so they can be used/destroyed in a false flag event that can then be blamed on Russia. Then there will be an excuse to attack as a 'defensive action'.

HowdyDoody's picture

A comment from Dmitry Orlov

"You want to invest in military hardware? Well, nobody wants tired old American stuff; just about everybody—even our friends the Iraqis, and now even the Saudis—are interested in buying Russian. Plus the Americans don't even know what to do with the stuff they already have. Accidentally give some more of it to ISIS or to the Yemenis? Abandon it in Afghanistan for the Taliban to play with? The latest plan is to stockpile it on Russia's borders, so that the Russians can use it for target practice, blowing it up with their long-range artillery without having to invade anyone."


Freddie's picture

The USSA makes a lot of expensive shit now.  See who General Dynamics - Crown/Krinsky crime family really is.

You will understand more why JFK and RFK were whacked and why they push endless war. LBJ and Obola's close ties with these criminals.  They just want endless war so Congress can buy more and more shitty tanks and other weapons system for "full spectrum" shittiness.

The Iraqis supposedly were buying Russian stuff last month or the month before and Russian tanks were being delivered to Iraq.


conscious being's picture

Those Bradleys are supposed to be rolling coffins. They have a high profile and originally they had aluminum "armor". Maybe they still do?

angel_of_joy's picture

Wanna know more about the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle ? Watch "The Pentagon Wars". It's actually quite funny... and educative !

hal10000's picture

It won't even get that far, I think.

This kind of announcement isn't geared to intimidate Moscow, it's designed to send a message to the domestic press that the leadership of the USA is doing something.  It's about telling the media to up the anti-Putin invective and propaganda.  Which, of course, the MSM is always fully willing to abide.  This is the illusion of taking action.  Expect the DoD and the MSM to meter out this constantly.  Dribble here, spurt there.  Simply to keep the anti-Putin memories fresh and lingering.

But pieces like this are for domestic consumpition.  Putin afraid of a tiny number of Bradleys?  I dn't think so.  Iraqi farmer and Afghani beggars made mincemeat of ISAF and the American military.  The US military is a paper tiger and everyone knows it, just few are willing to publicly admit it.

it's not surprise that American battlefield commanders now have the right to go "nuclear" in the field.  Even the Pentagon and those that run the show all know this.

zhandax's picture

It's about outprinting the Russians.  It worked in the 80's, why not try it again?  Remember who is manning the presses.  They need an exponential expansion of debt to keep this fucker from imploding.  Where can we get some more in large chunks?

indygo55's picture

Where is John Kerry in all of this? I haven't heard a peep out of him for weeks. I wonder how hig broken leg is doing. Maybe there is something to that rumor about him getting shot. 

zhandax's picture

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

StychoKiller's picture

Wasn't it the very same US military that showed the World how easy it is to cook troops in tanks in Iraq?

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Oh regional Indian's picture

Goodness, comment section on a hilarious roll today, one after another.

Very funny Mr. Shogun...

HonkyShogun's picture
HonkyShogun (not verified) Oh regional Indian Jun 23, 2015 2:26 PM

You definitely don't want to be their POW.

taoJones's picture

Maybe the US is leaving the military hardware there for ISIS to pick up on its march to the North Pole?

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BlackChicken's picture

Look Tyler, another spammer account to delete.

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Winston Churchill's picture

I'm starting a book on when WWIII is going to kick off.

Wagers in gold only please.Dates,not months.

prefan4200's picture

You're a little late.  WWIII has already kicked off.  Try to keep up.

Winston Churchill's picture

For the historians, if any survive, yes, WWIII started 2 days ofter the Sochi olympics.

Open conflict between NATO and Russia(and its allies in the SCO), if you please.

Bunghole's picture

The PR blitz started before the Sochi olympics with those stupid Sochi toilet photos.

The sheeple ate that shit up.


TungstenBars's picture

There has been subtle anti russian propaganda in the USA since the cold war, and Putin has been a target since around the time the US realized he wasnt going to be bought by them. But yes, the very aggressive and in your face propaganda started before Sochi. I wonder how the lemmings can be so blind as to not notice the coincidence. The lemmings will get what they deserve for their gullibility and stupidity.  I wont feel sorry for them when the East crushes them..

Ginsengbull's picture

Putin was bought.


They have the receipt.

Freedom In Your Lifetime's picture

WWF is less harmful and more entertaining than this nationalistic bullshit. Fuck all mentally ill statists and their wars.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

World Wildlife Fund? You must be referring to WWE... they lost a legal battle to take the name of an animal conservation society and put it on an imaginary pretend "sport" soap opera. That tells you everything you need to know about Americas priorities.

BeaverCream's picture

Ashton carter, looks like a douchebag....I didn't even know who this douche was until now....FTGE.

813kml's picture

Ashton Carter is a hardened warrior whose tactical genius was honed via hours and hours of Dungeons & Dragons in his parent's basement.

Meat Hammer's picture

Dungeons & Dragons = Pussy Repellant

bonin006's picture

Is it just me, or does he have a striking resemblance to Alfred E Newman?

HowdyDoody's picture

He has another nickname - Stoobie as in "My God, who left the stoobie that's blocking the toilet".

NotApplicable's picture

I was very happy to have no idea who the current SecDef is.

One day I hope to be as equally happy to have no idea who POTUS is.

kchrisc's picture

Ashton Carter knows what side of his bread to put Zion's butter.

And where near Russia to place the goy tripwire.

Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission..

farflungstar's picture

They replaced Chuck Hagel, a combat verteran with this know it all ivy league neocon cunt - Hagel probably had too many just and rational reservations about the asinine Pentagon plan they got going on now. Remember the endless hearings to confirm Hagel to his post because Graham, McCain and Kommandant Netanyahu were worried he wasn't pro-israel enough? No such concerns with WASPy over here - look at the picture on Wikipedia of him and tell me this doesn't spring immediately to mind:

"Something about your face makes me want to slap the shit put of it."