NATO General Admits Russia Is Not A Threat To The Region

Tyler Durden's picture

Over the course of the past few months, the United States has pushed NATO to build up troops on Russia's border, held war games in its backyard, and deployed aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean in order to send a message to Russia of what the US is capable of. The rationale for such actions has always been very vaguely communicated, but as NATO European Command General  Philip Breedlove said, it has all been to send a signal of deterrence to Russia.

Granted, over two years ago Russia annexed Crimea, however since that time the turmoil in that area has been relatively quiet. The reality is that, according to General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, there is no intelligence that suggests Russia is planning any broad-scale aggression whatsoever.

According to General Pavel, NATO is not contemplating any further troop build-up in Eastern Europe beyond what's already been done, and as Reuters reports, Pavel claims that the build-up was just in hopes of discouraging Russia from orchestrating the kind of campaign it used to annex the Crimea peninsula. However what Pavel said next is most interesting:

"Deployment of substantial military force is not being considered. It is not the aim of NATO to create a military barrier against broad-scale Russian aggression, because such aggression is not on the agenda and no intelligence assessment suggests such a thing."

Well that's quite a statement, because the actions of the US and NATO have completely contradicted that assessment. If Pavel is correct, and there is no actual intelligence that suggests any aggression is being planned by Russia, then either the US is trying to provoke the country into action on purpose, which is always a possibility, or another possibility is one that we pointed out last week, and that is the Saudi's are pressuring the US to get rid of Assad. If the US accommodates that request from its good friend Saudi Arabia, then a direct conflict with Russia would be imminent, as Russia has made it very clear that the US isn't to take Assad out militarily. If the US knows it is going to go ahead and topple Assad at the behest of the Saudi's, then it would make sense to have an already established force surrounding Russia's border to deter any immediate action.

Whatever the reason for the build-up, we will be watching closely to see how this ultimately plays out.


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1980XLS's picture

Hillary Needs military industrial complex jobs.

That's all she has. Please, stop fearmongering

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

MICdonalds is place for cheap weapon and is fast. Over 1B served!

santafe's picture

It's NONE of these things. What they WON'T TELL YOU about the conflict with Russia.

GreatUncle's picture

Seen link load, a of bollocks do me a favour work out what the fuck is going on not this total trash.

See the man wants you to think like a twat you are doing well and then he can demean you character to deflect from what he is really doing.

The real shit is the 1% and how then control the whole world and screw everybody over for their own pleasure. Now in this game if more money can be made blowing the twin towers then the twin towers will be blown got fuck all to do with anything else. Ditto for all the other sovereigns, Erdogan a wanker, but in the end he will sell his soul for money, ditto Saudi, ditto EU, ditto USA, ditto UK.

It is all a load of bollocks.

Reality check Putin might be an evil bastard, guess what i can live with that it is all the mind games of the others pretending to be nice like the USA / EU that is really pissing me off.

johngaltfla's picture

CGSBACJPMMSBoEFedBoJECB need a good war. Profits are down. Stock prices are slumping. Quick, someone sink the U.S.S. Maine in the Black Sea!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

NATO General, this is Dick Van Dyke of Mary Tyler Poppin fame?

Dickweed Wang's picture

The real shit is the 1% and how then control the whole world and screw everybody over for their own pleasure.


And how do they accomplish that without getting blamed for the damage caused to all of us??  By making it so that the USA hates Russia, Christians hate Muslims, that straights hate gays, republicans hate democrats, the right hates the left, blacks hate whites, etc. etc. etc.  It will only change when we all put down our BULLSHIT differences made up by the 1% and go after THEM with a vengance.  Don't hold your breath waiting for this though while "they" control 95% of the MSM (teevee, radio and newspapers) world wide . . . .

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 5:19 PM


General Pavel?   Sounds like one of them commies to me.   

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In future not so far, General Grovel.

RawPawg's picture

the ole 2 prong attack of Syria/Russian border routine

this should end well

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

What idiot, some day soon NATO is either speak Russian or Arabic. Bunch of toothless whore and men without testicle!

BingoBoggins's picture

you gotta way wit' woids, Boris

Dickweed Wang's picture

Disregarding the point of his comment, IMO the guy does pretty good writing in something that obviously is a 2nd language to him.  How many of the typical morons in the USA can even speak a few words in a language other than English?  And of that same group how many can even speak (or better yet, write) English correctly??

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Thanks is to Google Translate, but spasibo! Boris is very try, every time!

mary mary's picture

Obama and the Neocon Big Swinging Dicks trying to look tough for whom?  Each other?

I love Obama's "tough face".  It makes me wonder, though, whether he had "tough face" when he was a "community organizer" or whether he got the acting lessons later.

Dickweed Wang's picture

It makes me wonder, though, whether he had "tough face" when he was a "community organizer" . . .


Only when he couldn't get a hold of his gay crack dealer for a week straight . . . .

mary mary's picture

Petr Pavel fought the fascist mafia Croats in the post-Yugoslavian war.  I think he's no coward.  He's Czech.

N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) mary mary Jun 22, 2016 5:27 PM


Like Wiki isn't a commie front.   Petr Pavel picked a pack of pickled commies, that's what I say. 

peddling-fiction's picture

Did ya poke yer finger with yer American flag lapel pin??? <chuckle>

BarkingCat's picture

Sorry but Czechs are not exactly known for having the warrior spirit.

Quite opposite. 

Duc888's picture




"Granted, over two years ago Russia annexed Crimea...."

(rolling eyes), been part of Russia since Catherine The Great.....but WTF, why go with the facts?  Like saying DC annexed Maryland.

bonin006's picture

How come I never anything about how the evil USSA annexed Hawaii?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Crimea seceded from the Ukraine (which it was never legally a part of to begin with) and petitioned the Russian Federation for accession.

West Germany annexed East Germany. Whether or not the citizens of East Germany wanted this was never considered.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Facts??  Who gives a shit about facts then you are a blessed MSM .gov propaganda whore?? 

Here's another FACT not being reported . . . according to researchers familiar with the law in the old USSR, it appears that when Khrushchev "gave" Crimea to the Soviet state of Ukraine in the early 1950's he had absolutely no legal authority to do that . . . in other words placing Crimea under the Ukraine back then violated Soviet law.  Legally then, Crimea has been a part of Russia non-stop for the last 250 years or more . . . .

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ISawThatToo (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 5:35 PM

Banbait #272

My favorite quote from this propaganda piece: "Granted, over two years ago Russia annexed Crimea."

Completely ignores the Khazarian fifth-column's fascist takeover of, and instigation of war in, the Ukraine. Or was that made all okay with Nuland's cookies?!


BarkingCat's picture

I would respond with Hawaii and Diego Garcia.

GreatUncle's picture

Chagos Islands let not the name be forgotten.

Sold out by the UK government to the US.

Then islanders dumped in slums to suffer a horrendous end.

Had enough of these bastards like Pavel, he follows order no matter who he kills he should really turn the gun on himself and pull the trigger.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Chagos Islands let not the name be forgotten.


Which was taken over by the USA for BAT SHIT of all reasons!!  Just shows you where the US's head is at some times . . . .

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

Saudi Arabia and Qatar want to build Oil & Nat. Gas pipelines to Europe...both will need to run through Syria. Saudi is particularly motivated to sell oil to Europe via pipeline ever since Russia became the world's largest oil producer. The US imports far less oil from Saudi now that shale oil is reality so Saudi suffers from a deficit of US dollars as well...sure would be nice to collect Euros to replace them! But...does the US really want to create a demand that big for Euros? What about US dollar hegemony?!

I would wager that if the US squeezes Russia out of the oil sales business with Europe, Saudi Arabia is the odds on favourite to become the victim of a nuclear attack...from?? Russia? Iran? ISIS?

On top of all of that, I think the "world price" of oil is irrelevant now. There are many, many, more oil producers than there were 30 years ago including the Americans now with their seemingly inexhaustible supply. I think oil is a regional play's worth what it's worth to whomever needs it.

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the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 6:12 PM

Pray to your respective prophet that war with Russia remains all talk.


Well actually, what happened in Ukraine is a travesty.

GreatUncle's picture

Dear General Pavel after I vote tomorrow this article will mean nothing.

At that point your life, family everything will mean absolutely zilch.

Dickweed Wang's picture

BREAKING NEWS: "General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, was found dead earlier this evening near his office in Brussels.  Officials of NATO state that the death appears to be a suicide as Pavel was found to have shot himself in the head 24 times with a nail gun found in his office before jumping out of the barred window of that same 8th story office.  CCTV images showed at least two NATO Generals stopping near the body to look without rendering aide to Pavel. In one set of images a NATO General was shown urinating in Pavels face while he lay on the ground helpless.  This is the 2nd European official in the last week to publicly comment that "Russia is not a threat" and then commit suicide "by nail gun" within 24 hours of making that statement. Complete news at 11 . . . "

Taint Boil's picture

To think for a second that Russia would want or need to attack any bordering country is ridiculous …… how anyone could suggest that with a straight face is beyond me.

Russia vs USA


MaxThrust's picture

Nice to see there are still some sane people in NATO with the guts to tell the other side of the story and not what the MSM (ministry of truth) wants us to believe.

looseal's picture

Putin does not play by the owner's rules.  Dreams of selling oil in rubles.

This is the real Russian aggression.  


bid the soldiers shoot's picture

I have nothing against Gen Pavel.  I don't know what position he took in the secret meetings of NATO General Staff.


But I do know that he will not be able to walk the NATO Nazis back to where the the Russo/NATO relationship was just 2 years ago.


Take a look at this link that El_Puerco suggested 2 days ago

Now before you get hysterical and open too many beers, think about the story.  It opens with a photo of an hellacious explosion and fire, which we learn destroyed an undisclosed number of rocket engines.

600 residents were evacuated.  Initial reports claimed 50 were killed. MoD denied anyone died.


Now put on one of my tin foil hats.  There's a special on them his week.  Get in touch with my avatar.

First, the photo.  There are at least 50 companies in Hollywood that can put together a colorful explosion like that and for a price much cheaper than you'd think.

The entire town was evacuated including the CIA old timers who remember when they filmed the Potemkin

But the personnel of the testing range did not have to evacuate.  Were they covering the destroyed rocket engines with large plastic tarps before the arrival of a large flock of CIA drones. 


If your tinfoil porkpies are pulled tightly enough around your ears, you know that in 2 weeks the Russians are to launch a complement of 3 more astronauts to the ISS.  Don't you wonder whether the Russians, with a loss (wink wink) of so many rocket engines will use one to send an American up?

Don't forget the kerfuffle when the US Senators (McCain) didn't want to buy rocket engines from Moscow any more?  Some Gargantua from Langley made them an offer they couldn't refuse.  So they made the deal for the Russian rockets.

Well, now they all got burned up and the US is back on the waiting list after Venezuela.  

onmail1's picture

What he doesnot admit is that it is the USA that is shoving ALL 

euroPeons into the sinkhole of hell fire in order to


America thrives when others cry in ruins