The US Has Begun Amassing Troops On Russian Border

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Submitted by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

Lithuania has confirmed the presence of U.S. special forces inside its territory, stating the deployment’s purpose is to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Supposedly, Vladimir Putin has been deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad, an area that borders Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania. This move has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become “highly concerned” about Russian military activity.

“The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea,” Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite told local media on Tuesday, as reported by International Business Times.

Russia has made it clear that its deployment of missiles is a deterrent against NATO expansion along its borders. It is effectively a cat-and-mouse game that continues to be played with catastrophic consequences.

“Why are we reacting to Nato expansion so emotionally? We are concerned by Nato’s decision-making…We must take counter-measures, that is, strike with our missile systems the targets that in our opinion begin to threaten us,” Putin said previously in an interview with Oliver Stone last November.

Come spring of this year, NATO is expected to send battalions of 800 to 1,200 troops to each of the Baltic States and Poland. The mainstream media has even dubbed NATO’s recent buildup the alliance’s “biggest military buildup on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.” Even Great Britain will be sending fighter jets, as well as troops to Romania in order to counter Russia in the region.

Speaking at a conference in Sochi, Putin previously said it was “stupid and unrealistic” to think Russia would attack anyone in Europe. His American counterparts are well aware of this but press on with NATO’s expansion, anyway. Why?

Russia has intervened in the Middle East and made the U.S.’ role as both caretaker and destroyer of the Muslim world largely redundant. Russia has been a spectacular caretaker and destructive force in the United States’ place, relentlessly bombing al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels in Aleppo into submission — and killing civilians in the process. Now, there are real hopes that a lasting peace deal might actually form in Syria, a development Washington had no hand in producing.

We’ve all seen this story before, except this time it is being done more overtly as NATO desperately runs out of options.

In 2013, Obama vowed that Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, needed to be punished for his alleged use of chemical weapons (the evidence pinning Assad’s forces to the attacks was dubious at the time). Russia intervened, foiling Washington’s plans for regime change. Not long after, the United States went to work and plotted to topple Viktor Yanukovych’s government in Ukraine, which was ultimately replaced by neo-Nazis and, eventually, Petro Poroshenko, who worked as a “Ukraine insider” for the U.S. State Department.

In essence, Russia’s actions, which are interfering with Washington’s plans in the Middle East, attract unwanted activity across its borders — a harsh truth that Russia will have to accept if it is to have a say in global affairs.

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flaunt's picture

The 1980s called Obama... they want their foreign policy back.

BaBaBouy's picture

Get this guy on the Golf Course Already ...

wee-weed up's picture

Yawn... the petulant 97-lb weakling Little Barry is trying to kick sand in Putin's face. Putin just laughs...

Latina Lover's picture

Russia invading Lithuania, more fake news from the Mainstream Media Liars.   Russia has the largest landmass in the world, with more natural resources than any other nation on earth. Lithuania is a tiny country with no resources or industry, suffering through a permanent depression. Why would Putin need to take over another economic basketcase?

 

The only thing Lithuania has going for it are beautiful women, and cheap fish.

SoDamnMad's picture

Why, there is nothing here but old farming. All the collective farms that were operating pre-1991 in the old Soviet Union have fallen into disrepair.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

"amassing" and "1,800 - 2,000 troops" 

If Russia wanted to take the Baltics, we'd need to add a zero or two to those figures if we truly wanted to discourage them. 

OregonGrown's picture

WHAT IN THE FUCK IS THE USA THINKING???

 

You amass ANYONE WITH GUNS on the border of my property...... and see what the fuck happens to you.  

 

It amazes me how the USA can justify THEN parse who the "aggressors" are...... and who arn't.    ....AKA... USA are supporting the "afghani rebels" AKA ISIS..... 

 

What a bunch of idiots.... the whole lot!

Truther's picture

NATO:"Look how closely they put their country next to our bases!!".

NATO and The U.S Elites. are a bunch of fucking idiots. Poke the bear and you'll have your face torn off.

CheapBastard's picture

Obama and HIllary kill hundreds of thousands of people in north africa and the middle east, and they scream for gun control here.

Hypocrits!

OregonGrown's picture

Is it bad that I "SECRETLY" wish someone (foreign or domestic) would tactically nuke or dirty bomb D.C?  

 

I heard that it takes that type of blast.... to fully rid the city of nasty parasites and cockroches.

OregonGrown's picture

Attn .GOV officials.....

 

I, OregonGrown..... did not type that last comment..... 

 

I think those dirty russians may have hacked my ZH account and they are once again creating kaos....

 

.........for national security sake, please look into it.....

 

/s

CuttingEdge's picture

What the fuck is the USA thinking?

 

Its called hubris, OC.

Something possessed by, but not mutually exclusive to, many influential Americans when projecting their place in the world, and their God given right to rule it in their interests. And woebetied anyone that presents an alternative view on what is morally and ethically reasonable, and takes into consideration the interests of all parties in the geopolitical landscape.

Watch Bill O'Reilly at Fox, or John Bolton, or listen to Rush Limbaugh for about ten minutes, and you will come to the conclusion that it is not purely "the dark side" that possess this awful trait of jingoistic superiority. And until a bit of humility is discovered by the nation (or at least the main players) in this regard , respect from the other 95% who populate this planet wil never be forthcoming with any enthusiasm.

Maybe Trump sees this, or maybe he has bought into Obama's "exceptional" or Adolf's "master race" meme. We'll see.

HowdyDoody's picture

Based on past and current observation of the US military, the US SF are training Lithuanian Neo-Nazis to run sabotage / terrorist attacks in Russia.

The Russians are very adept at catching the takfiris the US sends in via the Caucasus. Let's put it this way, the takfiris don't survive the encounter. I'm sure similar things will happen to any Lithuanian/Latvian/Ukrainian Neo-Nazis sent into Russia.

Russian has already invoked the relevant UN article relating to self-defense following the blowing up of the Russian airliner over Egypt by the US-sposored takfiris.

 

swmnguy's picture

Yep, this is straight out of Zbigniew Brzezinski's "The Grand Chessboard," published over 20 years ago.  The Clinton Democrats, GWBush-Republicans, and the Obama-Democrats (Clintons 2.0) don't seem to have ever had any other ideas than what's in that book.

But this past summer, with the failure of the US coup-attempt in Syria, Brzezinski himself disavowed his own thesis.  He said things had changed so much that strategy was out the window.  But the current Administration doesn't have any other ideas, so they keep banging this particular drum.

The basis of "The Grand Chessboard" is that there are only 2 options for the US.  Either become THE dominant global Empire, or be destroyed.  No middle ground.  Once you accept that paranoid delusion, the rest falls into place.

To become THE dominant global Empire, Brzezinski posits that a power has to control Eurasia.  The US can't just invade the place; it's too big, full of too many people, and the US doesn't have the capability or political will to just invade.  So the US has to separate, isolate and weaken its 3 major rivals to dominance in Eurasia.  That's Russia and China, obviously, and also the E.U., less obviously to some.

How has the US proceeded?  Since Bill Clinton, we've set on a course of identifying vulnerable nation-states on the periphery of Russia, China and the E.U.; on top of deposits of strategic resources (mostly energy), and on the trade routes those resources have to travel to get to market.  We have looked for countries with artificial borders and exploitable internal social fault lines, and then put stress on the fracture points.  The goal has been to intensify internal conflicts until the nation-state becomes ungovernable and collapses.  This creates a ring of dumpster fires on the perimeter of our rivals, forcing them to deal with the instability and choatic violence that ensues.  

For reference, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine, Nigeria, Syria.  Note the effects on oil and gas supplies to the E.U., and Russia's primary trade market.  Note the effects of a huge migration of refugees from war-torn regions.  Looking at a decent atlas that shows political boundaries, ethnic groups and resources brings the whole strategy into blazingly clear focus.

So now that Syria has turned out to be a wet fart in Washington's eyes, the Baltics are next.  The CIA must be having a hard time rustling up enough trouble in the -stan countries and China's Xinjiang Province (the Uighurs), or they'd be in flames by now too.

My hopes for a Trump Administration are very low.  So low, in fact, the only worse prospects I can think of would be...any other US political leadership currently on the scene.

We're seeing a vicious battle for turf and dominance of the future of US global strategy among the various factions of The Deep State.  We're seeing only the visible ripples, of course.  The typical balance of power must have been shattered.  Since those ripples have gotten so turbulent and visible recently, the underlying battle must be incredibly intense.  Open violence and coup attempts are far from out of the question moving forward, until one faction gains the upper hand for a time.

Meanwhile, of course, we're having to deal with the ongoing collapse of our financial system.  You can't base your entire economy on debt at interest on a finite planet without severe problems, as a debt-based economy requires unlimited money, markets, cheap energy, and cheap raw materials.  We have hit the limits on all such inputs except money, which we can make abstract and infinite--with its own complications thereby.  Making the whole shambolic system global bought some time, but made the consequences of the crackup exponentially more dangerous.

This is going to be interesting, to say the least.

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

Egad, you're more pessimistic than I am.  me: A couple of days of nuclear warfare; the destruction of

Western Civilization and its conveniences; and the slow return of the survivors to the Valley of Neander;

There to wait for the Sun to grow into a toasty Red Giant.

 

You: look forward to the victory of either one of the two factions with no nuclear warfare.  Creating in reality what we

have only seen in fiction.  "A population deprived of all but the basics for life and grateful to the authorities for what they had."


And then to wait for the Sun to go Red Giant.


"Oh to be in Landing Strip One now that 1984 is there."

 

swmnguy's picture

Hmm.  I hadn't thought of it quite that way before.  I think we're both pretty flexible in our definition of "optimism."

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

Oh, yes.

You must remember the case of Eston Kohver a few years ago.  A Estonian intelligence officer

whom the Russians said was apprehended on the Russian side of the border, while Tallinn

insisted that a division of the Red Army came into a town in Estonia and abducted Kohver off

a park bench while he was eating a Cherry Garcia ice cream cone.

 

Naturally all of NATO got behind the Estonia Abduction Story, while they were filing law suits for cheaper Russian gas.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/27/russia-frees-estonian-offi...

wren's picture

That's because they're paid off by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, not Remmington and Smith & Wesson.

I'm expecting a huge downturn in the conflicts with Russia once Trump goes into office. And to be honest, at this point, I'm not a big fan of Europe at this point anyway. I might prefer European countries to Russia, but to the degree that I'd go over or send my kids over to defend them, not so much. The liberals would have to be killed off first, then I might think about it. Not to mention BP and JP Morgan executives...

lakecity55's picture

That would be so they could kill thousands here!

 

BennyBoy's picture

 

From RT: Russia and Mexico sign agreement expected to send battalions of 800 to 1,200 Russian troops to each of the Mexican States that border the US.

Neighboring Mexican states became “highly concerned” about US wall building activity.

Gonzogal's picture

Link Please!

ANOTHER MSM FAKE NEWS!!! http://www.snopes.com/russia-troops-us-borders/

Try googling the title you give....NOWHERE and I checked RT...NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!

 

Yog Soggoth's picture

The Tylers forgot to put a {sarc} tag, but by your comment you are saying that the entirety of USA is for this. This is a desparate Khazar attack. Easy because they own the media. Meanwhile, nothing but usual is really going on in a place that most people here never planned to travel to unless something happens! Let us all hope nothing happens. 15 days.

OceanX's picture
Good video depicting changing borders over last couple of decades.

 

 

The Map That Shows Why Russia Fears War With USA - Mike Maloney

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6hIlfHWaGU

 


Ghordius's picture

exactly. those NATO troops, those US troops... are negligible

hardly a "mass". particularly if you count how many troops in uniform that the EU countries have, in total. that's 1.5 million

so no. both sides are engaged in bullshit

"Speaking at a conference in Sochi, Putin previously said it was “stupid and unrealistic” to think Russia would attack anyone in Europe. His American counterparts are well aware of this but press on with NATO’s expansion, anyway. Why? "

the problem here is that it's not about what Putin says

the problem here is what the other Russians in the Kremlin say. including Putin's political party

I repeat: the Russian Duma could solve all that, easily. with a vote

everytime I repeat that, I get plenty of disinfo comments on top of mine. one of them was epic, and included a very chauvinistic "Balts" + "unruly children"

the point is that in the Baltic countries there are plenty of Russians, and the Russian Duma did never state officially how far they are willing to go in case they have to look after that National Interest

the point is that even here, or particularly here, plenty of people still engage me in stuff like "Russia never annexed Crimea"... even though there is an official Act of the Duma called "Annexation of Crimea". snowflakes

no. I do not like this. nevertheless, what is the way out? my finger is pointed to the Russian Duma. I see it as their decision. Their annexation of Crimea makes this situation murky. It's in their hands to make the official statement of where they see their sphere of influence... since they are expanding their sphere of influence, at the moment

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Ghordo, 

Anyone who expects/anticipates that the borders in Europe won't ever change needs their head examined.  

Here is a video to 1,000 years of European border changes.  It has occurred since we have written records of life north of the Danube.  

I say its better that border disputes get solved with elections and not mountains of dead bodies.  To think you can "freeze" the current borders to protect the current political status quo will most definitely result in Leichenberge as certain groups of people "want out" of a defective government. 

Next up, Catalonia and with a bit of luck Süd-Tirol and Flanders. 

Ghordius's picture

fair enough. and anybody that thinks that we are going to re-arrange the furniture according to some external input... again needs his head examined, too

we did that. twice. each time after a world war. interestingly, the most obvious stupidities came from elsewhere

your Catalonia, Süd-Tirol and Flanders, but also Scotland, Gibraltar and several others... that's neither here nor there. because every and each of them wants to stay in the EU. the EU is still the format that appeals most to small to middling countries

Russia does not want to annex the Balts. Russia, though, is looking for new satellites, for new vassals

Russia does not want to invade the Balts. Russia, nevertheless, is all over Europe

Exerting influence and rattling the sabers. nothing frigging new

remember when I hinted to you that some external actor was behind the AfD? years ago?

note, btw, that the French conservatives, the party that calls itself Republicans, fielded the most friendly of all "French Friends of Putin" (FOPs, according to "politico") as their lead candidate for the French Presidency. More of a friend of Russia then Marine Le Pen

this is still a continent capable of having it's own Congress of Vienna. so thanks, but no, thanks

we might rearrange the furniture, but not with a demolition charge just because someone has too many explosives to sell

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

"every and each of them wants to stay in the EU"

 

Then Russia's objective should be the diminishment  of the EU.  Making it a less desirable union to be in.

 

Thereby freeing up lots of vassals  --  or allies, as once they were called  --  to trade and partner with

a) the Cornucopia of Natural Resources and b) the Buyer's Club of 3 Billion (give or take).

Ghordius's picture

"Then Russia's objective should be the diminishment  of the EU.  Making it a less desirable union to be in."

you can as well exchange that "should" with "is"

meanwhile, we try to treat them as peers and partners...

... while this very popular view you are bringing in is looking for vassals

of course, the myth of the EU putting lots of sanctions on Russia helps to further this view

TheGardener's picture

My Dear Ghord,

you seem to be the hard core paid for propaganda guy you were ever since suspected of.

Seems  you are right with your external actor behind AfD , which for a non-controlled opposition outfit is not nearly as daring

enough to call for bringing the high treason criminals to the gallows where they belong.

Merkel will win the election but would go straight onto the guillotine if the sovereign, the people, had any say in their affairs.

Germany will be the most fucked up nation once again on earth as this non-election gets forced through.

Roaring twenties revisited soon. Cheap Schikse to be had for a cup of coffee.

 

 

Ghordius's picture

my dear TheGardener, if I was paid for that I think I would do a different "job", here

nope, I'm having fun. by being right on so many things, as you note

sandhillexit's picture

France and Russia have always been friends, that is, until the  bankers funded Napoleon.  (Let's see, how does the plan go....first you take down the aristos, then you put up a general.)   That France seems Russia as a friend is only a measure of Germany getting stronger and the US weaker.  

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

1000 years of European border changes has more to with 1000 years of European Wars

than 1000 years of European referenda.

 

If someone has insight when and where the next big war will be fought, he's a member of the MIC and should be terminated.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

I repeat: the Russian Duma could solve all that, easily. with a vote

everytime I repeat that, I get plenty of disinfo comments on top of mine. one of them was epic, and included a very chauvinistic "Balts" + "unruly children"

Like this?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-30/putin-stunner-we-will-not-expel...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-03/turkey-russia-unleash-over-100-...

Suck it, bitch.

the point is that even here, or particularly here, plenty of people still engage me in stuff like "Russia never annexed Crimea"... even though there is an official Act of the Duma called "Annexation of Crimea".

Link? Not that I don't believe you, per se, but translations leave some room for interpretation. The westernized interpretation is always colored with overtones which imply a hostile takeover, when in fact it was a mutual agreement. Reunification is a more accurate term.

Speaking of reunification, anything to say about the forcible annexation of the DDR by the Bundesrepublik? There was never any referendum seeking the approval of East German citizens. They were absorbed by what was then West Germany without having any voice in the matter. Not raising a fuss about the lack of "democratic" procedure? Never occurred to you to consider what the East Germans might have wanted?

Before smugly dismissing this by saying that everyone knew what the East Germans wanted, you might want to consider these:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/homesick-for-a-dictatorship-...

http://thesaker.is/back-in-the-ussr/

my finger is pointed to the Russian Duma. I see it as their decision.

Pointing fingers at others is a classical diversion. You banned from Google? Russian president and foreign ministry are responsible for foreign policy. They have stated more than once that they have no territorial interest in the Ukraine or the Baltics.

Their annexation of Crimea makes this situation murky.

Nope. US propaganda and tantrums by Baltic rulers makes it murky. Deliberately.

It's in their hands to make the official statement of where they see their sphere of influence... since they are expanding their sphere of influence, at the moment

At the moment? In two months it will be three years since the reunification of Crimea and Russia. Exceptionally long duration for a moment.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Ummm, what does 1% of Americans care about what happens outside of America the land of freedom and what not? Alect. Correct. I would like to pick war. 

The Dark Historical Roots Of Our 'Thanksgiving' Lest We Forget... The Good family were pointing out witches in Mass. The Khazars were here early because  the inquisition was not as popular as they thought it would be. The USA mindset has nothing to do with future or past history . It (USA) is the mythical Golum created out of wax and magic only to  be given birth to destroy the enemies of the magician...

www.rense.com/general45/thanks.htmProxy  Highlight

Ghordius's picture

"...anything to say about the forcible annexation of the DDR by the Bundesrepublik? There was never any referendum seeking the approval of East German citizens. They were absorbed by what was then West Germany without having any voice in the matter. Not raising a fuss about the lack of "democratic" procedure? Never occurred to you to consider what the East Germans might have wanted? "

excellent theme. indeed, I think we will have some fun in future, you and I and this theme

Ghordius's picture

my take "Their annexation of Crimea makes this situation murky."

your take: "Nope. US propaganda and tantrums by Baltic rulers makes it murky. Deliberately."

actually, I even agree with your take. yes, US propaganda. yes, "Baltic rulers". yes, deliberately

no, I am not taking sides

and this is exactly the problem you have with me

I am pointing to what Russia could do to ease the situation

and you have to twist and turn pointing to the others, in a situation that ought to remember... children's disputes

meanwhile, I can't ask for the US to ease... while Russia doesn't

meanwhile, I can't ask for allies to relax... while Russia does not relax

and so we have troops at borders looking at each other

nothing new, really

Ghordius's picture

my point: "It's in their hands to make the official statement of where they see their sphere of influence... since they are expanding their sphere of influence, at the moment"

your point: "At the moment? In two months it will be three years since the reunification of Crimea and Russia. Exceptionally long duration for a moment."

actually I am speaking of spheres of influence. Crimea is already annexed, does not count anymore

the Turkish-Russian New Order in Syria is more of an exercise in expanding influence

both in and with Turkey and in and with Syria

look at the whole border that Russia has, and you'll see a pattern...

(perhaps I have to make a list, someday, here. it's really fun, to draw all this revanchism and chauvinistic nationalism paired with old-style imperialism)

francis scott falseflag's picture

 

I know you said something important.  

Do you think you could put it in one sentence?

Or two short ones?

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Why don't you shut up with your bullshit! You fucking idiot! The people of Crimea have the sovereign right to vote for whatever the fuck they like and don't need approval from fuck-wits like you, shill.

The 'way out' you are seeking is for your masters in the USA to FUCK OFF and leave the rest of us in peace, nothing to do with the Russian Duma!

You make my blood boil with the shit and waffle you write, you fucking wanker.

Ghordius's picture

very happy to read that I make your blood boil

"The people of Crimea have the sovereign right to vote for whatever the fuck they like and don't need approval from fuck-wits like you, shill."

so? that was not the dispute

besides, does this sovereign right include the "green men", which first did not officially exist but afterwards were admitted being there? but no, it's still not the point

the point I had with Shemp was that he claimed Russia did not annex Crimea

my point was that the Russian Duma made an official Act called "Annexation of Crimea"

classic dis- or misinformation. trying to have the own facts makes anybody... a snowflake

Gonzogal's picture

The Duma adopted Putins proposal of NO FIRST STRIKE!

Ghordius's picture

exactly. and this makes the whole believable

and because the Duma's laws are the one and last part of Russia that is still 100% believable, this is the reason why it's the Duma that could ease tensions in the Balts

by having an Act of Friendship with the Balts, for example

stating in Russian Law that no, the Balts aren't to become Russian, "really, believe me, cross my heart"

now, the question is of course... would such a Russian law be... popular?

Quick's picture

We should amass those troops on our southern border to prevent an illegal invasion 

Quick's picture

We should amass those troops on our southern border to prevent an illegal invasion 

not dead yet's picture

The US is and has been sending tanks and all kinds of heavy war material to Europe. There are caves in Norway chock full of recently arrived tanks and stuff. Twenty 747's can have over 10,000 troops on the ground in a matter of hours. It's the war material and support stuff that takes time to deliver and they are doing that now.

researchfix's picture

The beautiful women are gone. They are all over Europe. Cheap fish cannot compensate such loss.

max_leering's picture

and the remaining Lithuanian women smell like fish

Sick Underbelly's picture

well, that's better than cheap, fishy women.   Or, just fishy women.

Does Lithuania have bags?

land_of_the_few's picture

On the plus side LT have the second highest suicide rate in the world (sorry Guyana, you're top but a nice country otherwise) and lower GDP PPP per capita than Russia *despite* always being in the top 5 of fastest shrinking populations in the world. Russia has a *growing* population and higher Total Fertility Rate, better than Italy and Poland and many other EU countries.