Trump and his proxies in the America government are playing “hide” their relations to Putin and its oppositions playing “seek” Trump and proxies’ relation with Putin, for a confrontation of one type of another, likely an independent investigation that a poll of Americans, finds 65% want one.
As that confrontation looms, in Europe, around the Baltic, Germany & Sweden are preparing to confront Putin’s aggressiveness.
Trump’s bromance with Putin, seems out of place as ever before, especially, with Ukraine, Baltic & Putin propping up Assad, continues to generate wide-spread disagreement, in the global national security area.
The latest is that German minister blasts Putin’s ‘Irrational’ military build-up as NATO standoff in the Baltic continues (source). Meanwhile, BBC reports (source) Sweden has bought back military conscription amid Baltic tensions.
Germany will maintain its military presence in the Baltic States for the first time since World War Two in a standoff with Vladimir Putin as the former-KGB strongman’s troops amass on the Russian border. German troops are part of Nato forces which have been deployed across the region – with a task force led by British soldiers set to watch the border in Estonia later in the year.
Now German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has said his nation’s armed forces would maintain a presence in Lithuania for “as long as needed”. Mr Gabriel added: ”The military potential that the Russian Federation has built up here at the border is completely irrational in my view because there is zero threat emanating from these countries.”
While the 1000-strong military force – led by 400 Germans – are set to be joined in the region by troops from the US, UK and Canada, they are still dwarfed by the huge Russian military buildup on the border. But the Kremlin has fired back, claiming they were defending the Russian border from Nato aggression and continuing a sweeping program to update their armed forces.
After the German deployment in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov claimed Nato’s actions “gravely increase the risk of incidents”.
He added: “For the first time since World War Two we see German soldiers along our borders.”
It comes as Sweden plans to reintroduce conscription next year for both men and women amid rising tensions with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. As military activity increases in the Baltic region in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Sweden has struggled to find volunteers to fill its ranks.
Public broadcaster SR said the decision to bring back the draft comes after an official investigation found the military only recruited 2,500 troops annually despite needing 4,000.
Up to 4,000 people will be called up for military training in 2018 and 2019 from January 1st.
Defence ministry spokeswoman Marinette Radebo said conscripts will be selected from 13,000 people born in 1999.
Ms Radebo told the BBC the decision to reintroduce conscription was sparked by “the change in our neighbourhood… Russian military activity is one of the reasons”.
After undertaking psychological and physical tests, the troops will serve for nine to 12 months with the long-term aim of encouraging them to join the military permanently or the reserves.
Local governments have also been urged to step up contingency planning for a future war.