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U.S. Military Exercise in Ukraine on Friday


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COMMENT: As a Forbes article notes, despite a Russian-negotiated cease-fire in Ukraine, U.S. military forces will be participating in a NATO exercise in Ukraine. Some thoughts in this regard:

“Hours After Russia Succeeds with Cease Fire, U.S. Military Heads to Ukraine” by Kenneth Rapoza; Forbes; 9/3/2014. [9]

Okay, now you’re asking for it.

Washington is going ahead with a planned military drill in Western Ukraine just hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin was able to convince pro-Russia separatists to stand down in their fight with the Ukrainian military in the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.  This military drill does not bode well for Friday’s cease-fire discussion in Minsk, Belarus between the Ukrainian government and the separatist leaders who will demand autonomy from Kiev.

According to a Reuters report on Tuesday [10], preparations are under way for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies shipping into Ukraine for the roughly three year old Rapid Trident [11] program, part of Ukraine’s military tilt towards NATO. . . .

. . . . Anti-war journalist John Pilger wrote in The Guardian [12] back in April that the military exercises with Ukraine were part of Washington’s “Manifest Destiny” — a longstanding ambition to dominate the Eurasian landmass from China to Europe, a landmass that Russia controls, at least in part, due to its energy resources.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 19991, NATO has surrounded Russia with military bases, reneging on a promise by Ronald Reagan to the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 that NATO would not expand “one inch to the east” [8]. In the former Soviet Caucasus, NATO’s military build-up is the most extensive since World War II, Pilger wrote.