Russia claims NATO and US planning to wage war against Moscow

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As Foreign ministers of Europe and America will discuss the NATO’s ability to adapt to evolving security threats and to increase the interoperability between the alliance and the European Union  during the the two-day gathering  in Brussels, Russia claimed that alliance’s deployment of tactical groups to the area and their expansion into divisions is indicating that it has joined hands with US for military confrontation with Moscow.

While a former top Russian defense ministry official Colonel General Leonid Ivashov has pointed out at the growing NATO military potential in eastern Europe and claimed that the alliance and Washington were preparing to start a war with Russia.

Ivashov said: “It indicates that they, the Americans in the first place, are preparing to start a war in Europe, and you can wage a war in Europe against Russia only.”

The statement came a day after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the alliance to improve civilian infrastructure to facilitate the movement of troops and equipment. Ivashov characterized the suggestion as “a bad signal,” one indicating that “the Americans want Europe and Russia to battle each other in the European theater.”

Reports have emerged that US President Donald Trump is about to be replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

There have been open differences between Tillerson and Trump over US diplomat’s softer line on North Korea and other policy differences, as well as by reports in October that he called the president a “moron.” Trump had responded that he would be happy to settle the question of his intelligence once and for all.

Where as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists that the change have no impact on the meeting as Washington’s foreign policy remains unchanged.

“In a constantly evolving security landscape, NATO’s partnership with the European Union is more important than ever,” the secretary general said before the meeting. “So we will begin with a meeting on NATO-EU relations and European defense.”

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative and vice president, and representatives from Finland and Sweden will join in the discussions, Stoltenberg said. “I expect we will agree to take NATO-EU cooperation to a new level,” he added. “Our forces must be able to move more quickly and easily. So NATO and the EU will aim to make military mobility a flagship and a priority for our cooperation.”

The alliance and the European Union will also examine better ways to share information to counter terrorist threats, the secretary general said.

The foreign ministers also will address global security challenges to include North Korea. “Last week’s ballistic missile launch showed once again Pyongyang’s reckless disregard for international security,” Stoltenberg said. “And we must apply maximum international pressure in order to achieve a peaceful solution.”

Progress Against ISIS
The foreign ministers will discuss the alliance’s goal of projecting stability and fighting terrorism, he said, noting progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“We will assess our training and capacity building support for partners like Iraq and Jordan,” he added. “The coalition has made significant progress. More than 95 percent of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been liberated. But this does not mean an end to the threat. As the coalition moves from combat operations to stabilization, we will consider how NATO’s contribution should evolve.”

The foreign ministers will hold a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, where they will review the security situation and the country’s ongoing reforms. These reforms are bringing the nation closer to joining NATO.

Stoltenberg said the alliance partnership with Georgia is outstanding. “Our forces serve side by side in Afghanistan and train side by side in Georgia,” the secretary general said. “We will conclude with a meeting on NATO’s Open Door policy and how we can best support the countries which aspire for NATO membership.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced to hold nationwide referendums in Ukraine on the state’s accession to NATO and the European Union.

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By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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