News updates about escalating tensions between Russia and the West

Blloomberg:

U.S. Warns Europe That Russia May Plan Ukraine Invasion

“Some analysts argue that Putin may believe now is the time to halt Ukraine’s closer embrace with the West before it progresses any further.”

““What seems to have changed is Russia’s assessment of where things are going,” said Samuel Charap, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. “They seem to have concluded that unless they do something, the trend lines are heading to Russia losing Ukraine.””

“According to defense-intelligence firm Janes, the recent Russian deployment has been covert, often taking place at night and carried out by elite ground units, in contrast to the fairly open buildup in the spring.”

FOX News:

US concerned about Russian military activity near Ukraine, as House Republicans press Biden to deploy troops

“In a letter to the president, led by the top Republican on the committee Rep. Mike Rogers and the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Rep. Mike Turner, they urged the administration to “take immediate and swift action to provide support to Ukraine in the form of intelligence and weapons.””

“We also urge your administration to deploy a U.S. military presence in the Black Sea to deter a Russian invasion,” they wrote, adding that Russia’s behavior “is becoming more aggressive” and “has intensified rhetoric critical of Ukraine on topics ranging from Ukraine’s military modernization and military partnerships to Ukraine’s admission into NATO.” (…)

“The Republicans also urged the administration to “immediately consider an appropriate U.S. military presence and posture in the region and to initiate appropriate intelligence sharing activities between the U.S. and Ukraine to prevent the situation from escalating further.””

My comment: How can one prevent escalation by increasing US military presence near Russia? The irrationality and recklessness of woke Pentagon and ultra-liberal NATO is fascinating.

TASS:

Lukashenko asks Russia’s military to join combat alerts on Union State’s western borders

“Russian and Belarusian forces will carry out joint combat alert patrols along the Union State’s borders with Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine, according to an agreement reached between Russia and Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday, the presidential press office reported.” (…)

“We have agreed with Russia on that. There is no time for jokes. The situation is very serious there. The most serious thing is that they have departed from the accords. We do not know what they want,” Lukashenko said.”

“As Lukashenko said, “the Russians and Belarusians must jointly control this situation.””

“Russian strategic bombers were sent to Belarus on Thursday, he said. “We must constantly monitor the situation on the border. Let them scream and cry. Yes, these are bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. But we have no other way out. We must see what they are doing outside,” the head of state said.”

It takes two or three to really tango…

Jesus had to deal with one empire, the Romans. We have the pleasure of watching three empires mess up our fallen planet. Yay. If escalation continues the neoliberal global financial system may be devastated, says Robert Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography, in this video published by GEOPOP (08:52):

Globalization 2.0 Geopolitical Fractures | Robert Kaplan

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