U.S special forces have been confirmed to be present at the Russian border by Lithuania. The troops were placed there supposedly to thwart Russian aggression due to allegations that Vladimir Putin has been deploying nuke ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad.
According to reports, the deployment of such missiles around the borders of Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become concerned regarding Russia’s military activities.
“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 maintains that the deployment of said missiles is to work as a deterrent against NATO’s expansion along Russian borders. The back and fourth movements are becoming similar to that of a game of checkers, however, the consequences are dire.
Last November, during an interview with Oliver Stone, Putin stated,
“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,”
By spring of 2017, NATO will be sending battalions of 800-1200 troops to each Baltic State, and Poland. The move has been described as the “biggest military buildup on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.” Great Britain will also be sending troops and fighter jets to Romania in an effort to counter Russia.
Putin has previously stated that he felt it would be “stupid and unrealistic” to believe that Russia would aggress against anyone in Europe. The U.S is completely aware of this fact, however, they continue to push for NATO’s expansion. The reasoning would seem to be obvious.
Due to Russian intervention in the Middle East, where the U.S has played the role as both caregiver and destroyer of the Muslim nations. Russia, on the other hand, has become both caretaker and destructive force in the U.S’ place, as they have continued a bombing tirade against al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels in Aleppo. Now, there could be hope for a peace deal that could form in Syria.
Back in 2013, Obama vowed to punish the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons. Russia then intervened, thus ruining Washington’s attempt for regime change. Shortly thereafter, the U.S began working to topple Viktor Yanukovych’s government in the Ukraine. Unfortunately, the government was replaced by neo-Nazis.
So, could it be that Russia’s actions have prevented Washington from achieving their goals in the Middle East? If that is the case, and that is what has created the unwanted activity of troop battalions across the Russian borders, what does that mean for Russia? Furthermore, what will it all mean for the American people, and their military allies? As of now, we can only speculate as to what will transpire in the coming days. However, tensions seem to be escalating by the day, and unfortunately, this could be the beginning stages of the third world war.