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article imageOp-Ed: NATO challenges Putin’s threats

By Robert Weller     Sep 1, 2014 in World
Warsaw - On the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, NATO has announced it is developing a force to counter the other nation that stabbed Warsaw in the back.
NATO’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the organization is creating a special strike force of 4,000 soldiers that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states.
Rasmussen said the force will be designed to protect members from the aggression already seen in the Ukraine.
"It is so that we are ready should something nasty happen," a senior NATO official told the Guardian.
The organization meets at the end of the week, and may take up an emergency request from Kiev to allow it to become a member.
Putin has made clear that no sanctions, no matter how much harm they cause the Russian economy, will stop him.
The existing sanctions have already brought the Russian currency to its lowest level ever, and foreign corporations are withdrawing their investments. People are dealing with an inflation rate of 7.5 percent, and prices are likely to rise more.
Putin’s lap dog media continues Soviet era style lies. Ria Novosti refers to a Human Rights Watch report blaming Kiev for deaths in eastern Ukraine. In fact, the groups says: “Pro-Russian insurgents are regularly committing horrendous crimes,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “There are solid grounds to be seriously concerned about the safety and well-being of anyone held by insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine.
“Russian-backed insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine are arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. They also have detained civilians for use as hostages.”
Putin, speaking out of both sides of his mouth, denies any involvement in fighting in the area, and says it is Kiev’s fault for refusing to negotiate. Putin says the Russian soldiers in the Ukraine are on vacation.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “It is becoming ever clearer that, from the very start, this was not a conflict within Ukraine, but a conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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