Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Poland doesn't have to fear a Russian Redux

If Russian President Vladimir Putin [Unlink] decides Poland should under the control of the Moscow again, Warsaw doesn’t have to worry about being stabbed in the back again.

This time, unlike at the beginning of World War II in 1939, Poland will not be attacked on one side by Hitler and the other by Stalin.
The Soviet Union’s military defense group was known during the Cold War as the Warsaw Pact.
Now, NATO, has dispatched US troops to members Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The numbers are too small to stop a Russian attempt to annex territory as it did in Crimea, but enough to serve as trip wire.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk [Unlink] had asked NATO to send troops.
If Putin wants to attack Finland he would be well advised to do it before winter comes, based on what happened the last time.
The first US troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, the Voice of America said.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama [Unlink] has accused Russia of flouting a deal on Ukraine reached in Geneva last week, under which illegal armed groups, including those who have seized public buildings, would return home.

Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization believed the NATO action was a “psychological attack.”
At the same time Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was talking tough, Xinhua quoted a senior Russian official as saying war was unlikely.
"I don't believe the Russians and Ukrainians will fight each other," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.
Putin said it would be a “serious crime” if Ukraine moved against Russian militants in the eastern Ukraine.

But that is exactly what Kiev seemed to be doing, according to the BBC. It said some casualties had been incurred when Ukranian forces seized several towns. The Russian-backed rebels had seized buildings in a dozen towns.

The Kiev Post said five deaths were reported when a separartist attack on a government position was beaten back.
Moscow racheted up the pressure with more threats to intervene if ethnic Russians were attacked. They continue to deny the presence of Russian soldiers, though the faces of some of their troops in the eastern Ukraine showed up in digital libraries.
If money talks Russia was nearly silent.
Bloomberg said investors demanded higher yields because of the Ukraine tension, forcing Russia to terminate bond sales for the seventh time in eight weeks.
The Central Bank had to intervene again to support the ruble.

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