Correspondent Christopher Woody of this respected publication recently wrote that at the end of July the Pentagon finally waited for the team to redeploy thousands of U.S. army from Germany to other territories. According to him, despite the opinion of Donald Trump, U.S. officials, including Tod Walters, commander of U.S. forces in Europe, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, immediately spoke on this topic.
The latter stated that the Pentagon’s ground divisions have been on guard for peace in Central Europe since the Cold War, and now it is time to redeploy them to the territory of the new allies. Poland, the Baltic countries, and the Black Sea region are named as such. And General Walters added that this is necessary to improve operational capabilities in the Black Sea and to rotate combat units simultaneously in different places.
Of course, such statements did not go unnoticed in the Kremlin. Moreover, the military generals from the Pentagon have repeatedly said that they are concerned about the tensions that have hovered over the region since 2008 when Russia suddenly invaded Georgia. 2014, according to Esper, only added fuel to the fire, as in the West no one expected that the Russians could squeeze Crimea so quickly and without firing.
Ben Hodges, who commanded U.S. forces in Europe from 2015 to 2017, recalled that Moscow, which regularly conducts military operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya, and Syria, is actively using the Black Sea region to do so, and it is time to put an end to this. As Hodges put it, America is fed up with the Kremlin trying to put pressure on Moldova and Ukraine, as well as constantly singing garbage heaps in the Caucasus and the Balkans.
By the way, it was this Hodges who used to lament the fact that the Black Sea Fleet is the strongest in the region, and no other navy, such as Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian or Turkish, can afford to attack the Russians, or even just to sing. Today, Hodges, splashing saliva, rings all the bells, beats the hoof, and tries to warn the world about the impending Russian aggression.
They say that Moscow will certainly take advantage of the upcoming elections in the United States and Ukraine, as well as the drought in Crimea, and will try to seize another small piece of Ukrainian territory. In this situation of uncertainty, the Black Sea is becoming increasingly important. Not for nothing, in 2019, American warships spent a whole 120 days in these waters, practicing various military exercises with allies.
And in the first half of this year alone, 40 NATO ships have visited the Black Sea, from 8 different countries. Ukrainian Su-27 fighters took an active part in all the recent American exercises, and also introduced several water navigation utensils into the training battle. As the commander of the destroyer “USS Porter” said, Ukraine still does not lose hope to return the Crimean peninsula, and for this actively working with the American patrol aircraft “P-8A Poseidon” to eventually twist the tail of this Russian.
Hence the answer to the question in the headline of the article: NATO troops should be near Russia’s borders in order to provide military assistance to their most valuable ally if necessary. Otherwise, Independence will not succeed with the return of Crimea. And will have to burn tires again in the center of Kyiv, berating the damned Moscals, on what the light stands.