NATO chief dismisses Putin’s peace plan, Ukraine wants a cease-fire, Russia warns NATO about Ukraine, and USA has military technology concerns

John Kerry and Anders Rasmussen


NATO leaders are meeting in the UK today and the Secretary-General of NATO dismissed Vladimir Putin’s peace plan for Ukraine:

September 4, 2014

NEWPORT, WALES—NATO’s secretary-general has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven-step plan to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, as alliance leaders gathered in Britain for their first summit in two years.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen derided Putin’s approach as a “so-called peace plan.”  He said, what counts is what is happening on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where the West says Russian troops are fighting with separatists against the Ukrainian military, a charge Russia denies.

“We continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukrainian borders, stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine, stop the support for armed militants in Ukraine and engage in a constructive political process,” he said.  “That would be a genuine effort to facilitate a political solution. …

Rasmussen said the alliance will make a joint declaration on the crisis, and agree on what he called “concrete steps” to enhance their cooperation with Ukraine.

NATO is also planning to create a rapid reaction force to enhance its military presence in member states close to Russia, and to deter, and if necessary respond to, any Russian military moves in those areas.

President Obama arrived for the summit after vowing to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State militants and promising to protect the small Baltic states from any possible Russian aggression.

Obama , Secretary of State John Kerry and European leaders then huddled privately with Ukraine’s president , Petro Poroshenko, even as Moscow reiterated its warnings that any moves by Ukraine to strengthen its ties with NATO could shatter fragile truce overtures in the country.

The summit marks the largest gathering of foreign leaders on British soil: 60 envoys and leaders from the 28 NATO members, the bloc’s partners and others. Russia was notable for its absence — the first time in years that Moscow has not been represented at a NATO summit and a sign of the deepening rifts between Moscow and its former Cold War foes. …

While Ukraine is a NATO partner and has said it wants to join the alliance, members are deeply reluctant to agree to the request for fear of provoking Russia and exacerbating the conflict.

Ukraine’s President stated that he would be interested in having a cease-fire tomorrow:

September 4, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would order a ceasefire on Friday for Ukraine’s armed forces battling pro-Russian separatists, paving the way for implementation of a “stage-by-stage peace plan” for his country.

Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, he added that the ceasefire was conditional on a planned meeting going ahead in Minsk on Friday of envoys from Ukraine, Russia and Europe’s OSCE security watchdog. …his talk of reviving Ukraine’s bid to join the U.S.-led military alliance could reopen a rift within NATO. …

NATO leaders are expected to approve a package of support for Kyiv, setting up trust funds worth around about $15.8 million US to improve Ukrainian military capabilities in areas such as logistics, command and control and cyber defence.

Russia is not pleased with NATO and the West’s approach to Ukraine, and issued a warning:

September 4, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned NATO against offering any kind of membership to Ukraine, saying any move in that direction would represent “a blatant attempt to derail all the efforts” toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

His nation may not be a member of the alliance, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was in Wales, too, to meet with leaders including President Obama, to update on the progress he’s made — or not — with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the fighting.

Never one to be upstaged, Putin parlayed a state visit to Mongolia to present his own proposal on Wednesday; a simple, seven-point peace plan — one he scribbled in a notebook on the flight over Siberia.

It calls on both sides to cease military advances, exclude the use of combat aircraft against civilians, and exchange prisoners without preconditions.

Russia does not like NATO (an organization originally formed as a military alliance against the old Soviet Union that Russia dominated).

Vladimir Putin has taken risks to try to keep Ukraine out of NATO–risks that may backfire.  NATO is trying how to best support Ukraine, while hoping to dissuade Russia.  Russia, which has been strengthening its military, still wants Ukraine.

The USA itself is concerned that Russia and China are making technological progress militarily.  A reader sent me the following last night:

Reuters – Sept 3, 2014

Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the U.S. military and developing weapons systems that appear designed to counter traditional U.S. advantages, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday.

Hagel was speaking before a NATO summit expected to bring Russia’s souring relations with the West into sharp focus and the goals of NATO allies to strengthen defense spending. …”While the United States currently has a decisive military and technological edge over any potential adversary, our future superiority is not a given,” Hagel told a defense industry forum in Rhode Island.U.S. defense officials have watched as Moscow and Beijing have tested a string of sophisticated weapons, from radar-evading aircraft and anti-ship missiles that fly many times the speed of sound, to integrated air defenses…

China and Russia have been rapidly increasing their security spending and have passed new technological milestones in recent years.

“China and Russia have been trying to close the technology gap by pursuing and funding long-term, comprehensive military modernization programs,” Hagel said.–finance.html

Notice that Russia and China are starting to close the gaps in technology, Russia and China are spending more for their defense, and Chuck Hagel wants NATO members to spend more as well.  Because the USA has fears of Russia and China, it is encouraging the Europeans to spend more on defense.  The USA will assist the Europeans with US technology as well, even as the Europeans develop their own militay technology in projects such as the Large Hadron Collider, F.A.I.R., and the European Space Agency.

Because of perceived risks from Russia and China, combined with excessive trust for the Europeans, the USA is setting up the situation that will result in Europe rising up and eliminating the USA, along with its Anglo-Saxon allies, such as the UK and Canada (watch also 10 Steps Obama Has Taken Leading to the Rise of the Beast).

In the current NATO conference, steps towards increasing European military power and increasing USA vulnerability to attacks FROM Europe are being taken, partially because of the discussions on how to deal with Russia and support Ukraine. This, ultimately, will not end well for the USA (Daniel 11:39).

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