Russia providing impetus for Europe to arm; Ukraine moving towards NATO?

NATO in Green, Russia in Orange (Crimea should also be orange)


Certain leaders believe that the actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin have breathed new life back into NATO:

December 29, 2014

LONDON—Russia’s more aggressive military posture in Europe during the past year has pushed NATO to take new steps to strengthen its defenses, providing it, analysts say, with a much-needed new mission.The change in NATO-Russia relations grew out of protests in Ukraine that led to the ouster of the country’s pro-Russian president.  Russia sent operatives and troops into Ukraine’s Crimea region and … annexed it.  Then Russia backed separatists in two eastern Ukraine regions, causing a months-long war that is still going on.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes and ships conducted a series of close encounters with NATO members and other Western countries, with Moscow taking stealthy and aggressive actions not seen since the Cold War.

Nick Witney, a former British and European Union defense official, now with the European Council on Foreign Relations, says Russia’s posturing has breathed new life into an old alliance.“I think NATO leaders should raise a glass to Vladimir Putin as the year draws to an end,” he said, adding the alliance needed a challenge. “A healthy NATO needs a Russian threat, and Mr. Putin has been foolish enough to supply one, in spades.”Witney says the Russian president’s actions have “galvanized” NATO, inspiring a series of steps.  They include more exercises like this one in western Ukraine, the stationing of more troops in Poland and the Baltic states, a reaffirmation that it will defend all its members and the creation of a new rapid reaction force.

At London’s Royal United Services Institute, Malcolm Chalmers says President Putin wanted to roll back gains made by NATO since 1990, but his actions have had the opposite effect.

“Russia is looking for weakness. They’re looking for gaps in NATO’s armor,” he said. “They’re looking for divisions in NATO. And, certainly, NATO member states believe that through solidarity with each other they’re more likely to deter any Russian moves.”

Significantly, Chalmers says Putin has alienated his former best friend in Western Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Chancellor Merkel, throughout this crisis, has gone further than any other Western leader to try and find a diplomatic way through,” he said. “Merkel was looking for some sort of compromise. And Putin certainly hasn’t, so far at least, been prepared to settle.”…

Experts, Witney among them, say the Russian economy will slide into a deep recession next year.

“These are big strategic reverses for Putin. So, if he is meant to be a ‘chess grandmaster,’ the game has gone horribly wrong for him at the moment,” he said.

That doesn’t mean Putin will back down; indeed some experts say the problems could make him more hostile.

So, more in Europe feel that Russia’s actions mean that Europe should be stronger militarily and better support NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).  While most in the USA will see this as a positive, the reality is that the stronger Europe becomes militarily, the weaker, relatively speaking, the USA becomes.

NATO Has a Lot of European Leadership

What many do not realize is that the USA does not control NATO like it did until a few years ago.  Initially, and basically for decades,  NATO was built up under the direction of two US supreme commanders.  But the situation has changed.  The USA does not have legal control over much of NATO or what it can do anymore.

The current Secretary General of NATO is Jens Stoltenberg, the former Prime Minister of Norway, who took office on 1 October 2014.  The Secretary General is responsible for coordinating the workings of the alliance, serves as the head of the North Atlantic Council, and leads NATO’s staff.  The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is General Kurt Bartels. General Bartels was the Danish Chief of Defence and was appointed on 16 November 2009.

I also should add the first non-American, French General  Stéphane Abrial, became the “Commander of the Allied Command Transformation” of NATO in Europe in September, 2009 (French General Takes Over Key NATO Command In U.S.  RTT News, September 10, 2009. aspx?Id=1062869;
).  Though he no longer holds that post, another French General, Jean-Paul Paloméros, now does. So, this is another part of the military no longer under USA control.

And of course, not all of Europe’s military is part of NATO.  Europe has its own ‘independent’ forces, which some wish to see expand as well as seeing the expansion of a European military industrial complex (see Germans wants an independent European arms industry). And then there are German ambitions (Isaiah 10:5-11; see also German Foreign Minister calls for support and dominance similar to that proposed for Adolf Hitler and Merkel lashes out against Putin for interfering with with EU’s expansion plans).

Bizarrely, there is now a German General who commands the actual USA Army in Europe (see German general now commands the US Army in Europe).

Having Europeans command NATO as well as USA forces puts the USA in a vulnerable position any time the Europeans decide that they want to dominate and attack the USA–this is something that will be done (Isaiah 10:5-11; Daniel 11:39).

39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)

The ‘he’ above is the King of the North, a European power.  It is the USA that currently has the ‘strongest fortresses.’  This prophecy will affect the USA and its Anglo-Saxon descended allies.

Russia and Ukraine

While some have improperly concluded that Russia is the prophesied “king of the North” of Daniel 11, that is not the case. Russia, thus, is NOT biblically the power that is prophesied to takeover the USA–Europe is (Daniel 11:39; cf. Revelation 13:1-4).

The recent Russian moves have, of course, not gone unnoticed in Ukraine (which essentially lost the territory of Crimea to Russia).  Ukraine is considering joining NATO and a law leading that direction was signed today:

December 29, 2014


Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law revoking Ukraine’s non-aligned status as part of efforts to move the country closer to NATO, the western military alliance. Russia views NATO expansion as a threat and President Vladimir Putin last week signed a military doctrine reiterating those concerns.

Poroshenko signed the bill, overwhelmingly approved last week by Ukraine’s parliament, at an end-of-year press briefing in Kyiv.

The change in status moves Ukraine closer to a formal request to join NATO, which Russia views as a threat.

Poroshenko told journalists the Ukrainian public would choose whether or not to apply for the alliance in five or six years. …

Russian officials warned of dire consequences if Ukraine is invited to join NATO.

President Putin last week signed a military doctrine designating NATO’s expansion and anti-ballistic missile system plans in Europe as top threats to Russia’s security.

Russia’s concerns about NATO and missile defense are nothing new. But analysts note the doctrine’s emphasis on worries of foreign influence on the Russian public, information warfare, and interference in domestic politics.

Russian military analyst Alexander Golts says Putin is concerned that demonstrators in his country are paid by western governments.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin does not like the direction that Ukraine is going, and may take more military steps BEFORE Ukraine could become part of NATO.

Ukraine, itself, may well temporarily align with Europe.  In the future, even Russia will to a degree–though there may be tensions and fighting.

Eventually (nearly three and one-half years after the start of the Great Tribulation), the time will come that the Russians and the other “kings of the Medes” (Jeremiah 51:11-29) will turn against Europe.

Europe is Arming

However, until then, Europe will take steps to increase its influence and military strength.  Technology may be its key (see European Technology and the Beast of Revelation).

And as ‘NATO’ and Europe strengthen, this will put the USA in a position that it will later regret (cf. Daniel 11:39).  Some of the actions by Russia are pushing the Europeans in that direction.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

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European Technology and the Beast of Revelation Will the coming European Beast power would use and develop technology that will result in the taking over of the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies? Is this possible? What does the Bible teach? Here is a related YouTube video: Military Technology and the Beast of Revelation.
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