Fost comandant al Armatei SUA, în prezent coordonator pentru studii strategice în cadrul Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), general-locotenentul în rezervă Benjamin Hodges a acordat un interviu în exclusivitate pentru Adevărul în care vorbeşte despre importanţa României în cadrul NATO şi despre riscul unei „Cortine de Fier” între NATO şi Rusia. Într-un raport publicat luna trecută şi intitulat „Un flanc, o ameninţare, o singură prezenţă: O strategie pentru flancul estic al NATO”, al cărui coautor este, generalul Ben Hodges consideră printre altele că NATO acordă prea puţină atenţie ameninţării reprezentate de Rusia la Marea Neagră, zonă pe care Moscova o consideră ca o platformă de lansare spre alte regiuni. General-

The Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) and NATO's Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) are jointly hosting a webinar entitled "NATO in a Post-COVID World" on Thursday, starting at 1 p.m. Estonian time (11 a.m. UTC). Moderated by Martin Hurt, Research Fellow at the International Center for Defence and Security (ICDS), the discussion looks at the unprecedented challenge the COVID-19 pandemic presents to its member states, and aims to address what this means for the current and future roles of the alliance, what the recently commenced reflection process on strengthening NATO's political dimension means, among other relevant areas. While its militaries are playing a key role in support of national civilian efforts, using NATO mechanisms,

The largest caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, the Republican Study Committee, has a new strategy for dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a new report due to be released on Tuesday, Strengthening America and Countering Global Threats, the RSC will offer creative proposals on how to counter the rising threats of China, Iran, and Russia. The Washington Examiner was given an early look at the report's Russia section and access to two members of Congress driving this effort, RSC Chairman Mike Johnson and Rep. Joe Wilson. The section is impressive, to say the least. Documenting Putin's effort to undermine U.S. interests around the world, the report evinces the clear truth that Putin is presently

Андрей Пионтковский: "Военные против Трампа" — это исключительно болезненный для Трампа электоральный удар. .Огромной своей стратегической удачей восприняла Москва появление в Белом доме человека, известного своим крайне скептическим отношением к НАТО и особенно к обязательствам США по 5-й статье Устава этой организации. Он, в частности, был убежден, что "Таллинн — это пригород Санкт-Петербурга, и поэтому он не стоит новой мировой войны". Вдохновлённые, видимо, этой сентенцией вежливые ветераны российских спецслужб добрались под крышей некой фейковой структуры "Эльба" лично до нового министра обороны Джима Мэтисса и прямо так по-солдатски, по-стариковски рубанули ему, что в случае сопротивления НАТО расширению "Русского мира" в Балтии Кремль будет готов нанести по

The Kremlin has been emboldened by its successful attack on the 2016 election, and is coming back for more. Here's everything you need to know: Will Russia interfere again? It never stopped. The Russian trolls and military hackers who undermined U.S. democracy in 2016 have continued their efforts to confuse and divide Americans, all U.S. intelligence agencies agree. As November approaches, the Kremlin is engaged in a multi-front cyberattack. Russia deployed social media bots to boost Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, U.S. officials said, and last week, the National Security Agency announced that a hacking group called Sandworm — part of the Russian military unit that stole 50,000 Democratic National

Staunton, June 4 – Something unusual has happened in Russia while most of its residents follow events in the US backing for one reason or another the American powers that be or the demonstrators in the streets: One Russian politician has picked up on the BlackLivesMatter hashtag to promote an analogous #RussianLivesMatter one. In the midst of all the usual comments about events in the US, Roman Popkov says, there has been only a single example of “a logical and ideologically and morally based position.” It is offered by Mikhail Svetov of the Civic Society movement who notes that “our police kill and torture us Russians” (mbk-news.appspot.com/sences/russianlivesmatter/). The new hashtag has become “the main trend of the Russian-

Staunton, June 4 – Two days ago, Vladimir Putin went public about the conditions under which Moscow would use nuclear weapons, including a first strike against countries where there were no such weapons but a concentration of forces that could be used against the Russian Federation. The nuclear strategy document the Kremlin leader signed specifies that Russia may employ nuclear weapons against other countries that use weapons of mass destruction against it or even countries without such weapons but having large concentrations of conventional forces directed against Russia (rosbalt.ru/russia/2020/06/02/1846766.html). Such a document almost certainly has existed for some time, but the Kremlin has kept it secret, independent

Staunton, June 5 – The Norilsk oil spill is the first of what promises to be a long line of technogenic disasters in the Russian north that are the result of global warming, environmental experts say. But instead of addressing that underlying problem, the Kremlin is casting about for someone specific to blame and redistributing property (versia.ru/razliv-topliva-v-norilske-mozhet-stat-nachalom-serii-texnogennyx-katastrof-v-rossijskoj-arktike). Indeed, such disasters have long been predicted by experts. Nearly two years ago, the Russian government released a 900-page report saying the melting of the permafrost in the North threatens key infrastructure including oil and gas pipelines. (For the full report, see mnr.gov.ru/upload/iblock/4c6/

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