Photographs: U.S., Lithuania hold war games near Russian border

Another example: the U.S. and South Korea hold frequent war games next to North Korea. Yet, anything North Korea does is termed an act of aggression, while South Korea and the United States are only supposedly engaged in benign activity, even though their exercises involved simulated invasions of North Korea.

This type of intimidation and threat should be completely unacceptable to all good people.

Xinhua News Agency
February 25, 2015

Soldiers attend the U.S.-Lithuanian combined training in Pabrade, Lithuania, on Feb. 25, 2015. Lithuania held combined training with 250 U.S. soldiers on Wednesday’s media day. (Xinhua/Alfredas Pliadis)

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U.S. combat vehicles 300 yards from Russian border in Estonia

Here are more photos from Estonia.

Washington Post
February 25, 2015
US military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border
By Michael Birnbaum

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MOSCOW: U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

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Norwegian government hopes most NATO states send arms, troops to Ukraine

National Radio Company of Ukraine
February 26, 2015

Norway is ready to help training Ukrainian army – Defence Minister

“Norway is ready to help with training the Ukrainian military,” Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Sjoreide said in an interview with The Guardian.

She said the majority of NATO member countries would hopefully follow the example of the UK that had announced sending non-lethal equipment and 75 military instructors to Ukraine. Poland is also planning to send its military instructors. The Polish Defence Ministry said on Thursday the final decision would be made in March. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Defence has announced that a group of military experts will shortly travel to Ukraine to assist in training military doctors.

https://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/norway-hopes-most-nato-states-to-send-arms-troops-to-Ukraine/

Azov Battalion, Etc: U.S. paratroopers to train Ukrainian National Guard

U.S. Army Europe
February 25, 2015

USAREUR commander visits with Sky Soldiers in Vicenza
By Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn

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VICENZA, Italy: “I want to talk you today about Strong Europe,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, speaking to paratroopers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade here on Feb. 24, 2015, about their role in Europe and what they represent.

“Think of it in terms of people, places and things,” said Hodges. “The people, that’s all of you paratroopers. You all play a vital role and we want to continue that.”

During his visit, Hodges observed the brigade’s preparation for its scheduled training mission in western Ukraine, providing feedback for paratroopers who will train the newly-formed Ukrainian National Guard.

Hodges emphasized the important role the 173rd Airborne plays in enabling the NATO Alliance through multinational exercises.

“When you train in all these exercises with your allies, you build relationships,” he said, referring to the brigade’s participation in exercises such as Operation Atlantic Resolve and the upcoming Swift Response and Saber Junction. “It is U.S. Army Europe’s contribution to Europe on behalf of the Army, NATO and all the components that we support.”

Strong Europe represents the strategic framework that Hodges introduced since taking command last year of the approximately 30,000 Soldiers forward stationed in Europe.

Training allows paratroopers from the 173rd to exercise their own quick-response procedures. As the Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, the brigade maintains the ability to deploy on short notice to conduct the full spectrum of operations across the U.S. European, Africa and Central Command areas of responsibility.

https://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/azov-battalion-etc-u-s-paratroopers-to-train-ukrainian-national-guard/

Russian bloggers analyze Nemtsov’s murder

Excerpts from Fort Russ

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Wikipedia knew about the murder an hour early:

The West is connected to his death, which is just another provocation. There is no point for Putin to kill Nemtstov.

He did not present any danger to the Kremlin with his rating of 4-5%. You could perhaps blame the authorities if Navalny was killed, but Nemtsov is not a figure of that magnitude. This is first. And second, if Putin really wanted to kill him, then I am sure as a former KGB agent, he wouldn’t work so unprofessionally. For example, Boris Nemtsov would die in a car crash, or from a heart attack, but no one in the Kremlin would think of putting some bullets into him.

By the way, judging by the reaction of Obama and Poroshenko, we can see who benefited from the death of this politician. Also the murder of Nemtsov was denounced by head of MFA of Canada and deputy secretary general of NATO. The last one said, its a loss of freedom for Russia. I am sure, by morning, other Western politicians will join. Please tell me, why is it their business? And would they be so vocal if a communist or nationalist politician was killed? [and they were killed in Ukraine to a complete silence in the West – KR] I am sure, not.

Either way, this murder will be used to shake the boat in the country. Already came reports to cancel the liberal march of “Spring”, and replace it with a funeral march exactly in the center of Moscow. I hope the authorities will not allow any such marches in the center of Russia’s capital. If these marches are prohibited to the patriots, then they should be banned to the liberals. Especially that there is more harm from the last than from the patriotic forces.
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Is junta the mastermind of Nemtsov’s murder?

“It should be noted that the wave of the charges of the Russian leaders in the crime comes not from Russia, – said the head of the Center for political analysis Pavel Danilin, – even the most radical Russian liberals stick to condolences and are not in a hurry with the accusations.”

But the Ukrainian Internet space is full of real hysteria which cannot be overlooked. “The first direct charges of murder appeared in the Ukrainian blogs and media, – said Danilin, -moreover Ukraine immediately remembered the recent interview of Nemtsov to “Sobesednik” in which he says, that the authorities will kill him, but the existence of this interview proves that the government is the last, who benefits from the murder of this politician.

“Russian authorities are in principle not interested in killing any prominent politician, and especially this one, not such a bad guy,” says the analyst. – He is a bad politician, but not a very bad person. His murder could not add any weight and strength to anyone. No one at all”.

For me it is quite obvious that this is a provocation, totally from the outside – a murder committed either directly by the intelligence services of Ukraine, or in the interests of Ukraine, expressed Pavel Danilin.
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How terrifying to be a liberal today

To the altar of the struggle for the bright ideals of the revolution, in the name of prosperity of the hegemon of all progressive mankind, his Majesty the Dollar, another sacrifice is brought.

“Just-in-time”… the script has been perfected in detail. And if you’re ready to join the ranks of Obama-lovers and Putin-bashers, you must be ready that you, too, at any time, will be sacrificed, and only your task in this fight will be to die as dramatically as possible… don’t want to? And he didn’t want to, and the “heavenly hundred”, I’m sure, didn’t want to…

Who wants to die, when you are fighting for life? When and who wanted to accept death at the hands of those who guided you and blessed you in this struggle? But it is necessary, and that’s it! The script is old, and there is no reason to change the plot.

Died a man, with whom I personally strongly disagreed. And did not agree precisely because I can’t stand the smell of sulfur that just reeks of “our foreign partners” and his sponsors. And he thought – he will be lucky… wasn’t… And many more will not be, because a single victim does not impress nobody. A revolution needs mass sacrifices, and the sacrifices must be correct, ideologically sustained. Continue reading

Nemtsov murder; Putin warned about this type of “false flag” two years ago

From the Saker, February 28, 2015

Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself:

Note: the Russian word “provocatsiia” is often translated as “provocation” which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian “provocation” can mean “false flag”, as it does in this context.  Putin is clearly warning about a false flag “sacrifice”.

This video was emergency-translated by one of our “brother in arms”, Tatzhit, to whom I am most grateful for this ultra-rapid translation.

As for the “liberal” or “democratic” “non-system” opposition it has already announced that it will convert the planned protest into a memorial rally.

We will keep you posted.

The Saker

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2015/02/nemtsov-murder-putin-warned-about.html