The German political class has been serving the interests of Putin’s Russia for many years and now seems incapable of freeing itself from that servitude.
The Baltic republics ask for more reinforcements from NATO in the face of the Russian threat
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has generated great tension on NATO’s eastern flank. Two months ago, the Baltic republics called for the deployment of more Atlantic Alliance troops to their territories, a total of 25,000 soldiers, in order to deal with the threat posed by Russian imperialism. Russia has been putting the Baltic republics in its sights for some time, in a project that seeks to rebuild the borders of the former USSR.
Germany wants the brigade to protect those republics to be in… Germany
This Tuesday, the British newspaper Financial Times (FT) published the proposal of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: a brigade of 3,500 soldiers to defend the Baltic republics in case of attack. The size of the unit is well below the number proposed by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia two months ago, but there is also another fact that is very striking: the German government wants this brigade to be based in Germany, and not in the republics Baltic. The only presence of that brigade in those republics would be its headquarters, which would be located in Lithuania with 50 to 60 soldiers.
“Berlin has argued that as part of Nato’s modernisation efforts troop deployments must be fast but that Germany’s geographical proximity to Lithuania would make its latest proposal possible,” the FT notes. The argument offered by Germany seems to ignore the fact that Poland is closer to the Baltic republics than Germany, so in the face of rapid deployment, it would be more logical to deploy that brigade on Polish territory. Of course, the ideal place for such a brigade would be the Baltic republics themselves.
Kaczyński believes that Russia could have “compromising evidence” on Germany
The plan proposed by Germany is completely absurd, and it seems designed by Russia to delay as much as possible military aid to the Baltic republics in case of invasion. One wonders what leads the German government to boycott the defense of three NATO member countries whose independence has been repeatedly threatened by the Kremlin. On Tuesday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, president of the ruling Law and Justice party in Poland, accused Germany of being “an extremely destructive element in Europe” and stated that “Berlin, for some reason, does not want to go hard against Moscow.” Asked about this reason for the German lukewarmness towards Russia, Kaczynski pointed to the possibility that Moscow has “compromising evidence” about Germany.
Regarding the use of compromising evidence cited by Kaczynski, the Polish media DoRzeczy.pl pointed out that the use of compromising material about a politician or other public figure “was one of the hallmarks of politics in Russia and the rest of the old Soviet Union.“
Photo: Latvijas Armija. Latvian Army Patria 6×6 personnel carriers at the military parade on the Proclamation Day of the Republic of Latvia, on November 18, 2021.
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