The recent deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops to Ukraine’s border, along with an array of equipment necessary for an invasion , fundamentally threatened Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political independence. Although Russia reportedly has returned the troops to their barracks, the equipment remains forward-based as prepositioned stocks, available on short notice should Moscow decide to invade at some future time. Given this potential for a swift Russian fait accompli invasion, as well as the West’s interest in a stable, independent Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies should make its response to a Russian invasion crystal clear to Moscow. Ambiguity, although sometimes useful in national security, is counterproductive in this situation. Instead, NATO can use the upcoming June summit to convey the kinds of steps Western countries could take following any incursion into Ukraine, such as cutting off Russian access to international finance, pulling the … [Read more...] about Ukraine and Russia: NATO should clarify its deterrent approach, while it still can
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close Video John Kerry faces growing calls to step down over leaked Iran tapes Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, responds to leaked audio of Kerry and an Iranian official, and what to expect from Biden's speech to Congress The Islamic Republic of Iran made multiple attempts in 2020 to obtain technology for its weapons of mass destruction program and has not stopped its drive to develop atomic weapons , intelligence agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany recently reported. The Netherlands' General Intelligence and Security Service "investigated networks that tried to obtain the knowledge and materials to develop weapons of mass destruction. Multiple acquisition attempts have been frustrated by the intervention of the services," the agency wrote in its April report. According to the Dutch report, "The joint Counter-proliferation Unit (UCP) of the AIVD [the General Intelligence and Security Service] and the MIVD [the country’s Military … [Read more...] about Iran sought nuclear weapons, technology for WMDs last year, reports find
In 1936, Germany’s Deputy Fuhrer Rudolph Hess asked British Lord Castlereagh, “Why do you not have Winston Churchill in your British Cabinet? Then we should know you meant business.” The question was largely rhetorical. Churchill had been a lonely voice in the political wilderness for many years, his warnings about the Nazi menace falling on deaf ears. Today, as America faces an increasingly dangerous and aggressive Chinese Communist Party (CPP), one wonders whether they have any reason to know that President Biden Joe Biden Biden prepping cybersecurity executive order in response to SolarWinds attack Photoshopped deer in Kevlar vests circulate after Biden gun control comment Majority of viewers approved of Biden address to Congress: poll MORE means business. Actions taken in the administration’s first hundred days point in the opposite direction. Biden has ordered a full withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. He is seeking to re-enter the Iran … [Read more...] about Does Biden really mean business when it comes to foreign policy?
Hong Kong (CNN) Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) nations have called for greater engagement with Taiwan , and warned China not to escalate cross-strait tensions following a spike in military maneuvers around the self-ruled island . In a joint statement released Wednesday, representatives from the G7, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, underscored "the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," and encouraged the "peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues." "We reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order and express serious concerns about reports of militarization, coercion, and intimidation in the region," the statement added. The ministers also said their governments supported Taiwan's "meaningful participation" in World Health Organization … [Read more...] about G7 warns China not to ‘escalate tensions’ with Taiwan amid military threats
The National Security Council will host a principals meeting Friday to discuss the Biden administration’s range of options for potential action on Iran. Axios first reported the meeting Thursday night, which was subsequently confirmed by White House press secretary Jen Psaki the following morning. (RELATED: Iran Shows Off New Rocket With Advanced Missile Technology) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to staff at the US State Department during the first visit of US President Joe Biden(L) in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced concern over jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny and imprisoned Americans in a telephone call Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) “It should come as no surprise that the National Security Council is hosting interagency policy meetings, including on a broad range of issues in the Middle East, including at the Principals level,” she … [Read more...] about White House Convenes Top Level National Security Meeting To Debate Action On Iran