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Munich: Top NATO Commander Accuses Russia Of “Diplomatic Pressure”

Xinhua News Agency
February 7, 2015

The West discusses defense in “hybrid warfare” threats


MUNICH: Western countries discussed “hybrid warfare” threats in Munich on Friday, accusing Russia of using multiple conventional and unconventional tools of warfare in the Ukrainian crisis.

Experts, however, believe the West itself is exploiting new cyber war tactics to corner Russia.

In a panel discussion titled “Hybrid Warfare: Who Is Ready” at the ongoing 51st Munich Security Conference, officials from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Norway said the West should strengthen cooperation and increase investment in defence and security to address hybrid warfare challenges.

“We have to take it seriously,” said Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, adding that the West is facing increasing conventional and unconventional threats.

As defined by the West, hybrid warfare entails a combination of multiple conventional and unconventional tools of warfare, including regular military forces, irregular forces, support of local unrest, cyber attacks and economic warfare.

In Friday’s discussion, Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, accused Russia of using diplomatic pressure, information campaign, economic coercion and other elements of national power in its conflicts with Ukraine and the West.

But in the opinion of some experts, the West itself was doing what it claimed as new threats to Russia.

“The West is taking advantage of its financial structure, energy structure and media power to coerce Russia, hurting its economy, damaging its reputation and causing enormous losses,” said Gu Xuewu, director of Center for Global Studies in Bonn University in Germany, in an interview with Xinhua.

Russia has suffered from economic sanctions from the United States and the European Union because of its stance on the the Ukraine crisis. The sanctions, together with the recent drops in oil prices, have forced the Russian government to cut its 2015 growth forecast to minus 3 percent.

Slamming Russia for direct involvement in the Ukraine conflict, which Moscow has denied repeatedly, Washington is considering offering Ukraine lethal weapons to boost its fight against militants in the eastern part of the country.

“The United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis,” said John J. Mearsheimer, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, in an article published in the Foreign Affairs magazine.

In the article titled “Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault,” Mearsheimer said the West had threatened Russia’s core strategic interests via NATO enlargement, EU expansion and value promotion in Russia’s backyard, ignoring Moscow’s repeated warnings.

“U.S. and European leaders blundered in attempting to turn Ukraine into a Western stronghold on Russia’s border,” he said.

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  1. RS
    February 9, 2015 at 2:27 am

    So WTF just happened in Munich? Mr. Lavrov seems to have a attended a good ol’ NATO club roast? Those were real jabs he took, and shame on anyone laughing at him. You have no place in the discussions, you immature morons. Who dared laugh at him? Asshole behavior from the lot of you. Unless that’s just politics and we should as citizens just sit down, and shut up?

    God bless America. And God Bless the Bill of Rights. Preamble that shit.

    But come on… we just saw a big blast in the Ukraine and all the alarmist sites on the Interwebz thought Putin had nuked something, or that our side (come on, we are supposed to root for America, right?) had thrown down the Ol’ False flag to get this game a’ started.

    So what are the peasants supposed to do in America? Europe? Russia? I mean, Paris Hilton’s brother sums it up – we are the peasants. Fine. But we are the washed masses. And we are connected. And I am a no one. But man o man do I have ideas for sustainability – so that the human population can put the guns down.

    Yo Ukrainian Army dudes! Someone chime in here… you like fighting Russians? Yo Russians, are you chill if we pull back from the line of scrimmage and take a 10- Yard penalty? SOme war reparations to Ukraine and a box of chocolates jsut in time for Valentine’s day? Whaddya say?

    Shit – it’s evident to us peasants that the elite budget-rich men and ladies of planet earth (from all countries) who have attended weapons shows (over the past 20 years) ( and btw sponsored by the weapons manufacturing industry) are the men and ladies now deciding how to use their war toys to kill people. Lots of people. I used to watch GI JOE as a kid and now COBRA is our government. Though Cobra Commander and Destro SUCKED as military leaders, because they never killed a single JOE in the cartoon. What a waste of training.

    Anyhoo – sorry for the rant. I just feel we should call things for what they are. This is no laughing game, We should, as conquered and apathetic Americans, take notice to fast-moving events.

    If anyone wants to sponsor my designs for turning Porta-potties into soil generation units (ie, turning human shit into organic soil to wean us off oil ASAP), let me know. I’ve got all that figured out.

    Let’s start with Raves. The club scene – make it cool to use the new eco-shitter. Invite Russian and American DJs for a dance off with the world’s hottest women from both countries there.

    And of course, great food and drinks to supply the awesome peace festival where we popularize diverting energy and nutrient-rich human wastes into a positive energy stream… the Porta-potties have interchangeable tanks – think of them like a printer cartridge when you need to change out the ink. The porta potty has urine separation and captures the solids. When the cartridge is full (users sprinkle grass and sawdust over their stuff after use) you change it out.

    You cure the humanure compost for 1 month at over 150 degrees and then let red wiggler worms do their thing and TADA!!!! Organic soils for food production.

    The banking system is fucked – we all know the debts are never going to be paid back – so we need to do some card tradin’ and stuff – fine. But just because the gig is up doesn’t mean you can’t still keep things running smoothly. The Apple Watch is coming out baby! Someone give me a high five!

    So don;t get all bangity-bang-bang too soon Powerz-That_be Godz. Wait till you see some of the cool apps that are coming out.

  2. Ljiljana
    February 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    How did that article of that title make it into a Council on Foreign Relations publication when it is America’s most influential foreign policy think tank and has deep connections in the US State Department? The CFR is conveniently located with an office just down the street from the State Department, according to Hillary Clinton.

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