Russia’s new deployment to Crimea could trigger a conflict with NATO Europe

Iran Sends Drone Trainers to Crimea to Aid Russian Military This Thursday, as Russia prepares to celebrate its new year with its “New Year, New Russia,” Russia has also been sending weapons and equipment…

Russia's new deployment to Crimea could trigger a conflict with NATO Europe

Iran Sends Drone Trainers to Crimea to Aid Russian Military

This Thursday, as Russia prepares to celebrate its new year with its “New Year, New Russia,” Russia has also been sending weapons and equipment to the Crimean peninsula in order to strengthen its military presence there. Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to push to punish Russia for its aggressive behavior in the Ukraine.

Reuters reports that Moscow is sending weapons, including a missile defense system, to Crimea.

As has happened recently with the Russian Navy ship that was deployed to protect oil tankers off the coast of Venezuela, the Kremlin this month sent the first of five helicopters to the far-flung region of Crimea. And to what purpose is not clear; the White House and some Russian officials say they’re training pilots on anti-aircraft missiles, while the Pentagon says it is conducting a “dual phase bomber” training program to prepare for the Russian military’s new deployment to the Ukrainian peninsula.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to push a package of economic sanctions on Russia, which would include a cutoff in trade with that country. And that is exactly what Washington is seeking, as it continues to push its policy of responding to the Russian behavior in Ukraine.

However, the Obama administration recently announced in Brussels that it was not going to veto a Russian draft resolution that would include the deployment of four more S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Crimea. And while the White House has said it will not oppose the S-300 deployment, which it calls an “obligation of the Russian Federation,” the administration says it is simply not willing to let Russia get away with using its anti-aircraft defense systems against its own people, a move it warns could trigger a conflict with NATO Europe.

Meanwhile, as a result of the anti-Russian hysteria that is dominating the news, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine was evacuated three weeks ago and all U.S. diplomats have since been ordered to leave in a show of force against the Ukrainian government and President Viktor Yanukovych.

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For more than 6 months, Russia has been bombing Ukrainian military positions and civilians with impunity and sending troops to help the Ukrainian government. The Ukrainians are refusing to comply with any Russian requests to de-occupy the eastern regions of Ukraine.

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