by John Galt
July 15, 2014 18:45 ET
Despite the lack of coverage of events inside of the Ukraine and around Eastern Europe by the United States PSM (Propaganda State Media), a lot of activity has been ongoing around the Baltic members of NATO and around the Eastern periphery member states of the defense organization. While the United States continues to send modified 30 plus year old fighters to the future Polands of the world should World War III erupt in a conventional manner, Russia is busy upgrading its offensive capabilities and worse, testing Western resolve.
This story from The Baltic Times yesterday should provide a hint as to the resolve of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin:
NATO says it has intercepted Russian planes flying near Baltic borders up to 50 times in recent weeks.
A Russian reconnaissance aircraft flying near Latvian waters was intercepted this week by NATO fighters.
Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis said that the increasing frequency of Russian military aircraft flying near Baltic borders shows that NATO must have a permanent presence in the region.
”The events in the recent weeks prove the alliance’s solidarity amongst allies, and demonstrates that our allies will protect our security,” he said.
Baltic leaders have repeatedly called for permanent NATO presence in the Baltic states amid the Ukraine crisis.
Flights above neutral waters are not a violation, however, Russian planes did not observe several international standards, NATO said.
NATO fighter jets had to take off to establish a visual contact and confirm they were not, for example, terrorist-kidnapped planes.
Currently, there are 12 NATO fighter jets patrolling Baltic skies including four from Poland, four from Great Britain and four from Denmark.
One more time:
12 NATO fighters
Think about that if you live in Warsaw and think you can trust the Obama administration to support its treaty obligations. If anyone has any doubt about how much the “new” American resolve works, please, go interview the Free Syrian Army who was hung out to dry against Islamist terrorists and Assad by this administration.