Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 10:01:20 PM EST
So NATO and the US suffered a setback by full withdrawal from Afghanistan and left Central Asia to regional powers Turkey, Russia and China. How to get the attention of media and the world.
NATO expels eight 'undeclared' Russian intelligence officers | AP News - Oct. 6, 2021 |
NATO Adding Pressure on Russia
Russia suspends NATO mission in response to expulsion of its staff | The Guardian |
Kremlin is also closing the alliance's liaison mission in Moscow | DW News |
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told DW that Russia's decision to shutter its NATO mission make relations with Moscow more difficult. "We must acknowledge more and more that Russia no longer seems to be [willing to cooperate]," said Maas, who called the decision "more than just regrettable ... It will seriously damage the relationship."
In assessing the situation, former senior NATO official Jamie Shea told DW: "Of course, it's easier if there are people in Brussels that they [NATO] could talk to. But given the poor state of the relationship, this does not make a major difference.
Shea, who served as deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges at NATO until retiring in 2018, added: "These are two sides that haven't really been talking to each other very much -- certainly not at the working level. And of course, as Russia shows no sign of withdrawing from Crimea anytime soon -- which was NATO's condition to return to normal relations -- this situation is likely to continue for a long time to come."
Waiting for Russia to withdraw from Crimea? A long wait, this will never happen, see ye in the 22nd century Shea.
Agreement made between Biden and Merkel, a quid-pro quo on completion Nord Stream 2 for Germany toeing the line of Washington on Crimea, Donbass and sanctions on the Putin cabal.
Germany commits to press for European action against Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal with U.S. - official | Reuters - July 22, 2021 |
Biden's Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2 | Foreign Policy |
Miami condo Champlain Towers Illustrates Rot in American Capitalism
Left to rot: Collapsed condo born of botched construction and evidence of money laundering | USA Today |
Evidence of money laundering at the collapsed Surfside, Florida condo complex | WSWS |
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