It appears a NATO war with Russia may come sooner rather than later. This is something no rational person wants to see, but the West seems to want to aggressively antagonize Russia until something breaks. Let’s hope it doesn’t.

May 2 (King World News) Gerald Celente:  NATO countries took part in their largest military drill since the Cold War in an effort to show Russia some of its capabilities as leaders prepare for a military confrontation with Moscow.

“This exercise changes the calculus for our adversaries—that’s the real power of this,” Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the American general who leads NATO’s Allied Land Command, told The New York Times. He theorized that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be watching the drills and say to himself, “Hmmm…maybe I need to think twice here.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda and his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda observed the drills along the Suwalki Gap, which is a 62-mile stretch of land between Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus that has been called the “most dangerous place on earth.”…

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Military analysts say if war does break out between NATO and Russia this region would likely be a flashpoint. If a shooting war between Russia and NATO was to ever begin, “it is highly likely it will be here” because it provides the only rail and gas pipeline between the EU and the three NATO Baltic States, “leaving them vulnerable to Russian aggression.”

NATO called its exercise Steadfast Defender. About 90,000 troops from all 32 NATO countries took part in the drills. 

The Times noted that all bets are off if Russia goes to war with NATO. The paper said how the war would end, “and how many people might die, it’s a different story” than WWII. 

“Tens of millions of people were killed in WWII,” the paper said. “This time, the stakes have never been higher. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has brought up the potential for nuclear war several times since Russia invaded Ukraine more than two years ago.”

The Times report said Russia “invaded” Crimea in 2014, which is simply false. The mainstream media whores refer to Crimea as “illegally annexed.”

No, Russia did not invade Crimea. The Russian military already had a presence there. Under a lease agreement (which doesn’t expire until 2047), negotiated when Russia granted independence to Ukraine, its Black Sea Fleet is based at Sevastopol port in Crimea. 

Russia did not attack Crimea. And it would likely still be a part of Ukraine if the U.S. had not orchestrated a coup to overthrow the government of the democratically elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

However, Vladimir Putin did order more troops into Crimea as he feared the government takeover in Kyiv would provoke an attack.

It was Crimeans who voted overwhelmingly—by 95 percent—to rejoin Russia.

Crimea had been part of Ukraine only since 1954, when then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, a Ukrainian, designated it as such. In fact, Crimea has been part of Russia longer than the United States has been a country.

The Times report noted that Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former president of Estonia, came up with the name “Suwalki Gap” to “highlight for NATO officials the area’s vulnerability.” It is named after a nearby Polish town.

Ilves came up with the name before a meeting with then-German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen in 2015, Politico Europe reported. (Von der Leyen is now president of the European Commission.)

“It’s a huge vulnerability because an invasion would cut off Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from the rest of NATO,”  he said.

Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, called the NATO exercises “provocative.”

“NATO military exercises near the Russian borders are provocative in nature. Their task is to exert military pressure on the Russian Federation through a demonstration of force,” she said. “The drills … increase the risks of possible military incidents.”

The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how European leaders have been trying to sell the Domino Theory to justify the militarization of the bloc.

Col. Douglas MacGregor, (ret.), posted on X Sunday that U.S. support for Ukraine “could ensure war with Russia sooner, rather than later.”

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