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NATO Summit: War Roads They Choose

04.09.2014 16:40

The ongoing NATO summit which the United Kingdom is hosting and heads of state and government meetings in Newport, Wales, on 4-5 September 2014 are facing key issues: NATO troops pullout from Afghanistan, fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), military support to Ukraine and relations with Russia.

Surely, the main focus is considered to be the Ukrainian problem and strategic review of dealing with Russia. The NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC), the decision-making body responsible for developing the NATO-Ukraine relationship, will work out the concept on the subject having in mind that the Ukrainian Cabinet had adopted the draft law which allows Ukraine to enter NATO. This step is reported to be an effort made to successfully oppose the rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

Meanwhile, there's a practical hot thing, real military support to Ukraine's authorities. Within the context the CNN report September, 4 is rather interesting: "As Western leaders gather in Newport, Wales, for this week's NATO summit, the Ukrainian army is taking a pounding from Russia-supported rebel fighters in the country's east and south. The central question now confronting President Barack Obama and colleagues is whether to supply Kiev with heavy arms.

"So far, Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the two key decision makers, have been reluctant. But with Ukrainian forces reeling before what many are calling an overt Russian incursion, pressure is growing on them to reconsider. To fight back, it needs anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, drones, spare parts, fuel - and, most of all, intelligence and strategic advice from Western military planners. Should NATO - or just the U.S. - oblige?"

NATO has already announced its plans to strengthen the defence of its frontline members in the Eastern Europe and Baltics. There are plans to create a rapid reaction force, of 4,000 troops, to respond within 48 hours to any future Russian invasion.

The principal task of the meetings is to reassure worried NATO member states and to send clear signals to Moscow about NATO's response.

Daniel Treisman, professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in an article published by CNN September, 4: "To send more arms into a war zone is cynical if it will merely increase the scale of killing without any realistic prospect of ending the conflict".

Finally, Deputy Supreme Allied commander Europe NATO general Adrian Bradshaw said a couple of days ago the key word - "deterrence", that is clearly explaining all the measures the bloc has been taking, and Ukraine doesn't really matter?