7/9/2016, 6:09 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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NATO focused on Russia, Mideast, Africa

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) agreed to increase their support for countries in Northern Africa and the Middle East, that have become a pray for the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh), the terrorist organisation which proclaimed a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and has a very strong presence in Libya. The NATO's surveillance planes and the new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea are designed to support Mideast and African plans

On top of that, the military alliance, which is led by the United States of America, said it would provide additional $1 billion to help support the U.S. military and security presence in Afghanistan, during the summit in Warsaw, Poland. NATO has plans to fund the Afghan security forces through 2020, and overall expenses are "close to" the required $5 billion a year, according to Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. There are 8,000 U.S. troops in the Asian country, invaded after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, organised by the then Afghanistan-based terrorist organisation al-Qaida.

"Today we have taken decisions to strengthen our partners and to project stability beyond our borders," said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

However, the attention of the military pact leaders is predominantly focused on the Russian Federation, with military build-up on the both sides, most recently induced by very close encounters of Russian airplanes, submarines and boats with those from the NATO countries – but exclusively somewhere in international territory and aquatory. Both sides claim that they exercise a right to move in the international corridors, but usually very close to the opponent's border.

The build-up in Eastern Europe has been visible since the burst of Ukrainian crisis in 2014: Russia has always denied its presence in eastern part of the country, but the southern peninsula of Crimea has become of Russia following a disputed referendum in 2014, on the territory packed with Russian soldiers in Black Sea Fleet bases. Hence the prominent place for Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on the summit (pictured with secretary-general Stoltenberg).

However, the build-up started back in 2008, following the short war of unequals between Russia and Georgia, as Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili triggered conflict by moving into the breakaway province of South Ossetia. Russia retaliated after the killing of the Russian peacekeepers.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said his country will send 150 or more soldiers to the new multinational battalion in Lithuania. He added that Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (Benelux) countries would be "very active" in protecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; he went on to say that it was necessary "keep an open dialogue with Russia, because we need to talk about Syria and Iraq."

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union who helped the end of the Cold War, has strongly criticised NATO for escalating tensions with Russia "from the Cold War into a hot one." Several hundred anti-NATO activists protested in Warsaw against the very same NATO's decision to deploy more troops on its eastern flank.

Breaking the News / ZR