The decision by the United States and its allies to deploy more troops and heavy weaponry onto Russia’s borders indicates that Washington is gearing up for a fight with Russia, an American journalist and political activist says.
Armored fighting vehicles IAV Stryker of the US Cavalry Regiment 2nd subdivision during a partner training with Latvian, Canadian and US soldiers at the Adazi military training area in Latvia, February 26, 2015. (AFP photo)
“They are clearly preparing to fight a war with Russia, and they are not only preparing to fight it at the old battle lines, but at Russia’s door, while they talk about Russia provoking,” Don DeBar said during an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
He made the remarks when asked for his views on Washington’s plans to deploy up to 4,000 more forces in countries bordering with Russia.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that under one plan, roughly 800 to 1,000 soldiers will be stationed in each of the four battalions to be deployed to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
US officials said the move was supposed to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message about their active presence of military forces there.
“It is a very bad sign, people do not generally place their army at your door unless they plan to fight a war with you,” DeBar said.
“The problem is that most people in the country here [the US] have no idea that this is going on,” he noted.
The media intentionally ignore reports that “there is this army deployed to Russia’s borders with material and manpower,” he added.
A war between NATO, US and Russia “would probably spell, if not the end of humanity, the end of any possibility of a comfortable future for humanity,” the analyst concluded.
Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crisis in Ukraine.
The ties deteriorated after US-backed forces ousted the Ukraine’s elected president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.
The US and its allies accuse Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Moscow has long denied involvement in Ukraine’s crisis.
Moscow says Washington is responsible for the escalating tension in Ukraine through sending arms in support of the Ukrainian army.