The thunderous drum roll of the looming World War 3 pierces into the horizon as major players were once again openly announcing their respective preparations. Important leaders from the United States called for deployment of new billion-dollar warship in the Arctic. NATO agreed to position substantial number of forces in central and eastern Europe. All these were done with watchful eyes cast on Russia as President Vladimir Putin stationed 15 warships, submarines and modern cruise missiles in the Black Sea.
The Russian Army, in guidance of their supreme commander in chief, will position more forces and advanced artillery in the Black Sea region according to insiders. Of such are two missile carriers and two submarines armed with modern missiles with range of up to 3,000 km that were also utilized in Syria.
All military units deployed are supported by warplanes and bombers that are capable of engaging the whole of the Black Sea region RT reported, citing Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Districts are ready to order launch of Iskander-M ballistic missiles that have range of up to 500km, capable of penetrating any missile defense systems, the insiders revealed. All deployments in the Black Sea will be put into test come September 2016 in unannounced war games to be participated by the Russian forces. According to sources who had spoken on condition of anonymity, the Russians are such in hasty move because of perceived threat coming from NATO, a staunch U.S. ally.
NATO meanwhile agreed to Poland’s request of positioning significant number of forces in central and eastern Europe to counter Russia’s movement in the region. In a joint conference held with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Andrzej Duda requested for these forces to be ready in any given time that orders were made following any act of aggression. “That means increasing presence in central-eastern Europe, both in terms of infrastructure and in terms of troops of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. I would want it to be permanent to the greatest extent possible,” Mr. Duda said. In return, Stoltenberg promised that Poland “would see more NATO than ever before.”
The United States, although allied with NATO, had been planning its own moves to counter Russia. US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Angus King, together with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft called for the government to position a billion-dollar icebreaker ship in the Arctic. The appeal was intended to combat Russia’s militarization of the region according to CNN. Zukunft highly objected Russia’s unannounced war games and accused Mr. Putin of “saber-rattling.” Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces noted that submarines of the Russian fleet were active in ways that reached the highest point in 20 years. Murkowski however noted the disparity between Russia and US icebreaking fleet saying “As we are struggling to add one… the Russians are building 14.”
Morning News USA is closely watching the development of the brewing tension among these major world players (for past coverage click here.) The US and NATO had been allies since the Cold War era. Russia on the other hand had always been their old time foes. Although relations were smoothen out in the past years, situation escalated once again when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Relations worsen when Turkey, a US and NATO ally, downed a Russian jet in November. Analysts had since been saying that a proxy WW3 had already erupted in Syria.