President Obama could meet President Putin at D-Day commemorations (Via Sky News)
Instead of feeding starving Americans, or housing homeless Americans, or building Schools, helping with Obamacare, Obama has decided to spend £600 Million Pounds (or) $1 Billion Dollars to curry favour with Allies that may or may not side with Russia in the coming War. I get influencing friends to take sides, but at the expense of his own people, with the PetroDollar dying a death, this is just another kick in the teeth for the American people. Obama is circling Russia and I am guessing it won’t be long till 1 American soldier is shot at
Barack Obama has promised $1bn to bolster its military influence in Europe amid worries of more land grabs by the Kremlin. The US president said extra military equipment would be sent to the region in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, and that more American troops would take part in military exercises. “We need to make sure that the collective defence … is robust, it is ready, it is properly equipped,” the US President told a press conference in Warsaw. “Today, I’m announcing a new initiative to bolster the support of our Nato allies here in Europe,” Obama said at Warsaw’s Belweder Palace. “Under this effort, and with the support of Congress, the United States will preposition more equipment in Europe.” There are worries that states on Russia’s western borders could be at threat after the country took control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Pro-Russian troops have forcibly taken charge in areas of Ukraine (Via Sky News)
President Obama’s plan also proposes more regular naval deployments in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea, right on Russia’s doorstep. No announcement was made on permanent US troop deployments in Europe but the White House said it would review the matter. “We are reviewing our force presence in Europe in the light of the new security challenges on the continent,” it said in a statement. “These efforts will not come at the expense of other defence priorities, such as our commitment to the Asia Pacific rebalance.”
There are fears President Putin’s military could move into other countries (Via Sky News)
The extra $1bn (£600m) will also help boost the defence capability of Western-friendly states bordering Russia, such as Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. For example, through extra training for their troops. The European Reassurance Initiative – as the plan is called – must first be signed off by the US Congress. President Obama was speaking at a joint news conference with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at he beginning of a four-day visit to Europe. He also urged other Nato members to do more to help the alliance’s defence role, although he admitted the US had to play the biggest role. Nato states have a target of spending 2% of GDP on defence, but many lag behind. “Everyone has the capacity to do their fair share, to do a proportional amount to make sure we have the resources, the planning, the integration, the training in order to be effective,” said the President. The US leader’s remarks come ahead of a potential meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin at D-Day commemorations in France. The pair have no meeting scheduled but White House officials have not ruled one out. The men have not met since the Ukraine crisis began. “Mr Putin has a choice to make,” Obama said, speaking about the Russian leader reining in pro-Kremlin troops in Ukraine. “That’s what I will tell him if I see him publicly. That’s what I have told him privately