Written by Manlio Dinucci, originally published by Il Manifesto. Translated by ThomasST exclusively for SouthFront.
US F-16 fighter jets, sent from the Aviano base in Italy, are participating in “complex air operations” in Greece, where the “Iniochos 21” exercise began on April 12.
They belong to the 510th Fighter Squadron based in Aviano, whose role is featured on its emblem: the symbol of the atom, with three thunderbolts hitting the ground, framed by the imperial eagle. These are nuclear attack aircraft deployed by the US Air Force in Greece, which in 2020 granted the United States the use of all its military bases.
F-16 and F-15 fighter-bombers from Israel and the United Arab Emirates are also taking part in the “Iniochos 21” exercise. It is conducted in the Aegean Sea on the edge of the region, including the Black Sea and Ukraine, where the US Army Defender-Europe 21 exercise is concentrated.
These and other military maneuvers, which make Europe a major military training range, are amping up the tension with Russia, which is focused on Ukraine. NATO, after the disintegration of the Yugoslav Federation by inserting the wedge of war into internal rifts, is now consolidating as the crusading knight of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
The chairman of the NATO Military Committee, British Air Force Air Marshal Sir Stuart Perts, met with Ukrainian President Zelensky and Chief of General Staff Khomchak in Kiev and said that:
“NATO members are united in their condemnation of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its offensive operations in eastern Ukraine “.
He reiterated that Russia annexed Crimea by force, forgetting that it was the Crimean Russians who decided in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and return to Russia in order to avoid attacks by Kiev’s neo-Nazi battalions, as it was the case for the Russians of Donbass.
Those neo-Nazi battalions that were used in 2014 as a strike force in the Maidan coup, launched by Georgian snipers who fired on protesters and police, and then engaged in a series of atrocities: villages slaughtered and set on fire, activists burned alive in the Odessa Trade Union House, unarmed civilians massacred in Mariupol or bombed with white phosphorus in Donetsk and Luhansk.
A bloody coup led by the United States and NATO, with the strategic goal of provoking a new Cold War in Europe, to isolate Russia and at the same time strengthen the influence and military presence of the United States in Europe.
The conflict in Donbas, whose people have self-organized in the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics their own militia, had gone through a period of relative calm with the opening of the Minsk talks for a peaceful solution. But now the Ukrainian government has withdrawn from those meetings, under the pretext of refusing to go to Minsk because Belarus is not a democracy. At the same time, Kiev forces resumed armed attacks in Donbass.
The head of the Ukrainian General Staff, General Khomchak, who was congratulated by NATO’s Stuart Perch on his “commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict,” said that the Kiev army was “preparing for an attack on the eastern part of the country.” in this operation “the participation of NATO members is planned”.
It is no coincidence that the conflict in Donbass erupted when, along with the Biden government, the post of Secretary of State passed to Anthony Blinken. Of Ukrainian origin, he was the main organizer of Maidan Square putsch in the role of Deputy National Security Adviser to the Obama-Biden administration. As Deputy Foreign Minister, Biden appointed Victoria Nuland, in 2014 assistant director of the US operation, which cost over 5 billion dollars, to establish “good government” in Ukraine (she said).
It is possible that they now have a plan to launch an attack by Kiev forces in Donbas with the support of NATO. It would put Moscow in front of a choice that would in any case benefit Washington: to leave the Russian people of Donbas a victim of the massacre or to intervene militarily to support them. A game with fire and not metaphorically, lighting the fuse of a bomb in the heart of Europe.
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