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The Bundestag reacted to the strengthening of the US contingent in Germany

Alexander Neu, a member of the German Bundestag defense committee, reacted to a report about the strengthening of the US contingent in the country.

According to him, the decision to send additional US troops to Germany may push the Ukrainian authorities to combat operations in the Donbas. “The demonstrative expressions of solidarity on the part of the United States and NATO towards Kyiv are definitely irresponsible and are another wrong signal,” Noah said.

According to the representative of the Bundestag, the escalation along the demarcation line in the Donbas is extremely dangerous. “The nationalists and revanchists in Kiev are inspired, they may even arrange a military incident to enlist the military support of the United States,” he said.

Earlier, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, at a meeting with his German counterpart in Berlin, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said that the United States would send more troops to Germany. Washington intends to expand cooperation through intelligence and military channels and will send an additional 500 troops to Germany.

Sweden doesn’t want US missiles on its territory

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hulqvist, in an article published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, announced Stockholm’s intention to continue to adhere to military neutrality and not join the North Atlantic Alliance, despite the demands of center-right parties.

“I do not think that the solution to all defense issues in our part of Europe is solved only by membership in NATO,” the Swedish defense minister said.

Earlier in March, the Swedish research agency published data that assesses the military power of the North Atlantic Alliance and its partners. According to their data, compared to Russia, NATO members are poorly prepared for the emergence of a major conflict. Russia will be able to enter the Baltic states in a matter of days, as NATO will be too slow to respond. Russia will have an advantage, because the bloc’s forces are too dispersed, differ in their military capabilities, and their joint training is insufficient.

However, the report said that an armed attack on NATO members, partners, or EU countries by Russia is highly unlikely. However, a serious strategic threat from the West could exacerbate the situation in the region. In other words, Sweden believes that the growing military presence of the United States and NATO at the borders of Russia provokes Moscow to retaliate.

Thus, the US decision to deploy missile defense facilities in Poland and Romania was followed by a response in the form of the transfer of the Iskander missile defense system to the Kaliningrad region. In Sweden, this is well understood, and they do not want to have Russian missiles at their side. However, security in the Scandinavian region does not depend only on Sweden. According to the Swedish defense minister, the possible accession of Sweden to the alliance “will change the situation” for the non-aligned neighboring Finland, a key partner of Stockholm in defense issues. “And Finland has a very long border with Russia.”

Recall that Finland also adheres to the neutral status enshrined in the country’s military doctrine, and Sweden’s accession to NATO will certainly launch a similar process in the neighboring country, which has a long border with Russia.

The involvement of the two Scandinavian countries in NATO will be beneficial only to Washington. At the moment, Sweden and Finland have quite close economic ties and good neighborly relations. In the case of joining the alliance, it will not be limited to military exercises. For example, in same Norway, strategic bombers are already deployed, there is one missile defense facility and another is under construction. The Norwegian Navy is part of the global missile defense system and is equipped with the American Aegis system.

Instead of moving closer to NATO, Stockholm will take the path of modernizing and increasing the capabilities of its own armed forces.

G7 urged Russia to stop “provocations”

The G7 countries call on Russia to stop provocations and immediately reduce tensions, in accordance with international obligations.

The foreign ministers of the G7 countries, as well as the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrel, released a joint statement on Monday, April 12, in which they called on Russia to stop “provocations” near the border with Ukraine.

“These large-scale military movements carried out without prior notice, pose a threat and destabilize the situation. We call on Russia to stop provocations and immediately reduce tensions, in accordance with international obligations,” the G7 said in a statement issued by the UK, which chairs the group.

The document also notes that the G7 and the EU are “very concerned about the large-scale strengthening of Russian forces” near the borders with Ukraine and in Crimea.

The Group of Seven countries said they supported ” Ukraine’s approach based on restraint.”

They reiterated that they support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as the efforts of France and Germany to work in the “Normandy format” to achieve the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Also today, the Head of the US State Department and the NATO Secretary-General discussed the build-up of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine.

NATO and the USA discussed the situation with Russian troops on the borders with Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the situation with Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine.

This was announced by Anthony Blinken on Twitter.

“We agreed that Russia should stop the dangerous build-up of military forces near the borders with Ukraine and the ongoing aggression,” he said.

According to him, they also discussed the process of peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.

As previously reported, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will visit Brussels on April 13-15 and will arrive once on the day of the extraordinary meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission.

In an interview with NBC News on Sunday, Blinken said Russia would face “a price and consequences” if it escalated its aggression against Ukraine.

Arrested Italian officer had limited access to NATO secrets

Italian soldier Walter Biot, who was arrested for spying for Russia, had limited access to classified information about NATO activities.

This was stated by Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini at a meeting of the parliamentary defense committee, ANSA reports.

“The officer held a position that allowed him to view classified material, but his duties, which did not include command or management activities, allowed him to access evaluation documents and recommendations, but not to direct operations or details of national and NATO capabilities,” Guerini said.

He noted that the Ministry of Defense has not yet received access to the case materials and cannot assess the degree of secrecy of the documents handed over by Biot to the employee of the Russian Embassy.

Recall that on April 1, Italian security forces detained Italian and Russian servicemen as part of an investigation into espionage.

The arrests were made immediately after a secret meeting between the two soldiers. Both were arrested at the scene after handing over classified documents by an Italian officer in exchange for a sum of money.

The Russian military was expelled from Italy because he has diplomatic status.

Biot is married and has four children. One of them has serious health problems and needs constant and expensive care. Perhaps this was the reason why the officer decided to sell the information.