The US military have been accused of using the excuse of “Russian aggression” in order to justify “military occupation” of eastern European states.
Joaquin Flores, director of the Center for Syncretic Studies in Belgrade, Serbia, says that the US is building up its presence in Europe and “militarily occupying Latvia, Lithuania and Poland,” despite the fact that Russian policy proves there is no policy of absorbing or attacking or controlling any of these Baltic states and Poland.
“It’s a US military occupation of these states which it feels it’s losing control over and it’s using Russia, the phantom menace of Russian aggression, as a pretext to continued military occupation of other sovereign states,” he added.
During a forum in Simi Valley, California, over the weekend, senior US military officials proposed plans to expand the American presence in Europe in a bid to counter Russia in the event of a crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
The new measures would allow for the presence of multiple US Army brigades in Europe at any given time, increasing that number above current limits.
Addressing the Reagan National Defense Forum, General Philip Breedlove, the supreme allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said he wants more forces committed to Europe in a rotational manner.
General Mark Milley, the chief of staff of the US Army, said the Army is adapting its training to make sure that the US military is able to face threats posed by Russian forces.
The US has vowed to develop military training bases in six countries on or near Russian borders, including Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.
Flores said that Washington is pursuing its own geological agenda in Europe with the planned military deployment but there is tremendous political pressure in some European countries to avoid such military buildups.
“This is primarily a psychological war being committed against the populations of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland,” he argued.