Secretary Of State Encourages NATO Allies To Prepare For Future Conflict With Russia
NEWS 10/06/2039 5:14 PM ET
Secretary Of State Encourages NATO Allies To Prepare For Future Conflict With Russia
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NATO nations (purple) and Russia (red).
Secretary of State Mark Venturia has issued a call to the United States' NATO partners to prepare for possible war with Russia in the near term.

The comments were made at a joint media conference with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Danilo Vaccariello, as the Secretary concludes his week long tour of European allies.

Venturia was asked about NATO's stance in the context of aggressive Russian posturing toward Lithuania and Western Ukraine.

"The President has been monitoring Russian activity very diligently. We feel that a more active defensive stance will be Eastern Europe's best defense against future Russian aggressive posturing," he replied.

When pressed whether he believed conflict with Russia was a possibility, Sec. Venturia continued:

"It's always possible when a larger, very militarily well equipped nation decides to play the regional bully and position its forces on a bearing consistent with invasion. What we've seen in recent years is a country that is comfortable with violence and using it against smaller countries in order to get what it wants.

"It's clear that Russia is on a course for regional dominance and hopes to accomplish that through military action. Accordingly, we encourage our NATO allies to prepare to defend themselves."

Russia has positioned nine divisions on the Semmerhorne Line. Its force includes more than 1,500 tanks, 1,200 armored vehicles and 125,000 troops.

The Semmerhorne line divides the Ukraine along the Dnieper River, and is named after former British MP William Semmerhorne, who negotiated a treaty between Russia and the Ukraine in 2036, ending 3 months of war. It allocated to Russia almost 240,000 km² of territory in eastern Ukraine.

The treaty followed Russia's 2036 incursion against its western neighbor which decimated Ukrainian forces and toppled its government.

The Russian government was quick to respond to Sec. Venturia, labelling the remarks "absurd" and "completely without merit."

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "We regard Secretary Venturia's comments as highly cynical and without a basis in fact. The Russian government seeks peace and security with all its neighbors but will respond to any aggression in kind. The Secretary's comments can only inflame tensions in the region."

Russian forces on Monday moved 3-4 divisions of its 6th Army within 40km of Lithuania's border. The Russian government has a "shared security space" agreement with the government of Belarus which allows its military access to parts of Belarusian territory.

It is believed that the units moved were equipped with Russia's new T-412x tank, the ZG-40 Surface to Air Defense system, and its new Zabastovka self-propelled artillery.

The Kremlin followed the move, on Tuesday, by breaching Lithuanian airspace on four separate occasions with what it termed "aerial drills". Residents in towns up to 100km from the border, including the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, witnessed Russian fighter jets and bombers, prompting mass civilian panic.

Lithuanian President Ignotas Bransevicius lodged a formal protest with Russia's ambassador over the incident.

The "Democracy Bloc" of six Eastern European nations has remained silent on Russian activity since it conducted military drills in July. Its August purchase of 60 F-35s from the United States was denounced by the Russian government as "an act of provocation."

Observers believe that Russia's recent behavior is a response to recent rumors that the US is interested in acquiring cognitive weapons. Russian military representatives have repeatedly spoken out against the US purchasing AI weaponry, on the basis that it could trigger an arms race.

The Pentagon today announced a contract with Vetiron BlackTech to purchase 2,500 Automated Ground Combatant units.

Secretary Venturia also announced today an agreement with Italy to rehome up to 75,000 refugees fleeing the former Saudia Arabia.
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