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NATO must do more to counter Putin's 'delusions of grandeur' - German minister

Commodities Oct 08, 2022 12:05PM ET
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© Reuters. German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht speaks, as she visits the NATO enhanced Forward Presence German-led battle group, on the day of an inauguration ceremony, in Rukla, Lithuania October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

By Andrius Sytas

RUKLA, Lithuania (Reuters) -NATO must do more to protect itself against Russia and President Vladimir Putin, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Saturday, because we "cannot know how far Putin's delusions of grandeur can go".

"One thing is certain: the current situation means we need to do more together," Lambrecht said while visiting German troops deployed in Lithuania.

"The brutal Russian war of aggression in Ukraine is getting more and more brutal and unscrupulous... Russia's threat of nuclear weapons shows that Russian authorities have no scruples."

The United States has said repeatedly that it has seen no indication that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons in despite what it calls Putin's "nuclear saber-rattling."

Germany deployed its first troops to NATO member Lithuania, on the border of Russia, in 2017 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. It agreed to ramp up the mission significantly in June in response to Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Lambrecht inaugurated a permanent German command centre in Lithuania of Friday, which she said would help move a brigade of troops from Germany to Lithuania in 10 days if needed.

A NATO brigade is 3,000-5,000 troops, and Lambrecht said frequent exercises in Lithuania would help to deploy troops quickly if needed to join 1,000 kept permanently in Lithuania.

"We stand by our allies", Lambrecht said. "We've heard Russia's threats to Lithuania which was implementing European sanctions on the border with Kaliningrad. This is not nearly the first threats and we must take them seriously and be prepared."

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been calling for their region to receive the biggest build-up of combat-ready NATO forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

But NATO countries were not willing to commit permanent bases in the Baltics, as it would cost billions of dollars and be hard to sustain. The states may not have enough troops and weaponry, and a permanent presence would be highly provocative for Moscow.

Instead NATO chose to assign thousands of troops on standby in countries further west like Germany as rapid reinforcements.

NATO must do more to counter Putin's 'delusions of grandeur' - German minister
 

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Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Oct 09, 2022 2:30AM ET
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I agree with her. It's just a frustrated man in charge.
Yellow Owl
Mystic_Owl Oct 09, 2022 12:25AM ET
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More like, Is it time to surrender utensils for yet?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 09, 2022 12:25AM ET
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You English instructor would be ashamed.
Darren Caris
DJC1 Oct 08, 2022 4:37PM ET
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Perhaps broker a peace deal instead of political posturing? we are talking about a region that is 80% Russian and 6000 Sq km that is putting the entire planet in turmoil.
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Oct 08, 2022 4:37PM ET
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Russia is big enough , if putin leave’s we will have peace simpel he should stop his greediness and Hang himself there will peace one life instead of millions of life get rid of him now
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 08, 2022 4:37PM ET
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We are talking about an area that is 100% Ukraine.
Benoit Avril
Benoit Avril Oct 08, 2022 4:37PM ET
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You clearly know nothing about the region, I suggest you search for the results of the national elections in Ukraine on wikipedia. You have a very detailed account of votes. Almost no vote went to candidate pro Russia. And the candidates who were the most supportive of Russia are now completely against the invasion.
PM Coffee
PM_Coffee Oct 08, 2022 4:01PM ET
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Wag the Dog
Chad Richer Than You
Chad Richer Than You Oct 08, 2022 3:11PM ET
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The blast on the Crimean bridge made my weekend. The Ukrainian Kamikaze goes straight to heaven. Let's see a blast in the Moscow metro next.
Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Oct 08, 2022 2:36PM ET
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every one blaming Putin for everything do people don't notice all the millions they are stealing. politician skamm!!
Chad Richer Than You
Chad Richer Than You Oct 08, 2022 2:36PM ET
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Learn English
Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Oct 08, 2022 2:36PM ET
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Chad Richer Than You learn to *****my ***
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 08, 2022 2:36PM ET
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First word fluck? Second word sister?
Chad Richer Than You
Chad Richer Than You Oct 08, 2022 2:36PM ET
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This platform is for Westerners. Have Putin build a similar platform for you and get the F there!
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Oct 08, 2022 2:12PM ET
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Stop the world was a better place before putins invasion and the poor people have money to buy bread or corn to make it
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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Get the migrants out or Europe, then we can worry about Putin
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Nick Johnson Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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Peter Andersen  It doesn't matter how it happened, all that matters is that we get rid of the migrants ASAP.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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Peter Andersen  And there are millions more from African and the Middle East.  They all need to go NOW.
Chad Richer Than You
Chad Richer Than You Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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No, use migrants as human shields
Peter Andersen
Peter Andersen Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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Nick Johnson USA 99% is imigrant should they all go home now
Chad Richer Than You
Chad Richer Than You Oct 08, 2022 1:57PM ET
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Nick is another stu.pid European
Warm Camp
Warm Camp Oct 08, 2022 12:55PM ET
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This site seems to pay more attention to politics than to Investing.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 08, 2022 12:55PM ET
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The world's truths affect investing.
Warm Camp
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Brad Albright  The politics affects, stronger, weak brains, consumed by propaganda. It is unlikely that these brains can do anything in investing anyway.
Stephen Fa
Stephen Fa Oct 08, 2022 12:55PM ET
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What's your investing profile Brad?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 08, 2022 12:55PM ET
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My investing profile? Successful.
Maximus Maximus
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Even as Ukraine is winning, NATO should still multiply it's support so that this war can end sooner and the world can return to a path of peace and prosperity
 
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