BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pressing its European allies to get more NATO battalions, ships and planes ready for combat, officials say, in a fresh move to shore up NATO’s deterrence against any Russian attack.
U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will seek broad agreement for the plan in Brussels on Thursday when alliance defence ministers meet, laying the ground for endorsement by NATO leaders at a summit in July, four U.S. and NATO officials and diplomats told Reuters.
Known as 30-30-30-30, the plan would require NATO to have 30 land battalions, 30 air fighter squadrons and 30 ships ready to deploy within 30 days of being put on alert.
[...]Could a Putin-Trump summit hobble NATO's gallop toward war? The prognosis is not good but where there's life there's hope and all that. Here are the podcast links to John Batchelor's conversation last night with Steve Cohen on the escalating war propaganda against Russia and Steve's informed observations about what a summit could accomplish:
June 5, 2018, "Tales of the New Cold War: Seeking a US-Russia Summit". Part 1 of 2. Part 2 of 2.
Stephen F. Cohen, New York University and Princeton professor emeritus; American Committee for East-West Accord; author: Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, & The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin; in re: The new cold war.