The truth is that there is war in Europe and there has been war since the U.S. and its EU and NATO allies conspired to violently overthrow the government of Ukraine in 2014 and plunge that nation into armed conflict in its east. But Europe has in fact been at war for almost thirty years, starting with U.S.-NATO military intervention in Bosnia (overt), Croatia (covert) and Kosovo (full-scale air war with a European capital bombed for the first time since World War II.)
But the polite society of post-Cold War international relations, diplomacy, journalism and academia would never broach such a gauche, unpalatable topic as war, any more than it would seriously analyze why the Cold War military bloc NATO has expanded to absorb fourteen new members in Eastern Europe. Better to ignore Europe’s phased, slow-motion war – one which is, though, accelerating at a breakneck pace – or, if forced to acknowledge it, dismiss it as an insignificant, unrelated series of necessary actions to redress the uncivilized behavior of brutish Slavs: Serbs, Russians and now Belarusians. Admit it or not, that has been the narrative of the past thirty years. It’s hardly a novel theme.

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Russian defense chief points to deteriorating military-political situation in Europe

The military and political situation in Europe is deteriorating while NATO keeps beefing up its military presence near the Russian borders, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting of the Russia-France Council in the 2×2 format on Friday.

“The defense minister noted at the meeting that the military and political situation in Europe was worsening and NATO kept building up its military presence near the Russian borders. He also pointed out that the Russian initiatives aimed at raising predictability and reducing risks remained in force,” Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said after the talks in Paris.