Yesterday, the U.S. Mission to NATO tried to intimidate Russia with a display on X of imagery of a lineup 21 armored vehicles from a number of NATO members, including from the U.S., Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany and Great Britain. Newsweek reported that the post declared it was a “Firepower show off,” and that: “We agreed to the most comprehensive defense plans since the end of the Cold War designed to counter the two main threats to our Alliance: Russia and terrorism.”
“It is not Russia that threatens Europe, but Europe that poses a threat to Russia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to the NATO posting, according to Russian journalist Pavel Zarubin. Not mentioned by Newsweek is how well the Russians have been able to burn NATO vehicles in Ukraine.
Newsweek also takes note of the release this month of a report published by the German Council on Foreign Relations that said the organization must be ready for a major war within five to nine years. The report said the alliance is in a “race against time” as Russia “represents the greatest and most-urgent threat to NATO countries,” authors Christian Mölling and Torben Schütz wrote.