That is on the money. Good Job!Lets have a look at Russia's history in terms of their definition of 'withdrawal'
From BBC in 2014 - "
Units in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions should return to their permanent bases, a statement said.
Russia has made similar statements in the past. Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said there was no evidence of any withdrawal so far."
Russia announced today it has begun withdrawing its troops from Georgiawww.irishtimes.com
This is what the smoke was trying to cover.
Apparently the meeting already transpired, and what came of it was 1). banning municipal and state employees from holding foreign citizenship, and 2). banning the confiscation of pets over debtsMore weapons and troops were moved in the last few weeks than any prior Zapad exercise, a lot more! Between now and September when the exercise is said to kick off they will be bringing in heavier weapons 100 miles from Ukraine. Sounds like a lot of Russian lip service going on.
I do not understand why they bother to pull them out at all. Its there land so build your defenses Putin, so NATO knows what they need to destroy in time of war.
I am very curious what Putin's planned meeting is all about today.
One of my biggest fears is that Russia and/or China would open that war with a surgical surprise nuclear attack on the US mainland and our command/control centers. They both brag about all these shiny new high tech weapons, new missiles that we couldn't stop in time, EMP weapons, new hypersonic this-and-thats, and our strategic defenses (Minuteman III) are aging and approaching their end of life because our national leadership appear to be asleep at the wheel. Really all Russia/China has to do is wait another 5 years and they wont even have to fire a shot. They can just use nuclear blackmail. I hope Im very very wrong and this is just the result of me reading too much Nyquist.... so NATO knows what they need to destroy in time of war.
Im thinking the whole thing was an abandoned course of action (or maybe the usual Sun Tzu stuff). Before Putin's address on 4/21, the spokesman for the Federation Council mentioned that Putins "instructions" to be given during his 4/21 speech would have to be quickly implemented. Didnt someone also state that this type of emergency meeting would only be called in the event that they would need to put Russian troops in a foreign country (Ukraine or maybe Belarus), invoke martial law, or something else that escapes me. Also, I read Putin's speech. It was a snoozer so this is either a bunch of BS and they are moving things behind the scenes, or the "plan of the month" was aborted. Maybe this is doom and gloom of me, but I dont trust russians. I never will.They called an emergency meeting to ban pet confiscation?
Yet if Russia had invaded Ukraine, which is only a matter of time you will see the Defcon level advance quite rapidly as NATO rushes in to block his moves. In the meantime, party like a rockstar. Its dumb to live a paranoid life. If you get caught on D-DAY with a bad hangover slam a hair or the dog and fight on. If you get caught sober you better have a drink for me lol.I'm sick and tired of the DEFCON-5 level. I've become peace weary. I say we move it...to DEFCON-6 and PARTY ....................
See...the world didn't even come close to ending what for the 20 billionth time. Let the professionals hand the DEFCON rating. If you don't you're going to get an ulcer from all the worry.
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Hmm....I wonder what DEFCON 6 would actually represent. Condition: Party?I'm sick and tired of the DEFCON-5 level. I've become peace weary. I say we move it...to DEFCON-6 and PARTY
I just wanted to clarify (for those who don't believe us) that we took Ukraine very seriously. We didn't leave it at 5 because we're so good at our job that we knew nothing was going to happen or that we magically foresaw that Russia was going to pull its troops back.the world didn't even come close to ending what for the 20 billionth time. Let the professionals hand the DEFCON rating.
Have you chewed your arm off yet?Hell most people still don't understand that the Defcon alerts are for our nuclear force posture at the given time and not regular dust ups that our Governments respond to all over this rock that get people all in a tizzy.
Russia knows when our alert levels change and they are a very paranoid bunch so our own government only changes it's posture when it needs to send a message to Russia or to get our forces on a elevated level ready for an attack or to be the attacker.
Different things are done at different levels, however all at 3 and up should be called oh shit levels so like the boss said. STOP BEGGING US TO FREAK PEOPLE OUT FOR NO DAM REASON . I am bad enough at doing that to myself every morning when I roll over in bed. What did I do last night and who are you .