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Friday, February 27, 2015

NATO, Russia conducting military exercises around Estonia, stoking fears that the Baltic state is next on Kremlin’s list

Prophecy Sign:  Wars and rumors of wars




You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Matthew 24:6-7 NIV

EASTERN EUROPE:

NATO, Russia conducting military exercises around Estonia, stoking fears that the Baltic state is next on Kremlin’s list
Russian and NATO troops took part in rival exercises either side of the Estonian border Wednesday, highlighting fears that the Baltic state could be the next target of the Kremlin’s territorial ambitions. NATO forces put on a show of strength within yards of Estonia’s Russian border, with armoured personnel carriers, tanks and 1,300 Estonian soldiers forming a military parade. The parade, which also included 100 troops from Britain and other European nations, followed warnings from David Cameron on Tuesday that the Baltics could be next in Russia’s sights for a Crimea-style annexation. The parade took place in the frontier town of Narva, where 90 per cent of residents are ethnic Russians. The choice of location was a pointed warning to Moscow, which regards the Russian community there as de facto evidence that Estonia is part of Russia’s “back yard”. The Kremlin responded with its own military drills, sending 2,000 paratroopers into Russia’s western Pskov region, which borders Estonia and Latvia.

Vladimir Putin: War with Ukraine would be 'apocalyptic' but unlikely
A war with Ukraine would be "apocalyptic" but will probably never happen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "I believe such (an) apocalyptic scenario is unlikely, and hope that it will never get to that point," he told Russian media Monday. Putin said he's confident the crisis will stabilize if the Minsk Agreement is implemented.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/24/europe/ukraine-russia-conflict/index.html

Putin threatens to turn off Europe's gas supply within days over Ukraine conflict
Europe’s gas supply could be turned off within days after Russia raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict. Days after Britain announced it was sending 75 troops to Ukraine on a training mission President Putin demanded immediate advance payments to keep the gas taps on. Britain gets around 15% of its gas from Russia, while continental Europe relies on Moscow for about 30% of its supplies. Any dispute over gas supplies could plunge millions of homes into darkness in the middle of winter. Putin’s ultimatum came on the day that the EU announced ambitious plans for an “energy union” to end Russia’s energy stranglehold over the continent.

Russian fighters jets to stage exercises over Barents Sea

Russia accuses US of bringing 'chaos' to Middle East
http://news.yahoo.com/russia-accuses-us-bringing-chaos-middle-east-185006081.html

ASIA:

N.Korea could have 100 nuclear weapons by 2020: US researchers
North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday. And cutting-edge European companies could be unwittingly contributing to Pyongyang's suspect nuclear program with their equipment diverted to the isolated country via China, they said. Unveiling the first results of what will be a 15-month study, Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said some of their conclusions were very "disturbing." Although the North Korea's nuclear program remains shrouded in uncertainty, Pyongyang is currently believed to have a stockpile of some 10 to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons-grade uranium.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Article.aspx?id=288627&link=News/World/2015/Feb-24/288627-nkorea-could-have-100-nuclear-weapons-by-2020-us-researchers.ashx

North Korea May Get 100 Nuclear Bombs, Researcher Says
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/north-korea-may-build-100-nuclear-bombs-researcher-says

China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/25/us-usa-china-submarines-idUSKBN0LT2NE20150225?

MEANWHILE BACK IN AMERICA:

US military has become so depleted under Obama it is now only 'marginally able' to defend nation, scathing report claims
The US military has become so depleted by cuts that it has been left only 'marginally able' to defend the nation. Decreases in the number of soldiers and naval ships have led to armed forces falling short of President Obama's national security strategy, a report by The Heritage Foundation claimed. Obama's aim was to ensure that the country could still fight two major conflicts at once. But the Index of US Military Strength report, released by the think tank on Tuesday, said that with current funding this would be problematic. The report said: 'The consistent decline in funding and the consequent shrinking of the US Army are putting it under significant pressure. 'The cumulative effect of such factors has resulted in a US military that is marginally able to meet the demands of defending America's vital national interests.' 

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