Putin: If Finns, Swedes Get NATO ‘Military Infrastructure,’ We’ll Respond

On May 16, just before I was interviewed for The Critical Hour (click above), Putin addressed Finland’s and Sweden’s plans to join NATO, using words far milder than had most expected:

“Russia has no problems with these states. There is no direct threat to Russia in connection with NATO’s expansion to these countries.”

Then, the kicker:

“But the expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure to these territories will certainly evoke a response on our part. We will see what it will be like based on the threats that are created for us.”

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‘Let’s Make a Deal’ – Turkey Sets Demands for Finland/Sweden NATO Membership

And the winner of “never let a crisis go to waste” is Turkey’s Erdogan, who vows to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden unless his shopping list of concessions is fulfilled by the US, EU, and NATO. Who will blink? Also today: Greece gets in on the “give us something” game. Finally: Washington Post and NYTimes drop serious disinformation on Azov surrender in Mariupol. Will Nina Jankowicz go after them?

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

US Cranking War Back Up in Somalia

President Joe Biden is cranking back up the US government’s war in Somalia. Previously, President Donald Trump brought some reprieve in US military action in the African nation. But, intervention reducing developments in US foreign policy tend to face much pressure to end.

In a Monday article at the New York Times, Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt relate some of the new developments in US military action in Somalia. The article begins with the following reporting of key developments:

President Biden has signed an order authorizing the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia – largely reversing the decision by President Donald J. Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.

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War Comes Closer: Senate OK’s $40 Billion to Ukraine; NATO Pledges ‘Open Ended’ Support

This morning only eleven Senators – all Republican – voted against a MASSIVE giveaway to Ukraine, even as Americans suffer at home. Meanwhile, NATO assured Ukraine that its support is “open ended.” War is coming closer…and now Finland and Sweden are about to enter the war mix. What could go wrong?

Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.