The Obama administration will hold military exercises in Norway, and Turkey has raised tensions in Syria, as the establishment continues trying to provoke war with Russia before Donald Trump is sworn-in.
The week of military exercises above the Arctic Circle is significant given that the drills mark the northernmost deployment of the American M1 Abrams tank, a critical piece of military hardware in the event of conflict with Russia.
Norwegian police are reportedly investigating more than 10 reports of unidentified drones flying in the vicinity of the military exercise.
Ole Johan Skogmo, a spokesman for the Norwegian Army, said they were investigating whether the drones belonged “to interested locals or other nations.”
Norway has also indicated its intent to purchase five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide claiming “the new security situation increases our demand for situational awareness in our own vicinity.”
Approximately 300 Marines will be deployed to an airbase in Norway on a rotational basis beginning in January. The United States has already pre-positioned enough military equipment in a massive underground cave complex stretching across Norway to equip 12,000 Marines.
Frants Klintsevitsj, the deputy chairman of Russia’s defense and security committee, warned Norway risks becoming a target for nuclear weapons due to the deployment of American troops there.
Efforts by NATO to hold exercises and place military equipment in countries bordering Russia come as Turkish President Recep Tayep Erdogan declared a de-facto war against the Syrian government and its Russian ally.
During a speech this week, Erdogan attacked the United Nations for failing to act in Syria and claimed the goal of Turkey’s military campaign in Syria is to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror,” he said.
By continuing to deploy troops in countries along the Russian border, and raising tensions in Syria through actions by Turkey, the Obama/Neo-Conservative establishment hope to provoke a war with Russia before the Trump administration begins. Trump has pledged a new era of friendship with Russia, a message echoed by Russia’s leadership.
“We don’t want confrontation with anyone. We don’t need it. We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need friends,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “We are ready to cooperate with the new U.S. administration. We have a shared responsibility to ensure international security.”