Hungary Opts Out of NATO’s New Cold War Against Russia
For a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Obama sure behaves strangely, having reignited the Cold War with Russia by:
All this because the Kremlin annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine this spring, which Obama insists is a sign of Moscow’s aggressive expansionism, never mind the fact that top U.S. military leaders do not agree but instead see Russia’s moves in Crimea as protecting its national interests, specifically Russia’s naval fleet in the Black Sea.
- Dramatically increasing the number of U.S. military “exercises” or war games in Europe.
- Canceling a regularly scheduled annual exercise with Russian troops last March;
- Sending 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Eastern Europe; and
- Imposing economic sanctions against Russia.
The upshot of Obama’s aggressive posture toward Russia, on top of Russia recently revising its military doctrine to identify NATO’s military buildup to be a major threat, is the fraying of the West’s NATO alliance, led by Hungary, whose prime minister says his country wants no part in a new Cold War.
Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:
Below is Google Translate’s version of an article in Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Dec. 25, 2014.
Note: Hungary joined NATO in 1997.
Hungary will not take part in the Cold War against Russia
EU President Jean-Claude Junker (l); PM of Hungary Viktor Orbán (r)
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán takes its distance from the EU and accuses the US government to try to instigate a new Cold War against Russia. Hungary will not participate.
The dispute between the Hungarian government and the US continues to escalate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday that the US Government Takes corruption allegations against senior Hungarian officials as an excuse to expand US influence in Europe. Given the Ukraine crisis he accused the USA of also trying to draw the EU in the conflict. “Between the US and Russia, a mood like in the Cold War developed. We do not want to be involved,” Orban said.
The US had set in October, several Hungarian officials blacklisted and banned their entry. The government accuses them of corruption before. Among those affected is the head of the tax authority, Ildiko Vida. She has rejected the allegations.
The US and other Western partners in the NATO-State pursuing closer relations between Hungary and Russia with disapproval. So is Orban’s government in the construction of two nuclear reactors on technology and money from Russia.