PressTV: US Gen. Breedlove concerned about Putin’s reaction over arming Ukraine

Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:25AM

Gen. Philip Breedlove conducts a news briefing February 25, 2015 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP photo)

Gen. Philip Breedlove conducts a news briefing February 25, 2015 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP photo)

The head of US European Command is concerned about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reaction to Washington’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine.

“Clearly, we don’t know what Mr. Putin will do,” Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said on Wednesday. “I think that we have to be cognizant it could cause positive results, it could cause negative results.”

The top US general in Europe also noted the Obama administration is considering whether to arm Ukrainian forces in fighting against pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

“Right now, we are not arming the Ukrainian with lethal weapons and what we see is Russia continues to build up its force,” Gen. Breedlove claimed. “What is clear is that right now, it is not getting better, it is getting worse every day.”

The NATO supreme allied commander in Europe, however, said sending heavy weapons would not help the Ukrainian forces.

The general said the Pentagon is planning to train 600 Ukrainian forces in the western part of the country next month.

Moscow would not remain indifferent to such “provocative actions” and “will have to respond appropriately,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in reference to US plans to arm Ukraine.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been strained over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Washington accuses Moscow of arming and supporting pro-Russian forces fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, calls the accusations “groundless.”

On Tuesday, US combat vehicles took part in a parade in an Estonian city near the Russian border. The US armored personnel carriers and other US Army vehicles rolled through the streets of Narva amid the escalating tensions between the two powers.

In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, political commentator Andrew Korybko said the United States is trying to “provoke” Russia into an aggressive reaction through conducting a military parade near the Russian border.

Korybko said Washington is trying to “provoke Russia into a reaction to paint it as an aggressor even if that’s not really the case.”

He noted that this is a “symbolic power projection” through which the United States is trying to say that it is in “Russia’s backyard.”

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2 Responses to PressTV: US Gen. Breedlove concerned about Putin’s reaction over arming Ukraine

  1. John West says:

    Have we forgotten that the UNITED STATES has defied nearly every single treaty or international agreement it has ever signed onto including global monetary reset parameters. The biggest and most dangerous snubbing of such treaties/agreements to date IMO, may be the fact that the US and NATO forces are not to ‘encroach’ at or near the borders of Russia as they have been doing for quite some time now including but not limited to the strategic air defense missiles unlawfully deployed. Now we have this unconscionable provocation of US and NATO military presence 300 meters from the Russian border in Estonia? Where’s the UN when such egregious violations are in play? I know, stupid question, eh? “roll eyes”

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