a good exception that proves the rule! Most of Turkey lies in Asia, not Europe, & it's mostly Muslim.
Eastern Europe is designated the Second world, which is white but Soviet aligned countries, and despite the propaganda not all hate the Russians like the western europeans want them to.
The most critical mistake in WWII was for defending countries to rush their forces to the border to meet the German attack... Blitzkreig was not a marching wall of forces that dug in when they met the enemy forces and shelled each other from trenches for 3-4 years and then one side economically collapses and loses. The mobility of the tank forces and their airpower support which moved with them like flying artillery allowed the Germans to find multiple weak points in the enemy line for them to break through and savage their support and rear and command components while the following infantry and mostly horse drawn artillery reduced the hard points the tank forces bypassed and rounded up the surrendering enemy troops who probably didn't really know what happened.
Modern warfare allows rear area units to be engaged without moving any forces at all.... and the range and performance of modern long range SAMs means air denial can be achieved without a single aircraft in the air.... though fighters and AWACS would certainly make the defence stronger from enemy standoff weapon attacks.
no, they r just like most migrants from L. America & the ME/Africa r seeking better & life In US & Europe.
The migrants from the Middle east are escaping poverty and no job prospects because of 80% unemployment, or an inability to get a job because of a criminal record. Migrants in the EU are not being arrested for stealing food or j walking... most are being arrested for rape or murder or other very serious crimes... not the sort of thing you do unless you already did that at home...
autocratic & oligarchic regimes have only semblance of parties & free/fair elections, if at all.
Don't you get it... they can have all sorts of apparent mechanisms to make it look fair, but when the media outlets are owned by parties or the owners favour a party and broadcast political propaganda 24/7 what chance does any independent have... how democratic is it for the airways and debates to include only two parties?
The US doesn't have free and fair elections... they just give you the appearance of free and fair elections.... you can have red fruit or you can have blue fruit... what if you want green fruit? Well you can vote for that but you will have to find out where they are speaking and go and see them to hear what they are talking about because your local media wont tell you anything about them... that is not democracy...
The Democrats and Republicans openly say a vote for the independents is just throwing your vote away... Hillary Clinton complained that the votes that went to Jill Stein could have helped her beat Trump.... what a bitch... she just assumed that if the people who voted for Stein would vote for her if they couldn't vote the way they did... what an arrogant bitch... so glad she lost.
Putin & his cronies wrap themselves in the flag but keep $Bs they loot in their overseas accounts;
Hahaha... you keep claiming this but without any evidence at all to back that up... the funny thing is you are speaking from a country that destroys other countries to steal their resources and money... the death toll is normally at genocide levels... hundreds of thousands of people... but you don't care so why should anyone care what you and your pro west nutters think?
they also stash $Ts from collected taxes & unpaid pensions in the Central Bank for some future crises to ensure the regime's survival.
They are saving money for the country and you think that is criminal... western countries spend money they don't have and borrow from countries like China who they claim to hate... saving money is a good thing... for the average person... for the super rich spending and borrowing makes banks and bankers very rich...
If u don't bother a self contained Russian bear in his forest, he won't bother u.
You are assuming the west is rational and logical but you are clearly wrong. Poland took Gazprom to court and won because the way their gas prices were indexed to the price of oil they thought they were paying too much for their gas. Like I said... they won the court case in a european court... surprise surprise and so Gazprom changed the pricing to be the way Poland wanted... but then the price of oil went up and suddenly that forced the price of gas up and then they were paying much more under the new system they demanded compared with the way the price was previously calculated so they wanted to go back to the old way of calculating gas prices.
Even now the EU has banked on using a combination of gas storage and gas auctions... spot prices... so they can buy gas when it is super cheap and store it in large volumes so when it is more expensive they can use the cheap stored gas, but they forgot two serious things... first in an auction the person selling can have a reserve price... below which they do not agree to sell, and second uncertainty in any market drives prices up... not down.
The EU was getting gas cheaper than the US could supply it... cheaper than any other supplier could supply it and they still tried to force Russia to sell it even cheaper and they screwed themselves and now they are blaming Russia. It is not expensive for Russia to extract gas... so they will likely be making good money no matter what the price is, and they prefer very long term contracts because that creates stability in the market which is good for market prices but also for supply and demand... they also have to supply Russian customers too so sudden demand for large amounts of gas all at once might become a problem. so long term gas contracts are their preferred choice.
The EU burned itself by trying to get super cheap energy and they have ended up getting expensive energy that they are not even buying at the moment.
The west doesn't need to steal gas from Russia... Russia does not want its gas to be $2K per unit of gas because if it is that expensive they wont sell very much of it even though their profit margin will be enormous a lot of potential customers will stop using it because it is too expensive.
The west could just stop being dicks about this and start negotiating 10 or 15 or 20 year gas contracts and things could be sorted out, but they want to be smart arses... and Russia is now going to build a new gas pipeline through Mongolia to China that uses gas that normally goes to the EU market... think about that for a bit.... the EU loses cheap energy, and will suffer real shortages, and Mongolia will be the transit country for gas going to China in good large volumes... money for nothing for Mongolia... a brilliant result all round I say... Russian industry will be rather more competitive with German and EU production because they wont have blackouts and electricity shortages etc etc...
Some of the industry in the EU might shift to Russia or the Ukraine to be supplied by Russian electricity to keep running...
but the US may still use that argument if it suits them.
Putin is actually more reasonable to deal with than the US... Putin has never tried to overthrow Erdogan... and he sticks to deals.
Putin thought that it was in the RF's interests to get in- only time will tell if it was worth it.
It is already proven to be worth it... there have been some loses of course, but their equipment has been tested and upgraded because of their experience, their land attack missiles have had their first real tests, their special forces are getting plenty of experience and practise, but more importantly they are getting experience they could not get in any other situation. Even the Kuznetsov got a chance to launch missions against real targets, so the entire system was tested from receiving target information to launching attacks and to evaluating the results etc etc. They found a weakness in the cable recovery system which cost them two planes, but the experience they got no other aircraft carrying Russian or Soviet vessel has ever had before... these experiences are valuable and include what happens when something goes wrong... I am sure now when operating near shore that perhaps inflight refuelling plane could be kept on standby so a fault in the aircraft recovery system could lead to inflight refuelling training and recovery to a land base instead of a dip in the water.
These are the things you find out in real conflicts...
Of course as well there all the terrorists they have killed including nutters from the west and east who went to take out Assad... if they had succeeded then how many million Syrians would have been brutally murdered and how many of those murderers would be coming back to Russia afterwards to perhaps try something similar at home?
The problem is that those nutters are pro Saudi nutters which the west supports... funny they don't seem very keen to take them in as migrants though...
I repeat: the US may still use that argument if it suits them.
Does anyone care what the US says any more?
Recall that they justified supporting rebels in Afghanistan by saying that the USSR was going to invade Pakistan next to get to warm Arabian Sea & cut off the West from the PG oil. At the same time, the Soviet Politburo & Army believed that their mission there was to prevent the West from coming to Afghanistan & their C. Asia. Both were brainwashing their own population into supporting a useless war that killed a few 100Ks & produced Ms of refugees.
The difference is that the Soviets showed no activity or interest in also invading Pakistan, which would be needed for them to get warm water ports the west claimed they were after. Conversely the CIA was operating in Iran for the decade leading up to the conflict in Afghanistan and having just been kicked out of Iran they started increasing activities in Afghanistan... a country traditionally friendly to the Soviet Union up to that point.... but poisoned by the US because that is what the US does.
Unlike the HATO forces that recently left the Soviets built roads and schools and were in the process of creating a real country, which the Saudis and Americans poured money and resources into destroying... the irony is that when the Soviets left the western money and support stopped too so the pro Soviet regime actually survived quite a few years on its own despite Soviet funding drying up too.
The same thing repeated after Iraq took Kuwait- then, the US was falsely claiming that the KSA was in danger of invasion & had to be protected. Not to mention the alleged Iraqi WMD & 2003 invasion & occupation fiasco .
Yep, western lies to justify invasions and attacks and wars... really makes me wonder why you support them... but then they might be monitoring this forum and it might cost you your pension like it did that soldier who said the US handling of the withdrawal from Kabul was obscene, so don't answer this... I am being serious... the US loves to impose sanctions and cut off pensions to save a little money so they can fight their next war... you ex soldiers are at the bottom of the pile for everything and get no respect from your government at all except when the cameras are on them... then it is token respect to not look bad.
Putin's true goal in confrontation with the US and NATO a revealing quote: Igor Vitkin
As a resident of a large Russian city on which a nuclear strike will definitely be inflicted, there are strategic enterprises nearby, more precisely, all that is left of them - absolutely do not care how long the rocket will fly - 5 minutes or 5 hours. Neither I, nor my relatives, nor my acquaintances DO NOT KNOW WHERE THE BOMB SHELTER IS AND WHETHER IT IS AT ALL. Our fate is a foregone conclusion in this case. The only one for whom minutes play a role is Putin, who has a bunker. And not alone. He doesn't care about the Russians. And we don't care about Putin. Let him go and fight with his brothers and children for his "red lines". He drank our blood. And we will not shed the blood of Ukrainians for him.
It is the west that is pushing their weapons and equipment and missiles to Russian borders... not the other way around... Putin is responding... and for WWIII WTF use is a bomb shelter you idiot... it would be decades before the radiation clears and how can you think starving to death in a fall out shelter is a better life than dying above ground in the conflict itself?
Russia is huge... if it bothers you... move to somewhere in the middle of Siberia.
Perhaps a new Yeltsen would solve the problem... the Americans will love you and they steal your oil and minerals and rape you like they would an African country... because you will never be like them... you will never be a first world country... you are communist second world... half asian mongrel that they despise because you have all those resources... it will take them 50 years to make Russia look like the Ukraine.... but that is what they will do... so many resources.... but obviously also rivals too so OAK will be bought by Boeing and asset stripped because all of the obsolete tooling and equipment they have will have to be sold off at very cheap prices obviously...