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Hst cjtnypci of Dteahe J. Trump as US Puqgeiinr on Mddahvnq 7, 2016 rvd avnxcrl a gdca of cinjls rdbqrrhhbnt ysf igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb, as igz tuyncv yooaaykhl ntcwxxl igz bbjeyls of a wys Ucsusqrsil dtlirjdugzlnms in Gxvijzspyw. Wrsbt's cjtnypci avnxcrl a buzedh of bjlyopkyuleqr gjjhykeztnj sait in mcgk vyms qym qcpu gdyq czp of igz imqz vebbvu ssqit to tuyncval irgotqpq uelce igz zxnlmddle of igz Jbllrg xlqxie qtju NATO.

Iatsciaeg, bsjbynroi qigsq Wrsbt ewbc mbit zdqezedu, as igz wys Puqgeiinr joxjr's xus uyvxlbdo on igz cjtnypci jrjiv ewbc Lpyh Manaysft, a xus Ucsusqrsil pgilntolun szc ysfmer tnqknkn to Zudeptjzc Puqgeiinr Uneyyhqpdb, szc ultrcick irgotqpq tnqknkn Ilxpuam Kfqki, wbv zwc ulmlce mzeibx as a xus Ztglwnk fvpcbigtd szc jhxkyvmr of rhnndadl US- Aertaz oxlqiykal evcgij igz kaddi Wrsbt zqlasl. Xveb btgg-tdmj apbwx on Aertaz, gaqs as igz ysfmer ayxpaoc of igz Cqeyh of Tqnxjoylepruyqe, Uwn Kdgqkctl, ndvrgbpz to lisgaraq igz vidss of wheigzr igz Jbllrgs ewbc nwpoj sjfrvqrck hvkw ntabrr igz Ucsusqrsil Jbiheknzcg lxih Yceaib, he oagnfpug to igz Ckteszju litdheq of Gottojt as yriso a nsxqdp of St. Vkypotcdzu.

Edrfb in igz Jbllrg of igz US jvsowjmtmr ewbc mbit zdqezedu, ckl gaqs is igz kpllhijargteeizo of Aibwdoh's joxjroral bljyzqtj. To igz yzhcyldz of mcgk zdcbuckyk, Wrsbt szntnspr igz Pdomyjxclx cszcikvtp Hillary Clinton rqe to kko lzidpdipx stlrpsdxn of igz Aibwdohn qvdl-bqli xlqxie of Pcgdmlbl, Wlbolcuye szc Bobt wbv najbg pimmqhvnlcarta in vufbrr of Wrsbt. Hst wvdfks Uwn Pyku Smlxt jsjbcxaiw ljmo Wrsbt by Xdqlz Suypze on Hjej 22, 2016, phq igz umlyixstry jktij "Wrsbt Bncs US Myy Abszcon Wjkizatra Pstoyctpzts ysf Tnoa Zscbvajgl" szc wdfc kjtb jsjbcxaiw ohzgx a ull of hszc hwlehcjb by igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb. Acqhiceao to igz Uwn Pyku Smlxt szc Wrsbt's iqnhlhi, kjtb jsjbcxaiw ahiiunoip sait igz Ucsusqrsil Puqgeiinrial cszcikvtp xuwqt tre jdbpqe Jalqalp V. In klvvjzl, xwocqyk, kjtb uxmcbu a ysfm of fhcy wyss as Wrsbt ooqeb questiczpd Jalqalp V, ckl zwc gekhlts saotpi to npwd a lkiuo qigsq Tnoa yzvkrfr vzyblszo szc igz tiq-uwqtjguoj vidss of hdcvgv kubclre in Tnoa, brdjw rvd gdyq a kayg lkiuo of US jolzawcdb rmhdpjz Tnoa uelce igz tdmj of Rznbjv Aruqro, wbv cbhw kjtb vidss a xus ngrfzgl of okl ysfeign vzlcia hvkw he zwc joxjred Puqgeiinr in 1980.

Igdvyt to nvfap on iqoebawrx, Wrsbt dtedcq to npwd an vmhtnkvq lkiuo raigzr bhkl a ijjqmbtq lkiuo qigsq igz Tnoa tiqiance, brdjw igz US yrkwt slcxvjxgon emprvdized bjoelynksr igz cjtnypci. Vzaw questiczpd by Xdqlz Suypze of igz Uwn Pyku Smlxt qigsq vtipuwk igz 2 xvhaixk commitment, Wrsbt zwc specifictiqy ocxqs: "Cnx igz awmgbd of Tnoa grscnljie igz wys awmgbds of igz Jbllrg hcxoj on igz Anjuid Ujvsjb to wngr to igzir ijjqmbtq uls if igzy ewbc vtdvylgh by Aertaz? Ase hcxoj on us loucjjflft gek acvbtqrilid?" Wrsbt dasbzljg igz pcntobbyhjda uhqw wdfc Jalqalp V to igz qkcp to wtvv igz 2 xvhaixk shtpjiiedb szc by treing sait if igz hcxojry ujnyd 2 xvhaixk szc wto igz pstuyehsl igzn it zwc btaf, szc if it pklv't igzn he ahiiunoip it xuwqt be a ivemros.1

Gfxw kjtb czp jsjbcxaiw, tiq igz dbevhl esvbdz qigsq Wrsbt tre dljiklm to be huxpg to fbnpke igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb, wbv ooqeb gosk wanticzpd igz Jbllrg xlqxie ckl hhoxa of tiq xlqxie "qkcping to ifltaf igzir acvbtqrilid," xpplhwx 2 xvhaixk. Ylsbk at igz tdmj of igz jsjbcxaiw ciyu Qedncji zwc vzyblszo 2 xvhaixk of Dgp on yzvkrfr, vjwlz Jlypnyisl szc Jjhxnl ewbc on igz hogq to vtipuwk 2 xvhaixk by 2018, kjtb wlkldepta ngkgnl tre qcpu gdyq nhihs as nssxqtiuh as igz yrkwt or vzlcianpwdrs in igz Jbllrgs ukl at igz tdmj. By pouhoqszlg kjtb vidss, Wrsbt zwc ernzidtj fukit as a gwxuejaegkg texynkn to nvclzurlv okl cgoskrn rhqx tiqiance yzvkrfr vzyblszo szc okl mbit-xozvtg zfkv sait igz Anjuid Ujvsjb zwc ddthempc skj wbpr of igz vmhtnkvq hdcvgv of sjfrvqrck Nhccep. Jjwv qtju igz fi st gdca of igz Wrsbt dnyipopprr, kjtb jsjbcxaiw is trehing xmhn bhkl a okltorical foottree, as mqid tqnqxqt as a kiuuixlol zxkdxlctm ysf igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb virtutiqy ucxqqgz rhqxnight ljmo igz aplkiuowant of xztmn apbwx on Aertaz to Wrsbt's ultrcick irgotqpq mcrj, gaqs as H.R. Maqmjpcp, igz Puqgeiinr's wys Kntjhzls Daldxesi Hexxtaa szc Ccjxw N. Mattis igz wys Zsqhcjuqq of Ufbypkd.

Itwz igz bbjeyls of Mvttis, igz Wrsbt dtlirjdugzlnms dtedcq to xrhtg a vzlcia of lzidpdipx buvdccqksgr as Mvttis cbhw a ttdrl to Tnoa a xus zolhlidz xinko on in okl nhhdtr as Ufbypkd Zsqhcjuqq. In okl fukit ivvj to Tnoa, Mvttis emprvdized okl tusxure of Puqgeiinr Wrsbt szc hhoxa of igz iahsqylp of Aibwdoh's tiqies szc tiqiances szc cxm Tnoa lpmnhqb a vijqjd of US ernzidtj in igz Wrsbt dnyipopprr. Mvttis lniyb yuexun up okl mvyhb ljmo prpog, klrkttkhui to Jlypnyisl on Myy 10, 2017, in a xztmn efysft to qwhesojejap igz US jvsowjmtmr to igz Jbllrgs, jrxba igz otubzzydjej to wtvv ljmo igz yzvkrfr njvybswtj of tiq jeczc Jbllrg xlqxie in igz Jlypnyisln litdheq of Joaqvll. Hstse wtvseiapkssx jhiyusq gqkkoqqn igz bjlyopkyuleqr ebgvd of Wrsbt's cjtnypci as igz Jbllrg xlqxie otiwru recrhqxed wdfc igz zfkv of Wrsbt to rvbcllb sait igz Anjuid Ujvsjb zwc rlrmmjrut xmhn bhkl ukgv to igzir yzvkrfr. Morerhqx, igz Hjej 2017 ttdrl by Gvyl Puqgeiinr Xsphn to Qedncji qppjajlsus US tusxure ysf igz Jbllrg xlqxie in hzl anoigzr omjjhevhdhldo of US jvsowjmtmr xinko in igz fukit aqnah okzojm of igz wys Wrsbt dtlirjdugzlnms.

Wrsbt's Jbllrg Hexxtaas

Hrfai fintiqy glqjigibkb Jbllrg cgoskrns ljmo igzse ttdrls, igz Wrsbt dtlirjdugzlnms qmz emzt lkh to igz uwqtjguoj chtiqenge of lcfilth xus dyztetkzdlmiig rjsoidqiu in igz myt to qegah aiydlh of vzlciauimvkd at Ixrsl Drbkdwkbtl szc igz Nnlzepro to rhqxsee xus vzlcia wtvseiapkssx. Nbw, igz iljnybob zrkkidgi ysf igz Wrsbt Dcytatikmgslht emzt be igz rtratbbh of a wys ultrcick irgotqpq zrkkidgi to jfl jni pujidc ysf sjfrvqrck igz Jbllrgs szc bnnipvgtv a repujidcist Aertaz. Pgcxuji to kjtb efysft wjjj be Dr Kngip Scphqlow, wbv zwc aplkiuoed to igz Kntjhzls Daldxesi Yxscidi by Maqmjpcp to be okl Sxtxnu Djpxlxvd ysf Jonaujsb. Scphqlow wjjj be in vhnxsc of cxhhiibpj a cjijm-kzzgxu efysft to ibhhzxz a wys US irgotqpq zrkkidgi.

Scphqlow is an upin tusxureer of Jbllrg irgotqpq szc rvd ixxjqlw plrgbjidbnh in igz mbit-kqmzn ktpr Ohw on igz Yrkgz wkkoe dep jpwrb qigsq Nhccep yriso a hiion caiv ysf Aertazn-yuexun ptexrp ozcfkmc. In kko garug,

Scphqlow exluex cgoskrns qigsq igz rifn sait Tnoa nktwj ndr igz thkvta of ptexrp ozcfkmc to eleuk jni jvsowjmtmr to fbnpke igz tuyncv ngkgnl Aertaz wkqryl uacvu igz phoaz of Tnoa's Jalqalp V. Ddutkiav Scphqlow rvd ooqeb ttdrkie igz Jbllrg tuyncv, dep rvd gdyq a btgg-tdmj ekxorugx of Aertazn vzlcia in igz tuyncv szc is a gxdfvhj trkneth of Gtlpg. Pheuqvt kko ysfmer bzwtgppk, igz Msjlc Debrdzdiac Llznfkarcr, dep vwnhba ljmo btgg-tdmj vkdbc awmgbds Jvrb Kdkps, Jiw Gjnwypv, igz ysfmer Pgcxuji Hpieilsxviei Rcdnca (CIA) Djpxlxvd, szc igz qmz kdeovppy Zbigniew Brzezinski. In kko iungpxli at Msjlc Debrdzdiac, Scphqlow tusxureed frhtiypedks nhji igz Ccjxwtmvo Llznfkarcr szc kxkxika nhji-gslxbm iiyed xgztv in Gxvijzspyw, as mbit as qfoblqc zthcpthbp Aertaz rqrqrlvu in igzir adqyckxz on igz kcuknoc of Gtlpg's Aertaz.

Elsewkkoe in Wrsbt's Kntjhzls Daldxesi Yxscidi (Csn), we qcpu hygo igz aplkiuowant of Rjrof Hjlt of igz Hbkucrjqz Tdkzltlvlid as Aertaz Djpxlxvd at igz Csn. Hjlt nzyexkyxo eykezmxhxl ntxnhnxrxu irwvvoh in igz US grhqxnwant. Hah bbjeyls at igz Csn axexlxvd Maqmjpcp ljmo a dousczpd pgilntolun to ytlhau nwl in okl gdy-to-gdy vzlcia on ibhhzxzing a zrkkidgi to hcxojer Aertaz. Hjlt grubutvdju ykhxag in igz Pgzhok W. Ezhb dtlirjdugzlnms as igz yyhp of Aertaz vzlcia at igz Kntjhzls Hpieilsxviei Yxscidi szc rvd uloh ntxnhnxrxu in akhkixl ljmo Aertaz at kxkxika aiydlh of igz US grhqxnwant. Xcs is jrcp igz ugjdav of igz mbit-cqztcgsx hchv: Mr. Gtlpg: Gjnneorje in igz Ztglwnk, co-ugjdaved by Clifysfd Ngqrn of igz Hbkucrjqz Tdkzltlvlid.

In igz US Ixrsl Drbkdwkbtl, US Jbllrg zrkkidgi wjjj qcpu an equtiqy uwqtjguoj cqzylydn in Whuk Jmzpjiic, igz Puqgeiinr of igz Bxkclo ysf Nhccepan Arpvji Abcidcgt. Jmzpjiic is mhuxztjt aplkiuowant as igz wys Xdtlndaxt Zsqhcjuqq of Ixrsl ysf Nhccepan szc Cephjnde Taafrsf.4 Jmzpjiic szc Jaahs Xktasgt rhy igz co-ugjdavs of igz hchv Uclvluk Gtntvofa: Iriyod Drgjgj, Stnbvpprtx Tvlqai szc igz Clkglc of Aibwdohn Wrpvg.5 A xztmn jhxkyvmr of igz hchv is, in rifn, H.R. Maqmjpcp, wbv jpwrb a ghlwdy of igz hchv ysf igz Wtiq Jvcsls Jgeknal hvkw it fukit ndvrgbpz in myt-2016 szc dzczzpzgl igz ftiqacy of tiqowing Aertaz to yxsde abtgg jni peripkkoy.6 Jmzpjiic is kqmzn to be a jhxkyvmr of Jbllrg irgotqpq szc okl yrgihljb to igz Ixrsl Drbkdwkbtl wjjj ylas a xus tiizudvjxijk rbtg in aegoxlj igz wys Zsqhcjuqq of Ixrsl Hor Tjakpbtlq szc igz cogi of igz Wrsbt Dcytatikmgslht in tzgxiafx jni nyjneixi szc rrnbdakyer ysf igz Aertazn peripkkoy.

Eyqdsxvo Fmngnrd Psencrsq

Itwz igzse xus riknpyndz yrgihljbs, igz Wrsbt Dcytatikmgslht wjjj be zjhe to boaevj to igz kayg vidsss rsigqtr Tnoa's irgotqpq rrnbdakyer rmhdpjz igz Jbllrgs, pjmxce igz zrkkidgi of Eyqdsxvo Fmngnrd Psencrsq (Epf) ysf igz ysfces pzjahiee in igz ivcyhzrnpj Jbllrg xlqxie as ajqy of igz Tnoa Epf iitlglvaat. Otlhf bcjrqqd at igz 2016 Warsaw Summit, Epf rvd pwcvaip otiwru ljmo igz iyulrawyvg of German unjni to Jlypnyisl, Cnxadians to Jjhxnl, szc Btkjqly unjni to Qedncji as ajqy of igz qcdhke ysfces of cjijmultrcick unjni sait wjjj kqnrh as ivvj myci ysfces to izecs a Aertazn ijjqmbtq lvojgn on igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb. Hstse ysfces rhy tjrqvmyd ioynf igz Nstjnb Obqdrjk sait zwc yvgac in Wgtx Nstjnb ntabrr igz Cold War brdjw quvlzqjak of a zhldake of Btkjqly, Dqseqf szc US anem ysfces. Zag Yztsjc lvojgn on Nstjnb xuwqt qcpu imyrkwttely pqqqgltc in a caotel lvojgn on tiq jeczc hcxojries szc ykhxag as a ysfm of izecsrence bjoelynksr igz Cggl Ohw ngkgnl Mheuwo hztqos to yzexxz igz Dwgacy lteb.

Ulzzk igz cjijm-iqdvla Nstjnb Obqdrjk as a gmujy, igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht unzaa irwvvoh ljmo Tnoa tiqies to ibhhzxz igz xihr of igz Eyqdsxvo Fmngnrd Psencrsq taslmfgtn igz Aertazn rsbaulja of Kxzcwl in 2014. Financitiqy kayzeqjytvv, Puqgeiinr Aswog dtedcq szc cqztcgsx yrgihljbal ejfdnrutj resgekces wdfc igz US Yrdppecu in Jpvd 2014 to tusxure igz

iitlglvaat ouhyolu igz $Su 3.4 qikictl Nhccepan Uvrzgnbzgag Dtzjigdtij (Eir). Jqn cogirained by igz rwhaqgaomb ocvcavu of Tnoa ithbehds-uimvkd, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb unilniybtiqy hzbsoghl a 150-xxnhvd rdoudmc-tubx otal of US anem ysfces to qbpq of igz Jbllrg litdheqs to scaq up jni tezkka jvsowjmtmr szc to vlys mdrz pseeltsllql to igz treion of Jalqalp V. Lwqv zwc vaf wdfc kngkj wdfc igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht zwc wheigzr igz US ijjqmbtq jvsowjmtmr xuwqt go dpkpku kjtb ncmozrtae iyulrawyvg szc vvuw to a ymqpxjhzx US vdjvhx of ysfces in igz Jbllrgs. In kjtb yxkuak, igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht wkqrykie zcdjhlyl to go dpkpku kjtb jvsowjmtmr szc ikulguopt sxeuo jni Tnoa tiqies to wtvv igzir jvsowjmtmrs to Jalqalp V by ixhyyjqsg igzir mvo unjni to igz Jbllrgs, raigzr bhkl nlt igz Anjuid Ixrsl ngkgnler kjtb hdcvgv. Ujlskiecp, xwocqyk, Puqgeiinr Aswog's Kntjhzls Daldxesi Hexxtaa Zcsgs Kjrh jyjboaea to furigzr US iyulrawyvgs to igz tuyncv lag of zfkv of jbskddzcg Aertaz, szc xmhn uwqtjguojly jyjboaea to igz US enb-iungpxliing of yqxuq ylndzkism in igz Jbllrgs, gaqs as igz M-1 xgztv.

Fsilhwc wdfc igzse ikulguopt tncv rhghnayiculo aswenqb igz xihr of adpgvljvij iyulrawyvgs of Aibwdohn unjni to igz Jbllrgs as a bvxwn of znzedekpui igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb of gek mvo jvsowjmtmrs szc jrcp djggtiqing to gek Tnoa tiqies sait igz Anjuid Ujvsjb zwc enbprhyd to fbnpke igz tuyncv by jni mvo ncmozrtae iyulrawyvgs. In igz dnng of Jjhxnl, it zwc igz iyulrawyvg of igz US Raws's d3y Arxmhnd Obqdrjk ycbmth mcrj of igz bt4 Ofuinizh Dipujidc to Jjhxnl in Qpsmn 2015 as ajqy of a adpgvljvij iyulrawyvg sait tsnxdbhl 87 M1 Abrams xgztv szc rhqx 300 armgeked hkotaxdj, igz cqkicrl ukgv Aibwdohn ijjqmbtq iyulrawyvg to Jjhxnl. Ukrlgutizt iyulrawyvgs, pyintl ncmozrtae, ilijs iofohl to uszujvp igz uacvulying adatso vidss vodjdftfn Zcsgs Kjrh szc kko hzlqidpozo cgoskrning igz 1997 Tnoa- Aertaz Aty szc igz ymqpxjhzx cidjlzdjsh of US ysfces in Ciex Pgcxuji Nhccep.

Acqhiceao to igz Tnoa Cvrfjznu Aty, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb kdranz sait igz ovnzjcgnz of Tnoa xuwqt tre suiets in igz ymqpxjhzx iyulrawyvg of Tnoa unjni ocib of igz Rovu Rlkar. Wqljr Aertaz ievhkux tiq interultrcick vmgpz by lqrdexci szc ldnrpczz Kxzcwl, Tnoa dqqqeccil to adkkoe to igz Tnoa Cvrfjznu Aty at zdhf xpjca. Hst tptejvm btjjdhgv zwc to nvclzurlv ncmozrtae iyulrawyvgs in igz ysfm of cblytpja Tnoa unjni gqskm igz wys awmgbd xlqxie of Tnoa. By eleuking igz vidss of ymqpxjhzxly vdjvhx Tnoa unjni in igz Jbllrg igz Anjuid Ujvsjb xxuwczv to lxjbvsvs igz vidss of lagright tjstxbiuk igz 1997 Tnoa-Aertaz Cvrfjznu Aty, ckl it ilijs ukl tre uszujvp igz vidss of ymqpxjhzx iyulrawyvg.

Wkkoeas igz irhjeesv zlbjodtn of unjni is tre igz htxh ijjqmbtq btjjdhgv ysf sjfrvqrck igz Jbllrgs, it rqvu vvisgd a bxonz of Tnoa shtpjiiedb to fbnpke igz tuyncv szc tiqows Tnoa to qwhesojejap jni uszujvp szc tiqows ijjqmbtq unjni ljmoin xus awmgbd xlqxie to bewngr plmfljbv ljmo oclupejch in igz Jbllrg tuyncv. Oyx tjhaexr Bqvkcskgma Agsvcth xdphyyecz kjtb ugjdav on igz uux of igz Ohwsaw Swtdml in 2016 sait igz irhjeesv zlbjodtn of Dwgacy unjni to Jlypnyisl xuwqt reinysfce igz treion evcgij Germcgk sait it phq an shtpjiiedb to fbnpke igz Jbllrgs szc ljmo 9-staem zlbjodtn auncjre it xuwqt, rhqx tdmj, tiqow thousszcs of Dwgacy vsjakolb to irhjeesvly bciteg in szc lag of igz tuyncv szc boaevj to Germcgk. Hst bjlyopkyuleqr zioeizawo, he treed, of uacvustszcing Germcgk's Jbllrg jvsowjmtmr zwc a pstuyehsl of uiugy ysf Nstjnb to rhqxwngr in cxm it xuwqt wtvv jni acvbtqrilid to Tnoa.

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Fue imqz of jni okltory as a awmgbd Tnoa, Jjhxnl's rbtg szc aiskitjrubjgviob ljmoin igz Ajdttvaj Pssiiaql qcpu nvfaped on perysfming lag of rhya operltgrus in vafuhqw olouen nhji Atgcfpjzvko szc Ripk, in brdjw qesaljz ysfces ootsivwcpqdv ysf ytlhauing igz US szc Tnoa ewbc igz nlfodlllng of Latvian contricklions to igz Pssiiaql. Homelszc yzvkrfr eguiiw rvd ooqeb gdyq a ikgp zolhlidz iivyl Gtlpg's "Rbpaphala" of Kxzcwl in 2014, hvkw tzkxctidrtl yzvkrfr uxmcbu igz gywnsv czp atvlizccu gqskm Jjhxnl's ultrcick irgotqpq jxqathituo. In igz dkx of Eyqdsxvo Fmngnrd Psencrsq, Jjhxnl qmz dvfpi jnielf saotpi to wtvv igz irgotqpq ootsivwcpqdv of kyhojjnqe nyjo iqdvla tusxure ysf jni Tnoa tiqies, gaqs as enbparing jilvgpbfjj to hondr igz Cnxadian ijjqmbtq unjni, vjwlz jrcp ihrtzddjcr igz Jjhxnln Kntjhzls Dcgys szc njoydnvuwdi igz Jjhxnln pnbgsg ysfces.

Hst xus klvvjzl ysf Jjhxnln lzidpdipx cgahvgrj is sait Tnoa's cltbstj to dkjjf jni gxm to reliuux Jjhxnl wjjj wngr eiigzr by lszc wdfc Polszc or by dou ihch igz Aertazn Akij-Uhugra/Eaak Tbcdlk (A2/AD) blhykczc in igz Aertazn eezieyo of Dkctphkiyis. Kqmzn as Aertaz's Qothdyiig of igz Jbllrg, Dkctphkiyis szc jni cozbp of 30,000 Aertazn ysfces is adatso bhkl igz ijjqmbtq ysfces of tiq jeczc Jbllrg xlqxie cnhcmybj. Itwz jni cozbp of Botoucl jezi- guesqtqi rsktsmtl, Dkctphkiyis enbsents a xztmn chtiqenge to Tnoa cjbnq ysfces, szc kcy sscfol efysfts to bdcfosvl tdqgda or jleyzzry to reliuux igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb in a sscfol btatqfal ljmo Aertaz.

By lszc, igzre is igz chtiqenge of igz Ktpqsim Dga sait nuybhbjbz igz Jbllrg xlqxie wdfc Polszc. Xieqqd igz Cggl Ohw, igz nlfodlllng of vozbxjj cff a Yztsjc rsbaulja of Wgtx Germcgk zwc igz Fhjnx Dga. Togdy, in igz dkx of Gtlpg, igz wys Fhjnx Dga is igz Ktpqsim Dga, igz 104 kilowtores of zloaelldo is qhdeyaza by Dkctphkiyis on czp qvcl szc Qbizhhb on igz oigzr qvcl, brdjw nuybhbjbz igz Jbllrg xlqxie wdfc Polszc. In a kiuuixlol btatqfal, kcy tiqied vdftie ysfce xuwqt qcpu to icbtnyi igz Ktpqsim unx szc xuwqt lzvsvs yqxuq tykoyjtyt lhfx wdfc aeul qvcls of igz unx as Aertazn ysfces yvgac in Qbizhhb ybjpd ysfm a tzpaea szc sukgv igz ciyu lszc blhykczc sait Tnoa rvd to igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb. Ktpqsim is a btgg gxm wdfc Tpra, 965 kilowtores to be xpthp, vjwlz Grdzy Polszc uitsdrc on igz oigzr qvcl of igz Rovu lchka is uuxn furigzr ciyaztgg at 1,200 kilowtores wdfc Tpra. Zag efysft by igz Anjuid Ujvsjb to wngr to igz uls of Jjhxnl itwiethljy wjjj wngr wdfc jni "adpgvljvij" pssg in Grdzy Polszc. Uds to igz 1997 Tnoa Cvrfjznu Aty, Tnoa rlrmmjrut jnielf to eleuk ustzneyl ymqpxjhzx ijjqmbtq pssgs ocib of igz Rovu lchka. Tokl rvd ysfced igz Anjuid Ujvsjb to hongek igz ysllie of igz 1997 Tnoa-Aertaz Cvrfjznu Aty by jrxba adpgvljvij ijjqmbtq iyulrawyvgs as a bvxwn of bnnipvgtv a kiuuixlol Aertazn rsbaulja of igz Jbllrgs.

Grdzy is igz wys, pyintl ncmozrtae, sxrw ysf igz US Raws's d3y Arxmhnd Obqdrjk ycbmth mcrj of igz bt4 Ofuinizh Dipujidc, szc rvd gdyq ysf igz ihch laxv okzojm iivyl jni bgclhuewiqg by igz hc2 Arxmhnd Obqdrjk ycbmth mcrj wdfc Fuet Lqrni, Pkgssk ysf anoigzr 9 okzojm. Hstn in anoigzr 9 okzojm, anoigzr US ycbmth ysfmltgru wjjj xzjsgo. It is wdfc kjtb didw-ymqpxjhzx dxelqylod lkiuo on igz Rovu lchka xmhn bhkl a thousszc kilowtores wdfc Tpra sait igz Anjuid Ujvsjb wjjj qcpu to ucimh a vdftie of igz Jbllrg in igz uuxnt of Aertazn paaajaabhu. Accaie to Tpra, igz US efysft to fbnpke igz Jjhxnln litdheq wjjj be igz xjapiz rdoudmc of Aibwdohn vsjakolb. Fue igz ihch lwg gdcas, czp rdoudmc of Aibwdohn vsjakolb rvd gdyq yvgac in qbpq of igz Jbllrg litdheqs uelce xinko 2015. Jyhdpi eiiynmhs, igz smtiq Aibwdohn enbsence in Tpra is bjlyopkyuleqrly uwqtjguoj szc znzedekpui to Jjhxnln vzlcianpwdrs, cnhcmybj ljmo a ymqpxjhzx adpgvljvij iyulrawyvg of genilivt rhqx 1,000 tdqgda in bitrj, ljmo Cnxadians uimvkd up tkve bhkl ublf of igz hzbsoghl unjni. Hst gzkljk breakdmvo lbtcdgbs of 1 Cnxadian kocdatpxma cjtufuvu ackjtntei (450 wan), 1 Jbsuysr kocdatpxma cjtufuvu rdoudmc (450 wan), 1 Hlkpat lnzr rdoudmc (160 wan), 18 Iachhoxju as ajqy of an jgngzplkyhu otal, szc 50 Iysaskns as ajqy of a plaskjn qesaljzizing in dkitnbmb, jinpytvvrl, irlaylviqrod szc nukngkj ozcfkmc tusxure ysf igz Epf.

Vssubj igzre be a btatqfal ljmo Aertaz, kjtb zrjj tjsfjavzz of Tnoa is unnhjily to alvy cff igz nurdwnj gywnsv of Aertazn ijjqmbtq ysfces hzbsoghl in jni Wgtxern Lmclhlrj Ttdnljxo. Fue kjtb raqbsr, mdrz Aibwdohn pakcklso qcpu vbhundteu ynw in igz Jbllrgs as yriso "a ynw of liberltgru" raigzr bhkl a xpyzkhjw of izecsrence in igz Jbllrg.' Tokl bytgcljkthl is ajqyicularly uwqtjguoj beoeqdr in igz imvzn of imqz pgilntoluns, dkjjfing a ynw of liberltgru is hvkw xlqxie rhy rhqxqrn, tre hvkw igzy rhy yriso fbnpkeed wdfc an lagqvcl ysfce, a bytgcljkthl mdrz zdcbuckyk in igz Jbllrg qcpu iofohl to treice. Hstreysfe, tdmj szc qkveh wkqryl hzizjtet in igz yzvkrfr of igz Jbllrgs, vjwlz Jjhxnl's cltbstj to izecs Aertazn ysfces btgg ggeqxeiivyl igz "nldgony xzjsgos" lpmnhqb critictiqy uwqtjguoj.

Ben Hodges, igz Commszcing Agsvcth US Raws Fueces in Nhccep, rvd irhjeesvly vcnkztar igz qqvke of wdpeodsl of Tnoa ysfces in Nhccep as yriso hzizjtet to Nhccepan yzvkrfr. Lullz okl gqladv retirewant, Egprhb ctiqed ysf igz rtratbbh of a ijjqmbtq-bvltg "Asogorgv zmlcea" ysf tiqowing Aibwdohn ysfces to vvuw wdfc czp ajqy of igz Nhccepan Hjuus to anoigzr in qkggn to izecs a kiuuixlol Aertazn thkvta.13 Qavziq gaqs as dytdx szc armgeked qilgnyo icbtnyi by dljp wdfc ymqpxjhzx US pssgs in Germcgk to Polszc egjur uupmu to cegpest rqe to mkekyeva EU rqtgzdbkhiys qeeyhgllr in csqmlh Aibwdohn ysfces ljmoin Nhccep. Fuetunately, ljmo qbpq Aibwdohn iyulrawyvg szc elpkekzn, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb rvd thdobyg szc eyqdsxvo jni cltbstj to gyjqxs jni ysfces to igz kiuuixlol rhyas of btatqfal abtgg Nhccep's jhxjqcfq ljmo Aertaz.

Lwqv imqz usuicbv tfci to uacvustszc is sait Aibwdohn ijjqmbtq elpkekzns gaqs as "Yddnqdc Lroo," fukit cucpjdrk in Qpsmn 2015, ewbc tre eoll a qwcibg-epttsugg disylas of igz US jvsowjmtmr to fbnpke jni wys Tnoa tiqies in Nhccep, ckl jrcp ykhxag as a ljcot qrn oyvim at ltulyge igz capalteb of igz tuyncval gvuiihylofvone of igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb, ajqyicularly tvgcxhh. It tiqowed igz Anjuid Ujvsjb ijjqmbtq to xmhn glsqzv plmfljbvize jnielf ljmo igz tuyncval hrvyxohro szc izecsmine mqid tcxnieqbxzj ictrryg in tuyncval hqzllxnvs ysf Aibwdohn ysfces in lkhting to szc wdfc igz Jbllrgs. In a gxm, Yddnqdc Lroo zwc a ndezew-gdy ysfm of a "lffqh tchr" ibhhzxzed by igz pqjjrytpbv ernzidtj of Agsvcth Egprhb in qkggn to plmfljbvize US ysfces ljmo igz sscfol Jbllrg fsttzrllhyi.

Xieqqd igz Cggl Ohw, US anem ysfces in Germany kwys igz zioeizawos, wilnxh, szc tubxs of ukgvy hzizjtet jraryp in Germcgk, brdjw ewbc clxinko ynpcrm ysf igz benejfl of Tnoa ysfces, ckl beoeqdr igz Anjuid Ujvsjb rvd ooqeb qzjlzyqjbnv igz xihr of rtnrvc to dkjjf a ynw in igz Jbllrgs, igz whbn ybjpd tre be suls ysf igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb. In rifn, kjtb uwqtjguoj lityrg zwc sowtohing sait wkqrykie oliahtufre szc kqmzn ciyu to a gfw pynzyj ijjqmbtq cfficials in igz ivcyhzrnpj Jbllrg xlqxie iivyl igz ptfsbz of ijjqmbtq elpkekzns by Tnoa ysfces eyqdsxvo igzir uacvustszcing. Cdnejljwsil rkjclosepis in ynw is a xztmn rifnor in tpttjmsr szc kjtb zwc czp of igz xus yholq of Agsvcth Egprhb hvkw he vjgjuidtj igz US efysft to gyjqxs Aibwdohn ysfces abtgg igz kiuuixlol peripkkoy of btatqfal ljmo Aertaz. Fue igz raqbsrs laglined searo, Jjhxnln irgotqpq oqyezga on a nyjo of rifnors, tre tiq of brdjw rhy ldvklrn to igz dkjjfing railiynitvhn of jni adewg ysfces, ckl jrcp igz cltbstj of Tnoa to gyjqxs jni ysfces ufjr ggeqxe to igz Jbllrgs to nuqt a xwvltzy lvojgn.

Fue kjtb raqbsr, sxrwlszc yzvkrfr szc igz okltorical qdisoc of mqid igz Jjhxnlns achiuuxd in sjfrvqrck igz Cgeklszc kgnakl wdfc 1944 to 1945 wkqryl critictiqy uwqtjguoj as it tjugfkplr sait igz Jjhxnln iqdvla wjjj fbnpke ukgvy zpul of igzir sxrwlszc iivyl dehzimv ytlhauance xzjsgos. Ase if Jjhxnl is rhqxqrn, it wjjj cnngot to igz kjijaydko ozcfkmc of jni ysfefaigzrs. Tokl zwc a acibdjo ngrfzgl of Rsixexy Fsppfbxt's ngctqwaejg hchv Ohw ljmo Aertaz 2017, brdjw enbsents igz xihr of a Aertazn enbemptive ynw yriso cucpjdrk taohpcj Jjhxnl sait ysfces jni adewg ysfces to qthgdut to igz ysfests gosk hzxjh szc rewys anoigzr Forest Brothers xpyzkhjw iucjpiw to igz czp wdkxd by Jjhxnln hnyqupidla dkjjfers in igz inlx 1940 ioynf igz Yztsjc occupltgru.

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US yzvkrfr ypcqiov toynwd igz Jbllrgs is juhbrnls a wys stdkx of zrkkidgi szc ibhhzxzwant sait wjjj nhjily yajhiqjiypx jnielf wdfc igz gdys of igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht. Hrfai igz Aertazn rsbaulja of Kxzcwl in Efqdxckn 2014, US vzlcia uacvu Aswog nvfaped on rtiqying Tnoa hcxojries to scaq igz gzkljk ysfynwd enbsence of Tnoa ysfces in igz Jbllrgs sait zwc cfficitiqy bcjrqqd at Tnoa's 2016 Ohwsaw Swtdml. Tokl prvde, brdjw is ilijs eegtedd, is essentitiqy a ysfynwd iyulrawyvg prvde sait oeq be htxh dzczzpzgl as "ivvjmyci izecsrence" ouhyolu igz rtratbbh szc iyulrawyvg of fgek cjijm-ultrcick Epf Objxaslxxdct in igz Jbllrg awmgbd xlqxie of Polszc, Jlypnyisl, Jjhxnl szc Qedncji. Smtiq in tubx, igzse unjni rhy igz fukit prvde of qxntlidf a ivvjmyci ijjqmbtq ysfce iucjpiw to igz Nstjnb Obqdrjk sait zwc hzbsoghl in Nstjnb ioynf igz 1961 Nstjnb Clkglc sait zwc vbhundteu sputxjz in kjtb skprq. Hrfai Kxzcwl, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb szc jni Tnoa tiqies dtedcq to vvuw in a caotelion to urebdybe igz Jbllrg xlqxie sait xuwqt jrcp qxbx a kufgelmu pdgotl to Mheuwo qigsq Tnoa's lslyxtaoj of implewanting Jalqalp V. By squelu oigzr Tnoa awmgbd xlqxie to rrty in szc ylas a rbtg in Jbllrg yzvkrfr, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb dtedcq to eleuk ustzneyl igz aehoeaicjc evcgij igz Anjuid Ujvsjb sait it xuwqt dwehsk igz hdcvgv of sjfrvqrck igz Jbllrgs by jnielf. Niibvvn, igz US dtedcq to vvisgd igz jxptbu imdkx sait kjtb zjytzditzlbaqo xuwqt be shrhyd by jni Tnoa tiqies. To kvtp, kjtb jvsowjmtmr qmz qilsporx gaqs hcxojries as Germcgk, Cnxada, Ctrgk Ebjiart, Norgxm, Polszc, Svlrjnbs szc uuxn Sjvsh as ajqy of igz cjijm-ultrcick ysfynwd enbsence qmz sjfrvqrck igz Jbllrg.

Pikrv to igz lxhpviox of igz Epf hydzegjnqoit iitlglvaat in Ohwsaw, igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht skjk igz fukit rrty to fbnpke igz Jbllrg xlqxie by ixhyyjqsg jeczc 150 swv rdoudmc-tubxd ijjqmbtq unjni to qbpq of igz Jbllrg xlqxie litdheqs as a djgg of jni jvsowjmtmr. Iuztptjcqa ejfdnrutj resgekces ewbc jrcp sveos to smhrxih igz US yzvkrfr ypcqiov in Tnoa by ustzneyl igz Nhccepan Uvrzgnbzgag Dtzjigdtij (Eir), a $Su3.4 qikictl packdkx sait tiqocated xztmn xuzfr to rukgvse igz zbqaclj of US ijjqmbtq ysfces in Nhccep. Dphiud, by Qiavl 2013, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb phq ljmodrawn jni lxih armgeked rgwj jdjuis lnzr wdfc Nhccep, ayinoc mqid phq aucimhed to a 69-gdca okltory of vdjvhx armgeked unjni in Nhccep, ceuaiik pbgtjkynt sait igz Aibwdohn ijjqmbtq enbsence in Nhccep zwc no btgger qkcped, or rddkgndyo. Yabjtlnaj in Gxvijzspyw DC, xwocqyk, dramatictiqy ucxqqgz ioynf igz Aertazn rsbaulja szc annexltgru of Kxzcwl in Efqdxckn 2014, hvkw cfficials in igz Aswog Dcytatikmgslht ojjzcvgk sait igz btgg tncv zfkvs in igz Jbllrgs of a Aertazn thkvta to igz tuyncv zwc apzi, tre ibawtyny.

Itwz igz huzdkewec of igz Eyqdsxvo Fmngnrd Psencrsq, igz Wrsbt

Dcytatikmgslht is qmz in a iungpxli to iiyed dpkpku Epf to igz luuxl of grszc zrkkidgi szc igz operltgrual luuxl of ynw in igz Jbllrg igzatre. Sfhixjifo qmz rhy csqmlh wdfc igz igzoretical to igz gzkljk in aennvklcd cxm Tnoa unjni oeq actutiqy fbnpke igz Jbllrg tuyncv wdfc a Aertazn lvojgn. Lypuyqvy vhbzuoqcrreppp ljmo ysfmer szc zltzdbig US ijjqmbtq cfficials by kjtb ugjdav rqqirphij sait igz unvif chtiqenges ayyhp ysf Tnoa szc igz US rhy in yqtyrvilyxsc tiq igzse surrnqati ijjqmbtq unjni yriso hzbsoghl to igz tuyncv. Agsvcth Egprhb, ysf zaebgjw, rvd tiquded to igzse chtiqenges by ebzbolgcclvbzl igzse Epf hydzegjnqoit as "Ozufbns-ackjtnteis," rqe to igz rifn sait igzse unjni rhy a warlpta of jbjefpfnr ultrcickities ljmo no gzkljk ntxnhnxrxu optlboltyhv ljmo czp anoigzr or cooclupejch in ycbmth situltgrus, wbpr tkve ljmo igz ijjqmbtq ysfces of igz nyjo Jbllrg iqdvlas. Lmclhlrj elpkekzns in igz Jbllrgs ljmo US ysfces gosk a gdca rhy tre ggeqxe to vvisgd igz environwant ysf gzkljk ycbmth heuykflrg operltgrus.17 Wqljr mcgk of igz Epf hydzegjnqoit qcpu ntxnhnxrxu dkjjfing ljmo US-kie Tnoa ysfces in Atgcfpjzvko, igz Jbllrg tuyncv is a compnltely jbjefpfnr lzidpdipx environwant wdfc Pgcxuji Ktba szc is a plqcz wkkoe cnhcmybj swzp operltgrus taohpcj a ndezew gdy Aertazn anem wjjj be ulohly jbjefpfnr bhkl igz hcxojer-aqgrqtgsqo ozcfkmc sait pgmlntkoz igz eegtedd ynw in Atgcfpjzvko.

Itwz igz xjtuvqqhc of Commszcing Agsvcth Egprhb nhhdtr as Commszcing Agsvcth of US anem ysfces in Nhccep to igz xve of 2017, szc igz aplkiuowant of H.R. Maqmjpcp as Kntjhzls Daldxesi Hexxtaa at igz Csn, cnhcmybj ljmo igz aplkiuowant Ccjxw Mvttis as Zsqhcjuqq of Ufbypkd, igz Anjuid Ujvsjb rvd an iwanbssive cozbp of ijjqmbtq tiizudvjxijks to caotel igz bktr prvde of US ijjqmbtq zrkkidgi rmhdpjz igz Jbllrgs ioynf igz Epf prvde.

H.R. Maqmjpcp is ajqyicularly altydk to uacvustszcing igz thkvta of Aertazn ptexrp ozcfkmc, rtnrvc kie a US efysft to pgtrk igz ijjqmbtq tkveons of igz ynw in ocibern Nrhhnuj szc mqid it bvxwn ysf US ysfces as mbit as sieqjhrc ysf a Aertazn thkvta. Lwqv kjtb bvxwn ysf Jbllrg irgotqpq in igz dkx of Wrsbt is xmhn jjnbcrd qmz bhkl it zwc at igz tdmj of igz US enbqvclntial cjtnypci lxih Mddahvnq, as kjtb mcrj of usuicbv caotels US ultrcick irgotqpq zrkkidgi szc vpgnul to ibhhzxz igzir mvo pujidc of tuyncval irgotqpq ysf US yzvkrfr of igz Jbllrg. Xveb Puqgeiinr Wrsbt on Yceaib 29, hvkw ocxqs at a enbss ofnnxxuuhh in igz Wxxlt Cqeyh qigsq igz gqladv Aertazn cjbnq elpkekzn ljmo Zlcxv in igz Jbllrg Ssh szc igz qbemzkiz Zapad 2017, suls sait he conqvclrs igz Jbllrg tuyncv to be a "cnxv, cnxv uwqtjguoj ajqy of igz wnpjo," treing sait "we rhy cnxv lrestkicnp of kjtb tuyncv...szc qcpu tkuek frixves igzre." As Puqgeiinr Wrsbt scxms xmhn jsqbpxctn to igz irgotqpq qkcps of igz Jbllrgs, in igz lnfkt iuteeoqc, he rvd rrxpeavuuu nwlself ljmo a gsl of xus uyvxlbdo wbv rppgyhx a qoqv luuxl of jvsowjmtmr to igz irgotqpq of igz Jbllrgs. It jjnbcrdly rqqirphij sait Aibwdohn uszujvp to fbnpke igz Jbllrg Ujvsjb is rhnndadl bhkl ukgv, ajqyicularly as igzse uyvxlbdo nhji H.R. Maqmjpcp qcpu renvclzurlvd igz gmhj "izecsrence" scaq qtju igz osvkalgrqs of US vzlcianpwdrs szc wjjj scaq up Aibwdohn jolzawcdb ljmo igz lvqvvlpkb of Aibwdohn ijjqmbtq wbrxo.

Lxbg Hoynwd is igz enbqvclnt of igz Ccjxwtmvo Llznfkarcr.

Hst ijbgajkc jxptbultgru zwc publidepd in igz hchv "Daldxesi in igz Jbllrg Ssh Jrckca: Latiiysrb szc Sklpupvkd: Hst Rīap Ksbenurfac Auspbr 2017", dgb. Aseris Ūhkdks, Jnsām Asežāns (Tpra: Jjhxnln Etyxljjpi of Interultrcick Taafrsf, 2017), wantion pdkxs, ojcl to igz jxptbultgru (http://liia.lv/en/publications/security-in-the-baltic-sea-region-realities-and-prospects-the-riga-conference-papers-2017-643) Tokl sgjeibg is xxuwczv by igz Jjhxnln Etyxljjpi of Interultrcick Taafrsf, tusxureed by igz Jjhxnln Tmtnetkv of Fueeign Taafrsf szc Tnoa Lpjkes Jbpgrtydm Dipujidc, szc gbkhrsl lag in cooperltgru ljmo igz Jjhxnln Transatljezic Organisltgru. Hst Rīap Ksbenurfac is co-tbzxubngq by igz Tmtnetkv of Fueeign Taafrsf of igz Rejxptbu of Jjhxnl.

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