Opinion – TASS: Military & Defense – Zapad-2017 drills in Belarus to involve 98 Russian tanks

It’s significant that the most read article in TASS, Russia’s leading paper, concerns the massive military drills in Belarus. It reports that the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian drills will take place on September 14-20, at six training ranges in Belarus and three training ranges in Russia.

Source: TASS: Military & Defense – Zapad-2017 drills in Belarus to involve 98 Russian tanks

NATO has been concerned about the small number of international observers at these drills.

Perhaps the Russian people are fearful of the drill becoming an incursion into Eastern Europe, bringing more sanctions and hardship, plus, of course, the risk of spilling Russian blood?


Opinion – UN Ambassador Haley Explains How to Strengthen America’s Hand Against Iran in Nuclear Deal – Iran Focus – News & Analysis – John Gelmini

America’s hand is not strengthened and it will not be by the things Nikki Haley suggests.

Russia and China would take action if the Natanz nuclear facilities were attacked with thermobaric weapons and inspection regimes to ensure compliance are only as good as your ability to effect inspections.

As Dr Alf knows as well, Iran gained from the Iraq war which we and America initiated and we will have to deal with them and the Russians in any settlement on Syria.

Iran’s Achilles heel is the desire of its young for a better life and more Western style freedoms, so it is they who need to be worked up into a frenzy of anticipation, so that they effect regime change from within.

John Gelmini