As the Russia hawks in regime media outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times continue to try to escalate tensions and gin up a crisis with Russia, President Putin is doing the sensible thing and signaling his lack of desire for a confrontation.
How so? By removing tens of thousands of troops from their drills in the Ukraine region to their permanent bases, many of which are far from the border. As the Russian military said in a statement:
“A stage of combat coordination of divisions, combat crews, squads at motorized units… has been completed. More than 10,000 military servicemen… will march to their permanent deployment from the territory of the combined arms’ area of drills”
As many have been saying since the “crisis” with Ukraine began, the whole situation was a non-issue from the start, with the Russian troops simply being in the area for drills, not an invasion of the Ukraine.
Still, Reuters reports, to further ease tensions, the Germans and Russians are sitting down for a rare, in-person meeting this week to discuss political tensions in the region. Explaining the reasoning for that, ZeroHedge notes that:
“Berlin doubts more than Washington whether Russia actually wants to attack Ukraine” and is keen to de-escalate tensions. This much should have been obvious the whole time, in what’s been largely a manufactured crisis which Western media was eager to hype, also as the Pentagon repeatedly demanded that Moscow explain the presence of Russian troops… on Russia’s own soil.
As even that might not be enough, it appears that NATO is potentially meeting with Russian representatives in 2022, presumably both aiming to find further ways to ease tensions in future situations and discuss the Ukraine situation.
Of course, the easiest way to deal with everything would be to not panic each time the Russian military moves troops around for drills within its own borders.