Germany slams NATO European commander’s comments on Ukraine as dangerous propaganda

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A top NATO European commander’s exaggerated comments on the Ukrainian conflict are ‘dangerous propaganda,’ and put the West at risk of losing credibility, sources in the German Chancellor’s Office told Der Spiegel.

German authorities were “alarmed” by the stance of the NATO commander and wondered whether “the Americans [are] trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel?” Der Spiegel wrote.

“False claims and exaggerated accounts, warned a top German official during a recent meeting on Ukraine, have put NATO – and by extension, the entire West – in danger of losing its credibility,” the paper wrote.

The German authorities described Breedlove as a “‘super hawk,’ whose role is that of increasing the pressure on America’s more reserved trans-Atlantic partners.”

The magazine drew several more examples of General Breedlove’s “slips of the tongue,” including one he dropped at the beginning of the crisis; Breedlove said that Russians allegedly gathered 40,000 troops on the Ukrainian border and the situation was “incredibly concerning” as they were preparing for an invasion.

However, the findings of the German intelligence “contradicted Breedlove's view in almost every respect.”

“There weren’t 40,000 soldiers on the border, they believed, rather there were much less than 30,000 and perhaps even fewer than 20,000. Furthermore, most of the military equipment had not been brought to the border for a possible invasion, but had already been there prior to the beginning of the conflict. Furthermore, there was no evidence of logistical preparation for an invasion, such as a field headquarters,” Der Spiegel wrote.

The NATO commander also made “inexact, contradictory or even flat-out inaccurate statements,” the sources said.

But it is not only Breedlove the Germans are concerned with as they also view the head of European affairs at the US State Department, Victoria Nuland, among “hindrances in their search for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict.”

The German FM’s statement on the same day as the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, stressed that the European has a realistic view of Russian events, but it “will never be trapped or forced or pushed or pulled into a confrontative [sic] attitude” towards Moscow.


Germany slams NATO European commander’s comments on Ukraine as ‘dangerous propaganda’ – Spiegel — RT News
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Interesting, so what is US agenda here? More European reliance on US?
 

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This is an interesting point. However, it also leads me to the thought of what President Obama was caught saying on a hot mic when he was telling Putin before he was elected this last time that he had to wait until after the election to do anything. I wonder what that anything was.
 

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