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Retired FSB Gen. Savostyanov voices support for Ivashov’s letter opposing war in Ukraine, calling for Putin’s resignation, says an unsuccessful war with heavy losses will cause Putin’s rapid demise.
Col. Gen. Ivashov pens appeal to Putin calling for his resignation, says greatest threats to Russia come from its incompetent leadership, nonviable model of government and passive population; external threats not critical now.
Wars that are a continuation of politics by states have practically always been waged according to special rules of warfare, by a specially trained state organization: the army. Analysis of the international situation that has evolved lately shows that the military conflicts occurring in the world are fundamentally different from the classical war type. New-type conflicts lack the uniformity of organized force traditionally represented by the state. Instead, they feature nonstate entities as initiators of organized action and the employment of nonmilitary methods of confrontation along with traditional military methods.
IN HIS classic book On War, the eminent 19th century German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz generalized the experience of the Napoleonic wars: “The art of war … makes War of all branches of human activity the most like a gambling game.”1 It seems that since the time when Clausewitz defined war as “the continuation […]
US, NATO again reject Russian demands; Stoltenberg demands Russia withdraw from break-away republics; Peskov: no INF without broad guarantees, Putin to decide ‘further actions.’
Golts: Moscow’s view of European security ignores the fact that host countries gave consent to U.S. presence on their territory in light of security threat posed by Russia.
Kremlin declares talks ‘failure’ as proposals are rebuffed and US senate mulls sanctions; Ryabkov: ‘Russia has never given in to threats or blackmail’; ruble, Russian markets tumble
Golts: Russian proposals are unacceptable to NATO, US, but contain some points that would improve European security overall; however, Moscow’s ultimatum stance shows it intends
to keep raising the stakes, threatening a war.
Lipsky: All signs indicate U.S., Russia, Ukraine not ready to go to war, but the situation is so volatile, any spark could set off fighting
Putin demands that NATO give assurances of no further eastward expansion; Laru: the initiative to join NATO is the prerogative of aspiring states, so giving such a guarantee would require amending the bloc’s charter