March 31, 2014
SOUND THE RETREAT:
Putin informs Merkel of Russia's partial troop withdrawal on Ukraine border (Deutsche Welle, 3/31/14)
Russia has partially withdrawn troops from the border with Ukraine. In a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Vladimir Putin discussed the move and how the West can "restore stability in the region."
We have no interest in stability.
Germany ready to reinforce Nato-Russia borders (ANDREW RETTMAN, 3/31/14, Eu Observer)
Germany has said its air force is ready to increase security on Nato's border with Russia, despite Moscow's promise not to escalate the crisis in Ukraine.A German defence ministry spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency on Sunday (30 March) "the army could take part in flights to patrol airspace with Awacs machines [surveillance planes] over Romania and Poland as well as training flights in the framework of a Nato air policing mission over Baltic states".The statement comes after Denmark and the US in the past few weeks agreed to send more than a dozen extra F-16 fighter jets to the region.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2014 1:35 PM