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USA in the Balkans: the operational phase of establishing military control

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Serbs in the north of Kosovo, who firmly reject the Brussels Agreement, which turns them from Serbian citizens into “Kosovars” against their will, will soon find themselves alone with military force designed to guarantee the implementation of the agreements in Brussels. At the end of May - early June, the 525-I American commando-reconnaissance brigade arrives on the territory of the former Serbian region, which now holds three-week exercises at the Hohenfels training ground in Germany, fulfilling the tasks that it will have to solve in Kosovo. These tasks include planning combat operations, eliminating unrest, evacuating the wounded, and interacting with civilians.


The 525 Brigade is the first division of the regular US Armed Forces in KFOR for the last ten years ... Its military personnel will be deployed in the eastern part of the KFOR sector (Kosovska Kamenitsa, Vitina, Gnjilane, Uroševac, Shtimle, Kachanik and Shtrpze). As part of the brigade, the 1 th battalion of the 38 regiment, which was recently planned to be transferred to Afghanistan, is being deployed. Together with KFOR and EULEX (EULEX is a special EU mission consisting of 2000 civilians and law enforcement officials), the Americans are planning to ensure freedom of movement, that is, dismantle the Serb-built barricades that block access to Kosovo from the Albanian police and special forces. (1)

The reliable rear of the military units sent to the Balkans is the Bondsteel base, located in Kosovo near the town of Uroševac. It is the largest American base in Europe (named after James Bondsteel, a Vietnam War veteran), allowing control of the waters of the Mediterranean and Black seas, as well as routes leading to the Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus. The base was built in record time, in July-October 1999, immediately after the completion of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. It is now the center of KFOR / NATO's eastern sector of responsibility, covering an area of ​​about 800 hectares. On the territory of the base there are 300 objects (airfields, hangars, infrastructure that provides the basing of helicopter, artillery and tank parts, shops, cinemas, gyms, libraries, two churches, the most modern hospital in Europe); the base is covered by a 25 km road network and surrounded by 14 km of earthen and concrete barbed wire fences and 11 watchtowers.

The operational capabilities of the Bondsteel base go far beyond not only Kosovo, but the entire Balkan region. Logistics support can be provided by the airfields of Tirana, Pristina, Bologna, Dracha, Skopje, Tuzla.

The Bondsteel base is also designed to perform a security function along the route of the trans-Balkan oil pipeline - a US-British project designed to supply oil from the Caspian region through Bulgaria, Macedonia to the Albanian port of Vlora on the Adriatic coast and then supertankers to Western Europe and the USA. A characteristic detail: the construction of the Bondsteel base was carried out by the same Halliburton company (former US Vice President Dick Cheney is closely associated with it), which is supposed to build the Trans-Balkan oil pipeline (2).

After visiting the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Hill Robles, at 2002 in Bondsteel, he described the base as “Little Guantanamo”. According to reports, the base is a transit point for the movement of prisoners.

In Washington’s plans, the Balkan region should be incorporated into Euro-Atlantic structures completely and without remainder. The US State Department is demonstrating a firm conviction in the inviolability of its Balkan conquests and the "fastening" of Serbia to a new geopolitical reality, including control not only over the south, but also over northern Kosovo. Former US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon (now Special Assistant to the President of the United States, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf) has repeatedly stressed that "the United States continues to firmly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kosovo", regardless of which government exists in Belgrade (3). As early as July 2012, F. Gordon clearly explained the strict demands of the US administration to Serbia. “Neither we nor the European Union,” he said, “do not expect Serbia to recognize Kosovo, it should not do this. However, Serbia must recognize the reality of a democratic, sovereign, independent multi-ethnic Kosovo within its present borders. And finally, Belgrade must stop supporting the illegal parallel system of security and justice in northern Kosovo and ensure freedom of movement for all ... ”(I have highlighted. - A.F.) (4)

During the visit to Belgrade on 19-20 in May, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was determined that Serbia would set a date for the start of EU accession negotiations only after the implementation of the Brussels Agreement, and within the next few weeks (5). An obstacle on this path is the unwillingness of the Serbs of the north to dissolve in the drug-criminal Kosovo-Albanian education. However, the “tool of persuasion” of stubborn Serbs in the form of units of the 525 of the US armed forces is already ready to be sent to Kosovo.

(1) rts.rs
(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYKQP01t5NA
(3) tirana.usembassy.gov
(4) http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/rm/2012/194814.htm
(5) http://www.nspm.rs/hronika/gvido-vestervele-pocetak-primene-sporazuma-kljucan-uslov-za-datum.html
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  1. sscha
    sscha 23 May 2013 15: 57 New
    +4
    "Brothers" feel sorry. Threw some ... hi
    1. Retx
      Retx 23 May 2013 16: 35 New
      -1
      "Brothers" are called Bulgarians.
      1. fokino1980
        fokino1980 23 May 2013 17: 25 New
        +1
        Very correct remark !!! My Serbian friends would be offended! good
      2. waisson
        waisson 23 May 2013 19: 29 New
        +8
        Bulgarians in the Great Patriotic War were on the side of Hitler. Serbs are not
        1. Retx
          Retx 23 May 2013 19: 55 New
          +3
          that’s why the “brothers”, and the Serbs are brothers.
        2. kind
          kind 23 May 2013 20: 02 New
          +6
          Bulgarians - Ivan, not remembering kinship! Russia freed them from the Turkish yoke, then from fascism, and they are like mold: neither thanks nor shit. In a word, pickled vegetables.
    2. valokordin
      valokordin 23 May 2013 20: 13 New
      +6
      Quote: sscha
      "Brothers" feel sorry. Threw alone

      Not only theirs alone - this democracy and the Slavophobic gang abandoned all their allies. All whom they believed, and the Serbs simply began to survive, because they did not have the strength to resist. Glory to Yeltsin, Chubais, Gaidar, the author of the Atlantic U-turn, to all the shitty Russian people.
  2. Lech from ZATULINKI
    Lech from ZATULINKI 23 May 2013 15: 59 New
    14
    The main problem of the Serbs is their liberal political leadership who sells and betrays their citizens.
    1. fokino1980
      fokino1980 23 May 2013 17: 28 New
      +3
      This is true, and while in Serbia there is no political force capable of uniting real Serbs !!! And all the troubles in the country, like ours, come from the capital !!! They only gained strength !!! This is the dream of our "liberal-minded bullshit with a hamburger in the ass and an American flag instead of a tail" am
    2. piotr534
      piotr534 23 May 2013 18: 33 New
      0
      The main problem of the Serbs is their liberal political leadership who sells and betrays their citizens
      It is annoying that Serbia sold its Kosovo brothers for joining the EU. And this is the fault of both the government and the majority of the population of Serbia, who chose such a leadership for themselves.
      1. evfrat
        evfrat 23 May 2013 19: 00 New
        +1
        ... who chose the EU multi-passport ...
      2. waisson
        waisson 23 May 2013 19: 34 New
        +1
        not only the Kosovo brothers but also the patriots of united Serbia were tried in the goag where this government was when the war in Yugoslavia was going on as a maladezh who sat in Belgium in Germany and other European countries and after the war came and imagined themselves to be heroes
    3. GSH-18
      GSH-18 23 May 2013 19: 39 New
      +1
      Quote: Lech from ZATULINKI
      The main problem of the Serbs is their liberal political leadership who sells and betrays their citizens

      The people of Serbia and their leadership are actually two unrelated entities. While one legally (backed by amer-force) governs the other with impunity! am
  3. Vtel
    Vtel 23 May 2013 16: 09 New
    10
    Serbia will set a date for the start of EU accession negotiations only after the implementation of the Brussels Agreement

    And they need it! Their elite is not better than ours, liberals of all countries unite! To trade your homeland is the last work of Judah. Their names, like Humpback, will be remembered by descendants - in a bad word, as they say, "only the grave will correct the hunchback".
    1. Retx
      Retx 23 May 2013 16: 38 New
      +2
      All this can be called "Gorbachev syndrome."
      1. waisson
        waisson 23 May 2013 19: 37 New
        +1
        Yugoslavia is different it is not the GDR and Czechoslovakia under the USSR Yugoslavia did not look into the mouth of the USSR but were friends
        1. DEfindER
          DEfindER 24 May 2013 12: 50 New
          0
          Quote: waisson
          Yugoslavia is different it is not the GDR and Czechoslovakia under the USSR Yugoslavia did not look into the mouth of the USSR but were friends

          I agree, at the time of the Union, it was full of Yugoslav goods, their industry worked, people lived even better than in the USSR .. The strongest country in Eastern Europe was, so they decided to liquidate it quickly in order to weaken Slavic influence in Europe.
          Not a single Russian historical figure would admit what was done to Yugoslavia, besides our leader that he didn’t regain consciousness .. Actually, he signed the death sentence of the USSR, and Yugoslavia rendered the same service.
  4. JonnyT
    JonnyT 23 May 2013 16: 24 New
    +3
    After visiting the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Alvaro Hill Robles, at 2002 in Bondsteel, he described the base as “Little Guantanamo”. According to reports, the base is a transit point for the movement of prisoners.

    And there they also sell organs and drugs! Long live America
  5. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 23 May 2013 16: 29 New
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    "The United States continues to firmly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kosovo" ---------- who would doubt it.
  6. jandjella
    jandjella 23 May 2013 16: 39 New
    +4
    Here it is the duplicity of the West.
  7. pa_nik
    pa_nik 23 May 2013 16: 45 New
    +4
    Unfortunately, the youthfulness of the Russian authorities, who were in charge at the time of the rape of Yugoslavia, opened a wide road for the dismemberment of the country and created a precedent for the implementation of similar scenarios in other places. Now all actions, both on our part and on the Serbs, are carried out in a mode of "misunderstandings" and threats of power escalation. De jure they (Kosovars and Co.) are, like, right. And in fact, Russia has always acted as the defender of the offended and oppressed. We will see. hi
  8. Zeus
    Zeus 23 May 2013 16: 45 New
    +4
    Bastards, again gathered to kill the Serbs. Forces no longer tolerate this hell of the earth.
  9. avt
    avt 23 May 2013 17: 04 New
    +6
    Quote: pa_nik
    Unfortunately, the youthfulness of the Russian authorities, who were in charge at the time of the rape of Yugoslavia, opened a wide road for the dismemberment of the country and created a precedent for the implementation of similar scenarios in other places.

    I would agree, there is really one BUT. The deceased Milosevic signed the Dayton Accords. It was they who became the reference point and the legal trigger for NATO’s invasion of Yugoslavia and the dismemberment of Serbia. But no matter how you rest, but being a Serb more than the Serbs themselves is an extremely ungrateful and costly task. Not such a simple situation in Serbia was and is to draw definitive and unilateral conclusions.
  10. 101
    101 23 May 2013 17: 07 New
    0
    Quote: Zeus
    again gathered to kill the Serbs.

    Now, by law and with their consent, mother mother mother
  11. Parabellum
    Parabellum 23 May 2013 17: 07 New
    +3
    Why are we talking about the cowardice of our authorities and not talking about the cowardice of their authorities? Serbia (Yugoslavia) is their country. Why did the Serbian authorities extradite Milosevic, Mladic, etc., although they are the heroes of their country? Why, after the dismemberment of their own country, the Serbs break into the EU, although they receive nothing besides spitting? Let them better decide who they are along the way.
    1. ekebastus
      ekebastus 23 May 2013 18: 55 New
      +4
      "... according to my inner conviction, the most complete and insurmountable - Russia will never have and never had such haters, envious people, slanderers, and even obvious enemies, like all these Slavic tribes, as soon as Russia liberates them, and Europe agrees to recognize them as released! And let them not object to me, do not dispute, do not shout at me that I am exaggerating and that I am a hater of the Slavs! On the contrary, I really love the Slavs, but I will not defend myself, because I know that everything is for sure so it will come true, as I say, and not by the low, ungrateful , Though, the nature of the Slavs, not at all - they have character in this sense, as in all - and precisely because such things in the world differently and can not happen.
      After their release, they will begin their new life, I repeat, precisely by asking themselves to be given the pledge and protection of their freedom from Europe, England and Germany, and even Russia will be in a concert of European powers, but they will protection from Russia and will do it.
      They will certainly begin with the fact that inside themselves, if not directly out loud, they will declare to themselves and convince themselves that they do not owe the slightest gratitude to Russia, on the contrary, that they could hardly escape from the power of Russia during the conclusion of the peace by the intervention of a European concert, and not if Europe had intervened, Russia would have swallowed them right away, "having in mind the expansion of borders and the foundation of the great All-Slavic empire on the enslavement of the Slavs by the greedy, cunning and barbaric Great Russian tribe" ......


      Dostoevsky Fedor Mikhailovich.
      The diary of a writer.
      September - December 1877.
      1. evfrat
        evfrat 23 May 2013 19: 58 New
        +2
        But you can’t argue with Dostoevsky, despite all the desire. The Russian liberation campaign gave what the faithful peoples of the Balkans had been waiting for. He gave them freedom. And how did they deal with her? They began to arrange feuds, to kill each other. Romanians fought in two wars against their liberators. Serbs fought with the Bulgarians. Catholic Serbs (Croats - the term is late), Muslim Serbs (Bosniaks) began to kill Orthodox Serbs. Someone quickly darted under the wing of England and Austria-Hungary. So guys! The question is not simple - the fate of small nations. Do not wishful thinking. Moreover, we lost the Russian Empire precisely because of the Balkan, a very difficult issue!
      2. Retx
        Retx 23 May 2013 20: 04 New
        0
        Fyodor Mikhailovich did not see the picture that became visible with time. The impotence of the chancellors, who concluded stupid pacts and agreements, did not allow organizing a post-war arrangement in the territories. Freeing this is one thing, and putting "your power" is another. This is where the Chancellor "Mr. NO" was needed, but alas ...
    2. waisson
      waisson 23 May 2013 19: 39 New
      0
      the old patriots died and those in power who fattened during the war in Europe
  12. FlyEngine
    FlyEngine 23 May 2013 17: 30 New
    -2
    Serbs are even more patient people than Russians.
    So they are being bullied at the official level.
    1. 89501358976
      89501358976 23 May 2013 17: 46 New
      +4
      WELL THEY CAN'T SAME WITH NATO TO SUGGEST !!!! "THANKS" TO THE HUMAN ROOM AND ALEXHA YELTSIN !!!! JUDAH .....
      1. piotr534
        piotr534 23 May 2013 18: 44 New
        +3
        WELL THEY CAN'T SAME WITH NATO TO SUGGEST !!!! "THANKS" TO THE HUMAN ROOM AND ALEXHA YELTSIN !!!! JUDAH .....
        By the way (ALKASH YELTSIN) he said that we were against it, but he was answered in such a way (But we don’t give a shit that you are against it.) Thank God they don’t say that now, not that Russia is already.
        1. zvereok
          zvereok 23 May 2013 21: 49 New
          0
          Quote: piotr534
          By the way (ALKASH YELTSIN) he said that we were against it, but he was answered in such a way (But we don’t give a shit that you are against it.) Thank God they don’t say that now, not that Russia is already.


          As they say. And we can’t do anything really.
      2. waisson
        waisson 23 May 2013 19: 42 New
        0
        tied and esche as
    2. waisson
      waisson 23 May 2013 19: 41 New
      0
      disagree with us they say Caucasian blood they have Balkan
  13. evfrat
    evfrat 23 May 2013 18: 59 New
    +6
    The Serbs are not so simple. After all, they had two dynasties - Obrenovichi and Karageorgievichi. Some originally looked to the East, others to the West. We can’t say that all Serbs are sleeping and seeing Russia. Many of them want to be with Europe. Austria-Hungary was not an enemy for all Serbs. At the instigation of Germany, the Serbian Kingdom declared war on Slavic !, fraternal! Bulgaria (then the principality). So we don’t meddle where help is understood in different ways. God will judge.
  14. Sotnik77s
    Sotnik77s 23 May 2013 20: 15 New
    0
    Yes, it will not be easy for the Serbs in KOSOVO ON ONE SIDE - ALBANIANS, ON THE OTHER AMERICA, THESE DIVERSANTS RUNNING FROM AFGHAN, WHICH DOESN'T BE ABLE TO KEEP HANDS ON THE SLAVES, AND ONE OTHER TRIEFLY WITHOUT !!!!
  15. afire
    afire 23 May 2013 20: 20 New
    +1
    I think that any serious confrontation will cause open opposition on the part of Russia, since not so long ago they wanted to accept the brothers as an observer in the CSTO. This will be done as quickly as the need arises, just now they do not want to talk about this topic once again. And after that it will become clear how strong the nerves of the NATO guys are when they find out that Serbia is still under secret protection.
    In my opinion, this topic will continue to develop.
  16. Vladomir
    Vladomir 23 May 2013 21: 59 New
    0
    As the Russian state strengthens, its attractive power and ability to influence events in its favor will grow based on Russia's INTERESTS.
  17. Aleshty
    Aleshty 23 May 2013 23: 22 New
    +1
    I agree with evfrat! I have great doubts about the fact that someone from the Balkan peoples shares the point of view that we are “brothers”. I know what I'm talking about. Over the past five years, half the crew have been residents of the former Yugoslavia. At the household level, everyone recognizes the fact of the Slavonic origin, but no more. They have no relationship with each other. There is no hatred, but friendship too. A lot of resentment against each other in the past and present. They don’t want to hear anything about any close spiritual connection with the Russians. They are tuned in and we are not relatives or friends. They do not really want to join the European Union, but they do not resist. One of the famous said: "You do not have to be bigger Serbs than the Serbs themselves." Golden truth. The most friendly of us from the "former", do not believe it - Romanians. It’s easy with them, they know the story and see something like us. The assessment of the situation in the world is also very close. That's how it is seen from my porch.
    1. evfrat
      evfrat 23 May 2013 23: 29 New
      +1
      Said in my opinion Konuzin. In general, to everyone who hits his chest this video:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7nUV_nqAYE
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  19. Bekzat
    Bekzat 24 May 2013 09: 45 New
    0
    Greetings to all, it would be better if Bondsteel was closed, then I would have celebrated with a glass of cold beer.