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Romanian village set to become Nato's biggest airbase in Europe


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Six RAF Eurofighter Typhoons sit on the taxiway, engines roaring on two, as the ground staff hurry about, adding the finishing touches before take-off.

In the distance, a cloud of dust rises in the summer haze over the construction site of the second runway, 3.5km (2 miles) long, beside the first. The hot northerly wind buffets the new hangars and the old.

Mihai Kogalniceanu (MK) airbase takes its name from the village nearby, itself named after a 19th Century liberal politician.

Now, it is the unlikely setting for what is turning into the biggest Nato base in Europe, bigger even than Ramstein in Germany.

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his war in Ukraine on the grounds that Nato is encroaching on Russia’s European flank. In response to his invasion, more pieces have moved forward on the Nato chessboard.

Ukraine war: Nato expands Mihai Kogălniceanu airbase in Romania - BBC News

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2 minutes ago, pellinore said:

Six RAF Eurofighter Typhoons sit on the taxiway, engines roaring on two, as the ground staff hurry about, adding the finishing touches before take-off.

In the distance, a cloud of dust rises in the summer haze over the construction site of the second runway, 3.5km (2 miles) long, beside the first. The hot northerly wind buffets the new hangars and the old.

Mihai Kogalniceanu (MK) airbase takes its name from the village nearby, itself named after a 19th Century liberal politician.

Now, it is the unlikely setting for what is turning into the biggest Nato base in Europe, bigger even than Ramstein in Germany.

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his war in Ukraine on the grounds that Nato is encroaching on Russia’s European flank. In response to his invasion, more pieces have moved forward on the Nato chessboard.

Ukraine war: Nato expands Mihai Kogălniceanu airbase in Romania - BBC News

It looks like a move from the Putin playbook. Create a problem for the other side then use it as a bargaining chip. 

It is the same idea USSR had with Cuba, create a problem and then use it as leverage to get something else they want.

Good to see this time it is NATO on the front foot. 

Do it often enough and it completely destabilizes the oppositions plan.

We can also see it with US/ China relations, with evermore tariffs on goods, I guess this approach is all coming from one player, the US.

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21 minutes ago, pellinore said:

In the distance, a cloud of dust rises in the summer haze over the construction site of the second runway, 3.5km (2 miles) long, beside the first.

That will accommodate B52's. 

Location is on the Black Sea northwest of Constanta. That's not going to make Putin happy.

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But meanwhile, Farage is outrageous when he says NATO is provoking Russia. :tu:

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American power shifts away from the Middle East to Europe to contain Russia and police the Black Sea

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