JRL NEWSWATCH: “NATO Outmaneuvers Russia in Balkans” – Wall Street Journal/ James Marson
Albanian Air Base Gets NATO Upgrade as Alliance Plays to Its Strengths in Balkans. Graveyard of obsolete MiGs to become refueling station for NATO planes projecting power eastward.
“[NATO] is spending €50 million ($56 million) to upgrade the six-decade-old base [in Kucova, Albania], further cementing its foothold … The alliance also aims to project power from here into the Mediterranean and Black Seas, where Russia has deployed ships engaged in its conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. While the West has often struggled to counter Russia’s political meddling and foreign military engagements, NATO has outmaneuvered Russia in the western Balkans in recent years. … Russia has sought to destabilize the region, largely without success. ….”
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