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God Speed Toward Operation Alliance Reassurance

NATO has full right, responsibility and reason to continue at Godspeed with Operation Alliance Reassurance within Central and Eastern Europe. The jitters the Russian Federation has created in Europe, now transcend Ukraine borders. Peaceful NATO members and western allies within Europe, have genuine concerns as to their sovereignty and territorial integrity, based solely upon Putin's rash operations into Ukraine and with his deployment of some 35,00 to 40,000 troops on the border with Ukraine. Central and Eastern members of NATO would be foolish not to seek assistance in reinforcing their own borders based upon what Putin has done and is capable of doing with such a large military. Moreover, the state of affairs in Europe has now moved beyond concerns limited to Ukrainian borders. The culmination is now the need to preserve civil international order in Central and Eastern Europe. A call has gone out for assurance of a civil international order - an order  the Russian Federation  broke with its actions into Ukraine. Thus, the call from Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to NATO earlier today for answers regarding NATO's activities in Eastern Europe, should go unanswered. Russia holds the answers. Reuters reports that Lavrov said: "We have addressed questions to the North Atlantic military alliance. We are not only expecting answers, but answers that will be based fully on respect for the rules we agreed on." Rules! What Rules? Russian diplomatic rules? Russia broke the rules. Now Putin wants to go back to business as before after Russia has gained territory. In case Moscow didn't get the memo: there could be no "business as usual". NATO is onto Putin's ploys. NATO has severed civil and military cooperation with Russia. NATO will not play Russia's "we said, you said, you agreed, we agreed" game any longer. Alliance members must be made to feel safe with their sovereign borders. It is NATO's job to deliver that security. And rather than playing the relay message scheme Russia wants, NATO must proceed quickly to deploy and reinforce military assets to NATO's members close to Russia; increase the readiness level for NATO's rapid response forces; and to conduct a review of NATO's crisis response plans as well as to set military training and exercise schedules.