6 September 2014: The nuclear-armed Western military alliance (NATO) which in 1948 was created by the original 7 member nations known collectively as the Council of the Western European Union (not so coincidentally the same year as the re-birth of the modern State of Israel), and which expanded in 1954 into 10 member nations (alphabetically: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom), and which has continuously expanded to include new member nations ever since, this week approved the most significant expansion of its military operations in its 66-year history.
This week at the summit in southern Wales the 28-strong member nations of NATO agreed to the establishment of a full capability Rapid Response Force to be based in its new acquired eastern region (i.e. the former enemy Warsaw Pact nations) as a "spearhead" for countering any Russian aggression against any of them. As if this announcement was not enough, the 28-member nations of NATO have also agreed to supply "security assistance" to the republic of Ukraine thereby ensuring its independence, territorial sovereignty and self-defense capabilities against renewed Russian expansionism. On the surface, would this appear to be a good reason for Russia to look southwards in its expansionism?