Following recent press coverage of events between NATO and Russia, citizens across the Motherland are stocking up on essential supplies like salt, matches and buckwheat in preparation for war, according to an expert who recently visited the region. Jill Dougherty, who served as CNN’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent for three decades, told how Russians are paranoid about a major imminent conflict in an article for the Wilson Center.
After over 7 years of weak leadership in the United States, many Russians feel that their government may think the time is right to take assertive action against the western alliance. Ms. Dougherty explained how even a taxi driver in Moscow was concerned enough to asked her, “When are we going to war?” Dougherty also related how she traveled from “the Baltic region, to Georgia, and to Russia” and that “talk of war is everywhere”.
“At the office I ask a Russian employee about the mood in his working-class Moscow neighborhood,” she writes. “The old people are buying salt, matches and “gretchka,” (buckwheat) he tells me – the time-worn refuge for Russians stocking up on essentials in case of war.”
Dougherty says that many prominent voices in Russia are incredibly concerned about NATO’s increasingly harsh rhetoric and military maneuvers. She also cited statements made by Sergei Karaganov, foreign affairs expert and member of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Foreign Policy and Defense Council, who told Der Spiegel that the western propaganda offensive against Russia is “reminiscent of the period preceding a new war.”
As Mac Slavo explains, all signs point to a major escalation. “With Vladimir Putin having recently purged 50 of his top commanders following an old Soviet doctrine that calls for exactly such maneuvers ahead of war, there appear to be a variety of actions being undertaken by both East and West in anticipation of a large-scale conflict.”
“NATO is deploying more assets to the Eastern front and the Russians for, their part, are feverishly deploying new weapons systems, one of which is reportedly capable of obliterating an entire U.S. state the size of Texas, as well as a Tsunami torpedo that could wipe out entire coastal cities.”
For more information on these weapons and rising tensions between NATO and Russia, see the links below.
CNN contributed to this report.
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