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'Putin trying to take down NATO without firing a shot'

Greg Corombos | WND

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Chuck Nash says Russian President Vladimir Putin is using the recent provocation in the Baltic Sea and other incidents to prove the United States will not stand up to aggression and won’t do anything to stop Russia’s efforts to gobble up its former republics.

Nash, who served 25 years in uniform as a U.S. Naval aviator, was responding to reports that Russian jets repeatedly buzzed the U.S.S. Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea more than 30 times and even simulated attack maneuvers.

He told WND and Radio America Putin’s calculation is clear.

“Putin is trying to take down NATO without firing a shot,” Nash said. “His message to NATO is clear. His message to the Baltic States of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania is very clear. And that is, ‘The United States will not react, even when their nose is rubbed in it. So what makes you think they’re going to come to your defense if shooting starts or if we really start posturing heavily?'”

He added, “That message has been transmitted. And that message, trust me, has been received.”

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