Russian Aggression: NATO's Baseless Allegations, not Real Facts
Ongoing exchanges of unfriendly statements. Taking advantage of the deteriorating situation in the international arena, some foreign countries allow themselves to accuse opponents of aggressive intentions, and makes a bold statement. In addition, such accusations are widely used as a pretext for various actions, including the transportation of troops. Another round of similar verbal confrontation began in late May. May 27, the media reported on the statement of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The head of the Alliance touched several topics, but the most interesting point concerns the military-political situation in Eastern Europe.
In mid-May, it was reported that a missile brigade of ground troops serving in the Kaliningrad region in 2018 will be fully equipped with new operational-tactical "Iskander-M". J. Stoltenberg responded to the announcement of such plans of the Russian Defence Ministry. According to the Secretary General of NATO, the transfer of missile complexes in the Kaliningrad region radically change the balance of security in Europe. The official called such plans for destabilizing and dangerous. When speaking about the dangers of Russian actions, J. Stoltenberg stressed that NATO is not willing to enter into a confrontation with Russia.
On the same day were made other important statements about the military-political situation in Europe. May 27 in Prague, at the conference "Our security," Gen. Peter spoke Czech Pavel. Particularly interesting is the presentation looks when you consider that on June 1, P. Paul is the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Thus, the application of general can be interpreted most broadly, and considered "inaugural speech" before entering into a new position. P. Paul expressed his concern about the situation in Eastern Europe. He believes that the Russian military might allow it in case of an armed conflict to occupy the Baltic countries. At the same time the conquest of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will take only two days.
Also, the Czech general was forced to note that in the event of such a conflict, the Baltic countries there is little hope for an adequate response on the part of NATO. The fact that the adoption of a decision on the occupation of the neighboring states have official Moscow will leave a few hours. NATO, in turn, is a rather complex structure, which is why coordination of common position 28 countries will take too much time. Also, General Pavel said that the leaders and members of the alliance in the event of such a hypothetical conflict would have to take a very complex and difficult decision: whether to enter into a war with Russia, or to find another way out.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that Russia has a powerful strategic nuclear forces, and the ability to use them. Finally, P. Paul suggested that such threats hanging not only over the Baltic states. According to him, Russia is able to in just two days to get through to Kiev and take it.
May 27 came the first comments by Russian officials. Russia's ambassador to NATO Alexander Glushko believes that some foreign countries are trying to use the application for some of the Russian threat to solve its internal problems. In the case of the Baltic states, according to the ambassador, there is stereotyping "frontline states". One gets the impression that some States advantageous to refer themselves to such categories as it allows require special attention to yourself and ask for protection. But the most important feature of this policy is that the search for an external enemy in the face of Russia is a convenient excuse for any of their own mistakes as well as internal and external problems.
It should be recalled that the latest statements by senior NATO officials are not something new and surprising. In recent years, the North Atlantic Alliance punctually accuses Russia of aggressive plans for the nearest neighbors. Naturally, such suspicions are not backed by any evidence, are the reason for the implementation of their plans: joint exercises, troop transport, etc.
Since the beginning of the crisis Ukrainian number of similar statements by NATO has increased. In addition, to increase the activity of this organization in the Eastern European countries. Even last spring, NATO leaders called Russia as a potential aggressor and accused of unwillingness to work together to take part in resolving the crisis in Ukraine. For example, in March last year, Allied NATO forces in Europe, General Philip Breedlove said that in the settlement of Ukrainian crisis, Russia is an enemy rather than a partner.
In addition, the American general noted the high number of well-trained and Russian connections in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine. According to F. Bridlava, status and training of these units allows for obtaining the appropriate order to perform a throw to Transnistria. At the same time the Russian military is unlikely to be met with strong resistance from the armed forces of Ukraine. Also on the topic of troops in the border areas spoke then NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He expressed concern related to the build-up of Russia's military presence on the borders.
For obvious reasons, the statements of NATO leaders the answer Russian officials. Thus, a spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, in response to words and Bridlava Rasmussen said that these groups to strengthen the armed forces on the Russian-Ukrainian border are untrue. This Peskov stressed that this situation is sometimes observed in the other areas. All of this, in his opinion, does not contribute to the normalization of the situation and resolve the crisis.
Accusing Russian troops in the contraction of the Ukrainian border, NATO performs transfer of its units in the states of Eastern Europe. Thus, the unsubstantiated accusations are a convenient excuse for the real action. It is expected the transfer of troops does not cause any complaints on the part of the Alliance.Russian edition of "Free Press" The activity of NATO forces from March to May and reached a very interesting list of operations for the transfer of troops, exercises, etc.
At the beginning of March in Latvia came about three thousand US troops as well as tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. Officially, they were to take part in the exercises Atlantic Resolve. However, the exercises were held, and the US military is still stationed in Latvia. Moreover, no longer hiding the military and their equipment will not leave until the present "Russian threat." On March 4, the Black Sea became 2nd constant mine-sweeping group of NATO.
The structure of this compound ships entered the United States, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Romania and other countries. In mid-March, several units with tanks and other armored vehicles arrived in Latvia, Estonia and Romania. A little later we came to Latvia US National Guard soldiers. In addition, the country has taken an American self-propelled artillery. on March 25 landfills Bulgaria and Romania started the next international exercises. The next day was seen in Austria train with US armored vehicles moving in an easterly direction. In April polygons Eastern Europe have become a platform for a number of exercises.
April 13 in Lithuania began exercises with the United States, Poland and Portugal. April 20 began to develop military cooperation in Estonia and the USA. April 21, NATO aircraft with the support of the Swedish Air Force and Finland took part in yet another exercise. April 23 Poland has 300 French troops with 15 tanks. On the last day of April in Estonia arrived four A-10 attack aircraft from the US Air Force. May 4 off the coast of Norway started the teachings of the naval forces of NATO whose aim is to develop a joint search and destroy enemy submarines. In such event was attended by 20 ships from 11 countries. May 11 near the banks of Lithuania began other exercises fleets. At this time, were involved 20 ships and three international staff. On May 18, the Romanian land forces started exercises, which also was attended by the US military and Bulgaria.
Finally, from 25 May to 5 June in the northern parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway conducted exercises Arctic Challenge Exercise 15, during which the military of several countries are trained to counter an enemy in the Arctic. Thus, statements and accusations against Russia are the cover and justification for the mass really unfriendly activities. Under the guise of the mythical Russian threat, NATO is moving troops into Eastern Europe, as well as conducting various exercises. As a result of the case, in contrast to the words reveals the true intentions of the parties.
What will happen next - is not clear. In the absence of preconditions to resolve international problems should be expected that the alliance will continue to pull the troops in Eastern European countries and conduct exercises. In addition, the application will continue to sound the aggressive plans of Russia and the threat it poses to the Baltic states, Ukraine and other countries. Such unproven "threat" to be used as a pretext to strengthen its military presence at the western borders of Russia.
All of this brings to mind last year's statements F. Bridlava, but fix them according to the current situation: at present, it is not a NATO partner and potential adversaries.