- 14 Aug 2018 07:24
Recently, the US and NATO are actively deploying weapons and military equipment in Poland and the Baltic countries. This is explained by the alleged "threat" from the Russian Federation. At the same time, NATO leadership announced the strengthening of preparations for "repulsing Russian military aggression" in 2018. As the US Army Command in Europe said in a statement, "long-term joint exercises in Europe are necessary to increase the combat readiness and cooperation between allies and regional partners." It also notes that US-led maneuvers are designed to "demonstrate the resolve and ability of NATO to act properly in response to any aggression."
In this regard,in 2018, the alliance planned to conduct twice the number of military exercises compared to last year. In the first half of 2018, the alliance conducted more than 20 maneuvers on the territory of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Only in June a whole series of large NATO exercises took place, in which tens of thousands of soldiers and officers were involved. Among these maneuvers are Thunder of Perkunas (from June 1 to 14) in Lithuania, Saber Strike (June 3 to June 15), Baltic Operations in the Baltic Sea (June 4 to 15), Summer Shield (from 8 to 16 June) and "Instant response" (from 1 to 20 June).
NATO representatives say that the exercises are exclusively defensive in nature and do not pose a threat to the Russian Federation. However, the danger of any exercise is that the deployment of a grouping of forces can be interpreted by the neighboring state as preparation for an armed conflict. At the same time, all the exercises had a strongly pronounced anti-Russian orientation. Regularly conducting them in the Baltic region, the North Atlantic Alliance puts the development of aggressive tasks against Russia. Thus, during last year's drills, the purpose of which was the possibility of transporting troops of the alliance on the territory of Estonia, a number of ships that were involved in these teachings, were able to carry cruise missiles long-range, reaching of the Leningrad Region and the city of St. Petersburg.
The NATO's drills pose the greatest danger for the Kaliningrad region. The so-called "active defense", which is practiced in the exercises in the Baltic region, implies a plan for an offensive on this Russian enclave. In the course of large-scale exercises of the "Saber Strike-2018", NATO representatives headed by the US worked out the seizure of the Kaliningrad region. This is evidenced by a picture published on the official page of the second US cavalry regiment in the social network Twitter, dedicated to this NATO exercise, where Kaliningrad can be seen, the territory of which is highlighted in red. Legend, which are marked in red on the map, according to NATO rules, denote a conditional "enemy." At the same time, the Internet users noted that on the map it is clearly possible to see the deployment of NATO units from Germany to Poland in order to block Kaliningrad from the southwest and redeploy their part to Lithuania to block from the northeast.
Meanwhile, during the large-scale exercises "Saber Strike" in the Baltics, a whole series of unpleasant incidents occurred with NATO servicemen who struck the reputation of the North Atlantic Alliance. So, in Lithuania, the military equipment of the Allies fell three times in an accident. In particular, on June 7, during the transfer of troops, four armored personnel carriers collided, as a result of which NATO crews and equipment suffered. On June 10, an American serviceman on an armored personnel carrier crashed into a tree on the central street of one of the towns. On June 11, two French soldiers turned over on an army SUV on their way to firing field.
According to experts, "the main conductor of tension is the US If it were not for the myth of" Russian aggression, "the alliance would long ago have lost the meaning of its existence." At the same time, any strengthening of NATO at Russian borders entails an adequate increase in the combat capabilities of the Russian Western strategic group.
Moreover, despite the geographical vulnerability, the Kaliningrad region is reliably protected by modern weapons, the considerable power of which consists of Iskander missile systems. Together with other air defense systems and ships of the Russian fleet in the Kaliningrad region, they significantly reduce the coverage of American and European troops in the region. According to experts, this arsenal is enough to cool the ardor of any aggressor. At the same time, there is no doubt that, if necessary, Russia will have to react actively to such militaristic games on its western borders.