Spring Exacerbation: NATO Drills on Russia’s Borders a Preparation for War?
- Spring Exacerbation: NATO Drills on Russia’s Borders a Preparation for War?
It seems that almost every other day NATO begins a new military drill somewhere around the world, and almost half of them are on Russia’s borders. The Alliance has used the Ukrainian crisis to build up its military presence in Russia’s immediate proximity, and Russian military call it as they see it: NATO is getting ready for war.
NATO has just kicked off its Exercise Noble Partner 2016 at Georgia’s Vaziani Training Area, which will last until May 26.
The drills involve 500 Georgian, 150 United Kingdom and 650 US service members who are incorporating a full range of equipment, including US M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, M119 Light Towed Howitzers and several support vehicles, says the official site of the US Army.
Alongside US forces, Georgian forces are operating their T-72 Main Battle Tanks, BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles and various support vehicles. The US forces are members of US Army Europe (USAREUR), elements of the US-based Regionally Allocated Force (1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division) contribution to NATO Response Force 2016 and the Georgia State Army and Air National Guard.
In addition, there are three C-130 “Hercules” aircraft from the 165 Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Garden City, Ga. There are two more simultaneous military exercises on the territories of the former USSR republic going on right now. The 6,000-strong Spring Storm in Estonia, which will last until May 19 includes Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany having sent company-sized units to take part in the exercise. A Canadian team of specialists and Finnish staff officers are also taking part.
“NATO is Getting Ready for War With Russia”
Igor Korotchenko, military expert and chief editor of the Russian magazine National Defense told Radio Sputnik that NATO views Russia as a real military adversary and assumes that war with Russia is not just a possibility, it is actually getting ready for it.
The Alliance has already started the buildup of a full-fledged military infrastructure in the countries which could further serve as a military foothold for the units aimed against Russia. These countries include the Baltic States, Poland and Romania amongst others.
The military expert noted that NATO infrastructure in Eastern Europe is being accompanied by the deployment of US missile launch sites in Poland and Romania and a step up of NATO naval units in the Baltic and North Seas.
“If we call things by their proper names – NATO is getting ready for a real war. It does not necessarily mean that this war will break out. But fact that these measures of combat operations and continuous large scale NATO drills with the participation of American units are being staged along Russia’s north-western border signal that the situation there is very tense,” he stated.