NATO’s Gun Loaded and Cocked
British military. Photo by: SSAM AL-SUDANI / AFP

British military. Photo by: SSAM AL-SUDANI / AFP

The North Atlantic alliance is taking increasingly offensive actions, provoking an open conflict with Russia

London seems to want to implement the scenario of BBC’s recently aired documentary World War Three: Inside the War Room, in which NATO’s troops respond to the military aggression of Russia. Great Britain is prepping its army for a massive military drill that is obviously aimed against the Russian Federation.  

The Shamal Storm maneuvers will include approximately 6 thousand soldiers and 300 vehicles that will be transferred to the territory of Jordan, informs The Daily Telegraph with a reference to a source in the British Ministry of Defense.

As the newspaper cites, “…if anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria.”

Shortly after that, a representative of the British military headquarters refuted this information, claiming that the drill is expected to “ensure the readiness to deploy and supply armed forces up to 30 thousand units strong in any corner of the world”, not to prepare to a war with Russia. 

This refutation sounds like a diplomatic attempt to soften the harsh comment that had unpredictably leaked to the press. It should be reminded that in November of the previous year, Britain included Russia in the list of major security threats alongside with the Daesh. That was the response of Britain, and other NATO members, to Russia’s measures to protect its national interests in 2014-2015.

“Whatever the British say about their military exercises in Jordan, these maneuvers are clearly anti-Russian. That should be treated seriously,” said Leonid Ivashov, Vice President of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs of the Russian Federation, in his interview to Russian Planet.

The recent NATO’s activity serves as evidence of this opinion.

The terrorists of the Daesh planned attacks on the United Kingdom (prevented by the British Security Service), spilled blood in Paris and threatened to punish the USA for their policy of interference. Despite all this, NATO continues to pay more attention to the ethereal “Russian threat” rather than to war on terror.

While Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah are fighting terrorists in Syria and Iraq, NATO is gathering forces closer to the Russian border, fearing the hypothetical “annexation” by Moscow of Eastern European states.

The recently published annual security report names two major threats for the members of NATO – the Daesh and Russian Federation. The analysts of the alliance accuse Moscow of large-scale military exercises that, as of late, have happened “too unexpectedly”. 

“Military maneuvers and exercises in Russia, which are part of the national rearmament initiative, have reached intensity unseen since the times of the Cold War,” the report reads. Particularly, Moscow is reproached for staging a nuclear strike on Sweden; this exercise took place in the vicinity of the Eastern border of the Stockholm archipelago in 2013.

At the same time, Washington has announced its intention to quadruple the number of American military personnel in Eastern and Central Europe. The US government is planning to deploy additional equipment in the region and transfer more soldiers to form a full-fledged tank brigade in the location.

Previously, the USA concluded an agreement with Vilnius and Tallinn that would give American armed forces the freedom to use any military object, including airbases, on the territory of the Baltic states.

In January 2016, American military equipment was transferred to Latvia. Fighting vehicles Stryker, trucks and Humvees arrived shortly after 170 servicemen of the US Army for Operation Atlantic Resolve. These exercises involve the armed forces of the Baltic states, plus Bulgaria and Romania. 

Бронемашины Stryker

IAV Stryker. Photo by: PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP

In summer 2015 NATO organized a whole series of military exercises. Allied Shield was held on the territory of Eastern Europe with participation of nineteen member states and three partner countries. Saber Strike involved Poland and Baltic states. Finally, in the BALTOPS exercises on the Baltic Sea, seventeen states were engaged.

Besides suspicions in preparing an attack on the Baltic states, representatives of NATO and the USA often make anti-Russian statement concerning the conflict in the Middle East. The Russian soldiers are blamed for casualties among innocent citizens, and accused of “occupation” of Syria.

The former Permanent Representative on the Council of NATO, and president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Ivo Daalder estimates this situation as follows: “The probability of escalation is now higher than ever since the 1960s.”

Leonid Ivashov, of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs, takes the similar view:

“Firstly, we should remember that NATO’s foremost goal is to constrain the independent political course and development of Russia. NATO is a tool of war designed to constrain the independence of foreign and domestic policies of different states. Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya were demolished for being too self-sufficient. The coalition attempted to do the same with Egypt and Syria. Nowadays, Russia is beginning to play a unifying anti-Western role on the global political arena. In the Middle East, Russia and Iran are trying to restore the state system. It is cleat that if Russia, Syria and Iran prevail, other countries like Egypt, Iraq and Libya will take our side,” said the expert, adding that the USA, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will lose momentum in case this scenario works.

“There is only one way to stop the unifying activity of the Russian Federation – war. This is why the West is preparing to an open conflict with Russia in Syria. Moreover, the situation in Ukraine, Baltic states and other regions will exacerbate,” Ivashov stressed.

The expert believes that NATO intends to put Russia in a political impasse: if Turkey invades Syria with a large group of ground and air forces, Moscow will have to respond to these actions lest it lose authority and support among other nations. However, in such a case, Ankara will seal the straits for Russian vessels. 

“Announcements of invasion in Syria made by members of NATO serve as a prologue to a massive warfare with Russia,” Ivashov highlighted.

NATO’s antagonism to Russia is observed on two fronts: in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Most statements of the NATO military chiefs on Syria are not anti-Daesh but anti-Russian. The Atlantic alliance only imitates counter-terrorist activity, not really fighting radical Islamist forces. Recently, the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia of provoking tension in the situation around Syria, while Turkish President Recep Erdoğan declared that Russia “had occupied” Syria.

These statements repeat previous accusations by the West of Russian “occupation” of Crimea and “aggression” in Ukraine. NATO has its gun loaded and cocked. Interestingly, there is a Russian aphorism related to dramaturgy that says “if there is a rifle hanging on the wall in the first chapter, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off”.

Translated by Daniil Yakovenko

Оригинальный текст (original)

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