continues to surround Russia with “a belt of hostility” and
brings more and more manpower and military equipment into Eastern
Europe. Today the European press reported on NATO plans to place
nearly a thousand soldiers in Eastern Europe and the Baltic
countries. The official reason is the same as that for the UK plans
to send five war ships to the Baltic - a deterrence of the notorious
to The Guardian, such a decision of the UK authorities is a more
harsh answer to the policy of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said that it was the first
time since 2010 that London contributed to the permanent NATO naval
growing presence of NATO is a clear message to our enemies that we
are ready to respond to any threat and protect our allies. In 2016 we
will significantly focus on the Baltic region,’ he said.
for NATO land forces, according to The Telegraph, during the meeting
of NATO member countries’ foreign ministers there was discussed
placing battalions of 500-1,000 men in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.
bulk of the group should consist of soldiers from the US, UK and
Germany to make it clear to Russia that any intervention “by the
Ukrainian scenario” will cause an immediate reaction from the West
military forces will be deployed in the eastern part of Europe on a
rotating basis. The special units will be equipped with missiles
“ground-to-air”, helicopters and attack aircraft.
general outlines of the plan may be agreed by NATO this week, other
details will be discussed later.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that the
alliance strengthened its presence on the eastern borders of NATO
member countries to meet the new challenges, the strengthening of
‘Russia’s aggressive intentions’ among them.
point out that in case of a hypothetical war these forces are highly
unlikely to be able to repel the full invasion and “protect” US
satellites. In this regard, the most likely purpose of these forces
is using them as the vanguard of the invasion mobile forces.