Thursday, 3 November 2016

Sergei Shoigu talks to colleagues about aggressive moves of NATO on Russian border

From Israeli News Live
Russia Moves into Survival Mode

Russia has very few allys in the World, and they plan as if there is no one that would come to their aide. Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu spoke to colleagues about the aggressive offensive move of NATO on its Western Border. And Russia keeps with years of tradition in training 200,000 youngsters how to survive and battle at the same time.


Belarus: US is undermining 'strategic stability' - Russian Defence Minister Shoigu


Andrei Ravkov, Defence Minister of Belarus (Russian): "In September 2017, joint strategic drills of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces, called West-2017, are scheduled on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The drills will be next year's main event within joint training for command and control organisations and troops. They will also provide further improvement of the existing safety-related system for the Union State."

Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister (Russian): "A high level of bilateral cooperation and coordinated positions on key issues of global and regional stability, can successfully help resolve issues related to the strengthening of the defence capability of the Union State. This approach is especially relevant at a time when international mechanisms, aimed at resolving crisis situations, falter, and the hotbeds of tension came close to our borders. On the Western borders of the Union State, the USA and other NATO members are actively building up their offensive potential by opening new bases and by developing military infrastructure. The attempts to impose its will on other countries through economic and political dictatorship and military force are not stopping. The open information war is ongoing. These actions undermine strategic stability and force Russia to take counter defensive measures, including in the western strategic direction."

Berliner Morgenpost: Россия наращивает военное присутствие на западных границах

"Russia intends to convert its western border. Strengthening border is a reaction to NATO's intention to redeploy additional troops to the west. Russia also threatens to increase the presence of troops on its western border to about 30 thousand people in response to the increase in the number of NATO troops in Eastern Europe ", - writes the German edition.

The publication reports on Sergei Shoigu statement in Minsk that NATO countries with the support of the United States are actively expanding their capacity on the borders of the Russian-Belarusian Union.

"These actions undermine strategic stability in the region and forced Russia to take retaliatory measures to protect its western flank" - quoted Shoigu BM.

In response to the Russian threat to NATO countries send 4,000 soldiers in the Baltic countries and in Poland. The United States will not allow Russia to impose their political and economic will of the region, the VM writes.

More from Israeli News Live

Russia Says NATO built up Offensive Force on its Borders

NATO claims that Russia has some 330,000 troops on lined up on Europe's Borders while Russia is claiming that NATO is building up an offensive Force and its Borders.


From Britain's warmongering tabloid press

Foreign policy expert, military historian and retired general have their say on how the threat from Putin is easily manageable

graphic putin and forces

THE spectre of war in Europe has become all too real as Britain sends planes, tanks and troops east to counter the threat from Russia.

Nato believes that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has amassed 330,000 troops along the border to the EU and its allies.

While some politicians think the Russian leader is only sabre rattling, others believe we need to take the build-up very seriously.

Here Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform think tank, military historian Professor Mark Almond and retired General Mike Jackson have their say.

YOU have to see Russia as a threat because their military doctrine is clear – they see Nato as their main opponent – and they are exercising in ways which are quite aggressive.

In 2009 they carried out a military exercise which included a simulated nuclear strike on the Polish capital Warsaw.

That is threatening and you can’t bury your head in the sand and say nothing has changed. From Putin’s point of view the ideal situation is that you intimidate Nato countries so much you can ask for anything and get it without having to use force.

A lot of the talk about 330,000 troops amassed along Europe’s borders is intended to make our politicians say we must give Putin what he wants at any cost.

For example, Putin might ask for Nato to move its forces 100 miles back from Russia’s border. If you show that you are not prepared to go down that road, then you are less likely to end up with a serious miscalculation by Russia.

Nato wouldn’t be a pushover in a war and Putin would be wrong to think we would be.

Britain and the French have capable military forces, while Germany, Poland and Turkey also have considerable forces.

None of these countries would be so militarily overwhelmed by Russia that the US wouldn’t be able to get there quickly enough.

Britain has a capable military force… so do plenty of our allies who would be a match for Russia
He has shown that he is a risk taker, but I think he is a calculated risk taker.

He didn’t move in to Ukraine when it was united, he waited until a new government was being formed and he was able to add to that uncertainty.

He is not crazy. The people who win in poker games aren’t the ones who risk everything on everything.

They are the ones who look at the odds, look at how they can make their opponents think they have a stronger hand than they do . . . and then strike.

Putin is much more in that mode than “roll the dice and see what turns up”.

He’s not about to roll the dice and see what happens on any other invasion, and Nato can ensure his neighbours are safe if they play their cards right

All the talk of Russia’s readiness for war is to make nervous Western politicians say: “Gosh, we should make plenty of concessions to the Russians because they are obviously very angry.”
Russians brandishing weapons do have a frightening effect on some Europeans.

But we should be resolute rather than be frightened. There is a threat there as there was during the Cold War.

The way we responded to that threat was not by making concessions, but by standing firm and letting the Russians know that if they try anything they will get a very bloody nose.

From RT

The US and NATO are building up their offensive capabilities on the Western borders of Russia and its ally Belarus, prompting Moscow to take reciprocal measures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told the two countries’ top military brass.

Those actions undermine strategic stability and are forcing Russia to take reciprocal defensive measures, including some in the Western theatre,” the defense minister said.

NATO “has not abandoned attempts to dictate its will to other countries through economic and political means, as well as by military force,” he said, noting that “an information war is in full swing.”

Confronted with a complex security environment, Russia and Belarus will join forces to strengthen their mutual security, Shoigu dded.

Advanced bilateral cooperation and a common stance on major global and regional security challenges allow us to successfully tackle strengthening our defense capabilities,” he stressed, adding that this approach appears to be necessary at this point, “as internaional crisis response mechanisms have stalled, while hotspots are already near our borders.”

In order to address the security challenges, Russia is now supplying state-of-the-art armaments and weapons systems to the army units guarding the Western borders, as well as ramping up combat training for the troops, the Defense Minister said.

Russian and Belarusian militaries are constantly working on improving their interoperability and the capacity to act in large troops formations, he dded.

The remarks come amid NATO’s biggest military buildup in Eastern Europe since the Cold War. The deployment will see up to 4,000 troops deployed in the Baltic countries and Poland, in addition to the more than 1,000 soldiers already stationed there on a “rotational basis.”

A German-led battalion will deploy in Lithuania, the US will send troops to Poland, Canada is expected to station troops in Latvia, and the UK will deploy an 800-strong battle group in Estonia.

British Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon claimed in a bellicose op-ed appearing in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that Europe“is our continent” and, as such, it will be defended by a “fully combat-capable” force.

Earlier this year, NATO staged several multinational war games, the largest of which was Anaconda 2016. Those exercises saw more than 31,000 personnel from 24 NATO and ‘partner’ countries taking part, reportedly in order to develop their capacity to “deploy, mass and sustain combat power” against a near-peer adversary.

In June, Ukraine, a non-NATO state, hosted the Rapid Trident 2016 exercise, which featured over 1,800 soldiers from 14 countries, along with dozens of combat vehicles, aircraft, and heavy weaponry. That drill was said to be the largest multinational war games ever to be held in Ukraine.

Most recently, 680 troops from 32 NATO and non-NATO states, including Georgia, Albania, Israel and Ukraine, took part in war games called Crna Gora 2016 in the Balkan country of Montenegro, where they trained for “disaster relief operations” in a series of joint exercises.

Moscow has consistently warned that the buildup does nothing to improve European security and is nothing but a“projection of force.”

NATO members “are fulfilling their confrontational schemes of military planning and military preparations in the territories along our borders,” Russia’s envoy to NATO, Aleksandr Grushko, said on Monday.

So, a question arises: What’s next? A new wave of NATO speculation about a ‘Russian threat’ and a new arms race?” the diplomat added. “We believe this is a road to nowhere.”

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