From Israeli News LiveRussia 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.
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
PUTIN'S COLD WAR HOTS UP As Vladimir Putin sends 330,000 troops to the EU border, experts reveal just how much of a threat Russian president is to Europe
Foreign policy expert, military historian and retired general have their say on how the threat from Putin is easily manageable
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.
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.