The NATO’s exercises are preparations for a large-scale conflict, Russia said

MOSCOW, (BM) – Scenarios of NATO’s intense military exercises point to the Alliance’s targeted preparations for a large-scale military conflict. This was stated by the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov during a speech to the military attachés of foreign states on December 17.

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According to him, in the doctrinal documents of Brussels Russia was assigned the status of an adversary, and during the alliance summit in December, it was noted that the efficiency of the transfer of reinforcing forces to the “eastern flank” has grown significantly.

The head of the General Staff indicated that since 2016, NATO members have increased defense spending by $ 130 billion, while by 2024 this figure could increase by $ 400 billion. To ensure dominance, it was also decided to recognize outer space as a separate sphere of warfare on a par with land, maritime, air and cyberspace, RIA Novosti writes with reference to the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

According to Gerasimov, the work to deploy the US missile defense system in Europe, including Poland, the Baltic countries, as well as in the Baltic and Black Seas, and the increased intensity of the bloc’s military exercises indicate NATO’s targeted preparation for the deployment of its troops in a large-scale military conflict.

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At the same time, the head of the General Staff noted that it is necessary to continue dialogue with the alliance in order to reduce the risks of dangerous military incidents. Especially against the background of the fact that the Western allies are simultaneously promoting the thesis of the so-called “Russian threat” while increasing NATO activity. This is how any move by Moscow in the field of ensuring its own military security, as well as measures to build a fleet and army, is regarded.

Thus, the actions of the alliance increase tension and reduce the level of security on the line of contact between Russia and NATO. To solve the accumulated problems, it is necessary to resume interaction between Moscow and the alliance.

On November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Russia the main threat to the alliance. According to him, Moscow is becoming more assertive, modernizing nuclear weapons and allegedly violating the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). Moscow noted that the alliance needs to have an “enemy image” in order to justify its existence and increase the military contingent in Eastern Europe near the borders with Russia.

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On December 4, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that Russia is not an enemy of the North Atlantic Alliance.

On December 15, Assistant to the Polish President Krzysztof Schersky in an interview with Reuters noted that Poland was not in favor of exacerbating relations between Russia and the West, as it itself could suffer from this.

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Source: Izvestia