With NATO forces currently carrying out a major series of wargames in the Baltic member states along Russia’s border, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg today complained Russia is carrying out to many wargames, and not telling NATO enough about them.
“It is important that we keep the channels for military communication open to have as much transparency as possible to avoid misunderstandings,” Stoltenberg insisted.
While conceding Russia has a right to conduct military exercises “within their international obligations,” NATO’s secretary general went on to warn that Russia was contributing to instability in the region by holding them.
NATO cut back its diplomatic ties with the Russian Federation in early 2014 to protest the accession of the Crimean Peninsula to the federation after it seceded from Ukraine. Russia, it seems have also cut back its own communications with NATO about its exercises.
9 thoughts on “Amid NATO Wargames, NATO Chief Complains About Russian Wargames”
NATO fidgets, struts and hectors as if it was dealing with Russia one-to-one. Sorry, NATO is unable to stand up against a conventional Russian attack and its command structure is not even in its hands but basically rests with the Pentagon. NATO does well to rant and accuse the Russians of ¨invasion and of ¨destabilizing the region¨ by doing the same they are doing. It seems to be the only thing it does well-as Breedlove demonstrates every time he spews some ¨new fact¨.Has the level of idiocy in political parlance just increased? As for stating the Russians ought to ¨now being more transparent¨ the NATO ¨chief¨ was playing to the gallery, no more; the time for t6hat is long past.
Putin must really be in deep trouble if his supporters are claiming that his rickety, cold war-era army of unwilling conscripts and incompetent officers could stand up to hightech US/NATO forces! If Putin believed that, he'd have invaded Ukraine (and the Baltic republics!) long ago. Most likely, the conscripts would grab the first opportunity to surrender.
I would suggest that there is broader information in your hold before making a comment. If the conscripts were indeed a bunch of mollycoddled Westerners, no doubt they would turn and run. We can see the eagerness brimming in NATO troops, who probably are scared blue of having to go into action. That will be consequence of pushing Russia further. And ´ramshackle armies¨ are just as deadly if you stand in their path. But, of course, decision makers are far away and so far safe.
Again, the irrelevancy of NATO is more and more obvious.
The logical consequence of which is that the EU is now the only game in town. Who would have thought that that would be the result of Victoria Nuland's blundering?
The difference is that no NATO member has annexed the territory of a country covered by the Helsinki Final Act. Putin has.
Which country would that be? (Hint: It's not Ukraine, which is neither signatory to, nor even existed as of the creation of, the Helsinki Final Act)
When you can fund insurrections, and install Quisiling-type leaders, who needs military invasions to overthrow democratically elected leaders?
NAto has a lot of humor.first they break their relations with Russia and than they declared that they do not have info about what Russia is doying.Very logic…
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