In recent months, and even years, one of the leading narratives in MSM and in the rhetoric of Western diplomats has been the so-called “Russian threat.” It is used as justification for a variety of questionable actions, most notably the Washington-led establishment in the face of NATO and its partner states carrying out preparations for an agressive war against the Russian state.
A wide-scale military buildup is ongoing in Central and Eastern Europe.
Most recently, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravecki announced that the US troops deployment in Poland would be increased more than tenfold, thus the current 4,500 soldiers are reportedly about to turn into 45,000 soldiers.
This announcement followed a Washington-Warsaw agreement from summer 2019 which outlined a supposed increase of only 1,000 soldiers on top of the 4,500 already present there.
In addition, the command of the US troops on the NATO eastern flank would be moved closer to the “frontline” – to Poland, from Germany.
“This means that from Poznan, the American commander, the general, will lead the American forces, both in Poland and in our part of Europe, that is, on the eastern flank,” said Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.
According to him, “this means that there will be a high-ranking military institute in Poland.”
“The American forces will be commanded not from Germany, as until now, but from Poland,” he added.
Currently, the US has 60,000 troops throughout Europe, with the biggest deployment being in Ramstein base, Germany, where nuclear warheads are stored. It is the stronghold of the US Air Forces in Europe, as well as the NATO command. About 15 thousand military men serve there and almost 30 thousand civilian specialists work at the base.
If Poland receives approximately 40,000 more troops, if the claim by the Polish Prime Minister is true, that would almost double the US presence in Europe. Poland would contain the largest US deployment on the continent.
The US in April and May 2019, signed defense-cooperation agreements with Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
According to the US Department of Defense release, areas of cooperation include “capability development and defense-related aid, training exercises, cyber defense, the Estonian Defense League, training areas and host nation support.”
Since August 2019, the US has deployed 3 B-2 Spirit Strategic Bombers to the UK.
A press release issued by US European Command (EUCOM) said:
“A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft, Airman and support equipment from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., have arrived in the US European Command area of responsibility for a deployment to conduct theatre integration and flying training. The aircraft will operate out of RAF Fairford, England.”
The Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense, which could easily be repurposed to launch Tomahawk missiles underwent scheduled maintenance is now back and operational in Romania.
In late October 2019, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters arrived at the Illesheim Army Airfield, Germany. They arrived as part of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade nine-month rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve.
Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to collective European security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and other European partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability throughout Europe. The current 4,500 troops deployment in Poland is part of Atlantic Resolve.
In addition, 2020 promises some massive deployments, which are reportedly going to be just temporary. However, we know that there is nothing more permanent than temporary.
As part of the Defender 2020 exercise, which is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020 and last until August, approximately 20,000 troops will be deployed from the US to Europe.
The force deploying from the U.S. mainland will be the equivalent of a heavy division, according to Brig. Gen. Sean Bernabe, G-3 for U.S. Army Europe.
The major participating units include soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Armored Division, 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne Division.
“The 1st Cavalry Division will serve as the primary training audience for both a command post exercise and a live wet-gap crossing taking place in Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in northwestern Poland,” Bernabe said. “The 82nd Airborne Division will provide the command and control for three joint forcible entries.”
US soldiers and equipment will land at airports across Europe and seaports in Antwerp, Belgium; Vlissingen, Netherlands; Bremerhaven, Germany and Paldiski, Estonia. From there, heavy equipment, including about 480 tracked vehicles, will be moved by rail.
Additionally, 14 sets of M1A2 Abrams battle tanks will ship in with new Trophy active defense systems, Bernabe said.
About 9,000 U.S. troops stationed in Europe will be participating, as well as 8,000 European troops, bringing the total participants to 37,000.
“It features a fictional near-peer competitor and actually puts that competitor on European terrain to allow us to get some good repetitions in large-scale ground combat,” Bernabe said. “The scenario will be set in a post-Article V environment … and it’s actually going to be set in the year 2028.”
Propaganda efforts also seem to be unrelenting.
There are numerous reports, especially in recent months of mysterious Russian submarines in Norwegian national waters. These reports were used as a sort of justification to introduce a change in policy, that would allow NATO’s nuclear submarines to port in Norway, of course, to defend it from these alleged Russian submarines.
In addition, mainstream media outlets argued Russian special forces were allegedly operating in some clandestine operations throughout Norway, but there appears to be no concrete evidence except Instagram speculations.
And if that wasn’t enough “Russian military whales” were allegedly harassing Norwegian fishermen.
Sweden continuously accuses Russia of violating its airspace, despite the only countries actually violating Swedish airspace are the NATO states, and Stockholm is not a NATO member country.
And the “Russian threat” narrative has been spread by Sweden for a while now, since approximately 1981 now and not just in recent months.
“We maintain regular contacts with our Swedish partners, via diplomatic channels, on stability and security matters in the Baltic Sea region. We consistently note our readiness to discuss any concerns on the part of our neighbours. We are confident that there are no military threats requiring a military solution in the Nordic Baltic region,” Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second European Department Sergey Belyaev said.
Another point of the propaganda campaign is the Northern Sea Route, similarly to the Norwegian fearmongering reports. They all allege that Russia, in conjunction with China has “evil plans” to abuse the Northern Sea Route and prohibit any other country from using it.
Simultaneously with the propaganda, at the diplomatic field there are preparations on an “official level” for the possible aggression.
The most recent of these claims is the one by Estonian Parliament Speaker Henn Polluaas and Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu who said that Tallinn would like to reclaim annexed by Russia in accordance with the 1920 Tartu Peace Treaty.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson unequivocally said that such a scenario wasn’t possible and that Russia regrets that the Estonian authorities, instead of looking for ways to normalize relations with Russia, are rather looking for “provocative and absurd statements.”
On November 18th, Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Second European Department Sergey Belyaev gave an interview to Rossiya Segodnya, in which he elaborated further on the situation.
He underlined that Russia was complying to all requirements for a land and sea border treaties with Estonia, but Tallinn would always introduce additional steps that were unacceptable for Moscow and it would do it after certain agreements were reached.
“The entry into force of land and sea border treaties would certainly have a positive impact on relations between Russia and Estonia. Bilateral relations are now far from their best due to the hostile line pursued by Tallinn. Moreover, the ball is not in our court, as they say. When signing the documents with Estonia in 2014, an understanding was reached on the absence of territorial claims between the two states and the need to ensure a normal non-confrontational atmosphere for the ratification of the border treaties.”
At the same time, Estonia makes territorial claims as the above-mentioned and makes little effort to attempt and normalize relations, Belyaev said.
“In 2005, a package of border treaties was signed, but Russia had to withdraw precisely because the Estonian parliament added a number of political clauses to the law on ratification, referring to the Tartu Peace Treaty, which is inactive and implies territorial claims against the Russian Federation.”
But Belyaev said that Russia expected Estonia to comply with the ratification process and there to be no issues, and no repeat of the situation in 2005. But that the Estonian parliament was “in no hurry” to ratify them. More similar claims may arise in the near future, to be used as justification of more buildup and potential aggression.
The US and other Western states, as well as international corporations, are openly meddling into Russia’s domestic policy.
According to the chairman of the Federation Council’s temporary commission for the protection of state sovereignty and prevention of interference in Russia’s internal affairs, Andrei Klimov, foreign forces used YouTube video hosting during the August 10 rally on Moscow’s Sakharov Avenue in order to manipulate Russian citizens.
“Simply speaking, people started receiving on their gadgets information from the sources, for which they had never signed up,” the senator said.
He added that the provided information was of instigative nature, encouraging citizens to violate law by sending them to protected federal facilities. Klimov recalled that on August 8, the temporary commission for the protection of state sovereignty and prevention of interference in Russia’s internal affairs cited the facts of blatant and illegal foreign meddling in Russia’s sovereign affairs in connection with the election to the Moscow City Duma.
Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic States and some states of Northern Europe have already become a foothold for various propaganda organizations working to destabilize the situation inside Russia. The US and NATO are also intensifying their military buildup in these particular countries, located close to the Russian border.
At the same time, foreign embassies in Russia are not shy to publicly encourage and support any anti-government protests. Western intelligence agencies have been steadily working to set conditions for the dissolution of Russia in the event of a wider crisis that may erupt in the even of some internal distabiliation or a foreign intervention.
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