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The Caucasus 2012 exercise passion

20.09.2012 15:07

Fedor Pavlov

In the territory of the Southern Military District on September 17, 2012, the Caucasus 2012 Russian strategic command-staff exercise began. In Western and Georgian media the exercise gave rise to the information influence on the public opinion. One has tried once again to charge Russia with preparation for a military invasion of Georgia.

Thus, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Grigol Vashadze said that the Caucasus 2012 exercise threatens not only Georgia, but, in general, the whole region in terms of stability and security. He also said the previous Russian military exercise in the Caucasus in 2008, which in its scale were much smaller, became a pretext for the war.

Hereupon, the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Russia to transparency in conducting exercises. In an interview to the Euronews he said: "We have nothing against the exercise; we call for transparency, considering it a basis of mutual trust. So, what is the purpose of the exercise?"

The baton was picked up by the Latvijas Avize newspaper that on 19 September published an opinion of a senior defense analyst of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Science, Major General (retired) Karlis Neretnieks. He believes that today there is no military threat to the Baltic countries from Russia, but that can change in the near future. As an example of Russia's "unjustified aggression" the expert cites the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 and calles this event "a turning point in the security system in Europe."

Estonia's Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu has subscribed to the general hysteria; in the Huffington Post newspaper he called the exercise an intervention in the internal affairs of Georgia or even warlike preparations against it.

These statements demonstrate the information war the NATO countries and Georgia conduct against Russia (and safely lose, according to Mrs. Clinton's statement). In this case, the double standards of Western politicians and Tbilisi become evident against the background of Georgia's and NATO's actions.

In particular, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov said he has information about Georgia's military activity all around the perimeter of the border with the republic. The Georgian military department is building fortifications in the territory adjacent to Leningor district, and in all border villages the firearms warehouses are established. Despite the fact that another "sabre-rattling" is increasingly part of Saakashvili's electioneering (in Georgia, the parliamentary elections are due on October 1) there is no doubt that Georgia deliberately creates tension in the region.

At the same time, NATO forces themselves conduct large-scale exercises in close proximity to the Russian borders. About 10 thousand servicemen, more than a thousand pieces of military equipment, including various type combat aircrafts, helicopters and ships take part in the Anaconda 2012 tactical exercises of the armed forces of Poland and the United States Maneuvers cover an area of five Polish voivodships: the West Pomeranian, Pomeranian, Lubuskie, Kuyavian-Pomeranian and Wielkopolska Voivodships.

In Latvia, at the Adazi firing ground, the Joint NATO Forces' Stedfast Pinnacle 2012 and Steadfast Pyramid 2012 command-staff exercises are conducted. During the maneuvers the issues are worked out to prepare the NATO Military Authorities key personnel to planning the use of NATO's priority engagement forces in the territory of the Baltic States.

On the background of the NATO forces' actions near the Russian borders, the Western and Georgian politicians' apprehension of the "ulterior objects" of the Russian exercise in the Caucasus is nothing more than a provocation, and fit well into the strategy of information warfare of the NATO countries against Russia. So it might be worth for Moscow too to ask some questions about the suspicious movement of military equipment near the Russian borders?