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Under a specious excuse of peacemaking

04.06.2013 12:05

Alexander Novik

In the Baltic Sea the NATO naval forces exercise under the code name of Baltops 2013 are planned to be held. During the maneuvers, under a specious excuse of solving the problems of peace-making efforts preparation, it is planned to practically train the elements of a classic naval operation in close proximity of the Russian border, which objectively reduces the security of Russia on its western borders.

A characteristic feature of the military and political situation in the Baltic Sea is an intensive operational and combat training of the NATO allied forces aimed at staff and troops (forces) integrated training of forms and methods of their application in military operations, different by nature and scale, with the use of large numbers of troops. In this case, according to experts, the NATO exercises are usually united by a single concept of creating an alliance attack force, its sealift to the territory of the Baltic States and deployment in the designated areas, close to the Russian borders.

Often these exercises are accompanied by fear mongering in the media of the Baltic States and Poland, among the population due to the "threat from the East", i.e. from the Russian Federation. NATO troops (forces) exercise at the Russian borders objectively impairs Russia's safety on its western borders, and requires close attention.

A convincing proof of the above said is the planned in June, annual naval manoevres code-named BALTOPS 2013. The most important notability of the upcoming exercise is its large scale. Altogether, it will involve 32 surface vessels and two submarines, 20 aircraft and helicopters of NATO tactical and anti-submarine aircraft.

The question naturally arises: what is this peacekeeping operation in the Baltic Sea which is planned to be trained during maneuvers involving such a large number of forces and against whom may it be directed? The question is, of course, rhetorical.

It is noteworthy that the Exercise Baltic Operations 2013 will be held on a single operational background and at the same time with NATO's armed forces Saber Strike 2013, which will be a logical follow-up of the started in 2012 inspection of management of the NATO forces deployment by sea and their tactical employment in the Baltic States.

The Saber Strike 2013 exercise will involve more than 1 thousand 200 people from the armed forces of the U.S., Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, the German- Danish-Polish Corps and NATO experts.

During the exercise it is planned to work out of planning and conduct of operations on the territory of Lithuania and Estonia. At the same time it is planned to conduct in the territory of Latvia a tactical field exercise involving ground units and special operations forces of the armed forces of the member countries, with the support of the U.S. Air Force attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt in the European zone from the Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Aside from that, under the plan of the exercise, in the territory of Estonia it is planned to deploy the German-Danish-Polish direct-action corps headquarters, NATO allied forces.

Thus, during the BALTOPS 2013 and Saber Strike 2013 exercises, under a specious excuse of solving the problems of peace-making efforts preparation, it is planned to train in the European TMO the elements of operation with the U.S. and NATO troops shift in the territory of the Baltic States and their deployment in designated areas in close proximity to the Russian borders.

In general, assessing the composition of the exercise participants and orientation, it can be assumed that the U.S. and NATO military-political leadership, in case of deterioration of the military-political situation, regards the Baltic maritime zone as the area of formation of a powerful attack force to conduct eastward operations, and currenly actions under this scenario are being trained, both at sea and ashore.

Analysis of the upcoming exercise, its design implication encourage to think about the world we live in, who is around us and what is worth of the U.S.' and NATO's assurances of partnership with Russia. Everything that happens confirms with renewed vigour the relevance of Russia's proposals to create in Europe a new security system based on the principles of equal security for all European countries.