Russia and NATO preparing for war


War between Russia and the NATO alliance should be unthinkable but a European think tank says both sides are preparing for it.

The Financial Times reports that the European Leadership Network which comprises former military figures, politicians and policymakers is presenting an analysis of recent military exercises by the two blocs that indicates each side is “preparing for the worst”.

The analysis is based on its observations of  the two biggest military war games this year — Nato’s Allied Shield exercises and Russia’s “snap” drills — to assess dispositions and strategic thinking on both sides.

In March 2015, Russian conducted “snap exercises” that saw 80,000 troops engaged in long-range deployments and simulate combat on a scale that made the United States or Nato the only possibly adversary.

Nato’s exercise “Allied Shield,” in June this year, saw 15,000 allied troops engaged in a series of mock operations including response to a Crimea-style infiltration of irregular forces.

Now officially, both exercises are supposed to have hypothetical opponents in mind but “the nature and scale of the operations indicate otherwise”, says the ELN report

“Each side is clearly training with the other side’s capabilities and war plans in mind.”

“Whilst spokespeople may maintain that these operations are targeted against hypothetical opponents, the nature and scale of them indicate otherwise: Russia is preparing for a conflict with NATO and NATO is preparing for a possible confrontation with Russia.”


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