The U.S. and its allies’ move to deploy a significant number of troops and heavy military equipment onto Russia’s borders indicates that the West is preparing for a war with Russia, according to an American political analyst and journalist.
“They [Washington and its allies] are clearly preparing to fight a war with Russia, and they are not only preparing to fight it at the old battle lines, but at Russia’s door, while they talk about Russia provoking,” Don DeBar, the political analyst, said during an interview with Press TV on Thursday.
The analyst’s comments come after the U.S. announced plans to deploy 4,000 troops close to Russia’s borders while Russia conducts its military operations in Syria, bombing U.S.-backed rebels.
On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that some 4,000 NATO combat troops will be stationed in countries bordering Russia. In Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, there will be roughly 800 to 1,000 soldiers stationed amid the coldest tensions between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War. The move has a high chance to escalate the risk of a war in Europe and a military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear powers: the U.S. and Russia.
According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. officials familiar with the deployment of the 4,000 NATO troops close to Russia’s borders say the move is supposed to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that NATO’s active presence of military forces is at his country’s door and that NATO troops are watching his every move, ready to respond.
“It is a very bad sign, people do not generally place their army at your door unless they plan to fight a war with you,” DeBar said.
NATO vs. Russia war will be the end of humanity
“The problem is that most people in the country here [the U.S.] have no idea that this is going on,” DeBar noted. The analyst also added that the American media intentionally ignores reports that “there is this army deployed to Russia’s borders with material and manpower.” A war involving NATO, the U.S. and Russia “would probably spell, if not the end of humanity, the end of any possibility of a comfortable future for humanity,” the analyst concluded.
The U.S. and its allies accuse Russia of bombing U.S.-backed rebels in Syria, while Moscow denies the accusations, claiming that the only targets of its airstrikes are ISIS militants operating in Syria and Iraq. There is also a high risk of China joining Russia against the U.S. and its allies in the case of a military confrontation. As ValueWalk reported on Wednesday citing American geostrategists, the U.S. underestimates the power of a China-Russia alliance.
Sweden and Finland’s military team up to counter Putin’s threat
Another alarming report on Thursday indicates that two NATO-backed European countries close to Russia’s borders are combining their military efforts in order to counter the Russian threat in the region. In what is believed to be a yet another provocation, the Swedish government announced on Thursday that it will create a joint naval battle group with Finnish Defense Forces, as reported by Business Insider.
Both of the countries are eager to join NATO. Finland borders Russia to its northeast, while Sweden has experienced what it’s like to have its territory violated by Russian military. A Russian submarine was believed to have been spotted in Swedish waters in October 2014.
The new task force, which is called the Swedish Finnish Naval Task Force (SFNTG), will be a cost-effective way for two countries which aspire to get NATO membership to conduct joint military drills and response operations in the Arctic and the surrounding regions. The SFNTG will include troops trained to operate under the region’s extreme climate conditions, as reported by Defense News. The force will also “conduct sea surveillance, exercises and include combined units,” according to the website. “It would share infrastructure and be able to transfer operational control of units between the Swedish and Finnish navies.”
According to Swedish media, the new battle group will be interacting with NATO units and the military forces of NATO countries, which presents the additional risk of unleashing a war between NATO and Russia since both Sweden and Finland aspire to join NATO. Sweden is also reportedly in talks with Finland and Denmark to be able to station naval units in the countries’ home ports during peacetime.
NATO is conducting its largest military drills in over a decade
Meanwhile, NATO is conducting its largest military exercises in more than a decade, a move that is also seen as a provocation and at the same time a response to Putin’s aggressive moves in Eastern Europe and Syria. All four branches of the U.S. military are participating in the drills.
The drills, which are called the Trident Juncture 2015, include 36,000 personnel from more than 30 nations, including the U.S. The military drills are taking place in Spain, Portugal and Italy but will also include areas in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada. The last time NATO held military drills of that scale was in 2002.
Some 5,000 American troops from all branches of the U.S. armed forces will take part in Trident Juncture 2015. The drills began on Oct. 19 and will run through Nov. 6. NATO already completed the Command Post Exercise drills on Oct. 16 in an attempt to beef up coordination and cooperation among the Alliance’s military leaders.
“Exercises such as these help ensure the agility and readiness to execute real-world missions with other nations at a moment’s notice and as a complex and dynamic global environment may dictate,” said Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, according to Air Force Times. “Trident Juncture 15 provides an opportunity to work with Allies and partners while enhancing collective capabilities. At the same time, it signals a strong and collective commitment to ensuring regional stability.”
The drills will also allow NATO and its allies to prepare for rapid deployment of military troops to counter any crisis in or around Europe, U.S. Ambassador and NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said at the Trident Juncture’s opening ceremonies.