Russian experts commented on the statement of the British General about the inability of NATO to repel an attack of Russian troops
“During the Cold War, the NATO commander in Europe could draw up a plan to repel aggression and mobilize all forces. But after the collapse of the USSR, they left such planning. As a result, in the event of an attack by Russia, after a part of Europe is occupied, the council of 28 participants will discuss for a long time what to do, ”the general said. Free Press.
In addition, Barrons noted that the NATO contingent in Poland and the Baltic states does not have the necessary firepower and, of course, will not be able to resist the Russian troops.
"In my opinion, this is an indicator that in the present period stories many have forgotten what an effective army should be and what is required for it. They believe that the deployment of light infantry will be enough, but this is not the case, ”said the ex-commander.
Leading expert at the Center for Military-Political Studies MGIMO Mikhail Alexandrov: “The British general realistically assesses the situation, NATO really cannot quickly transfer troops to Eastern Europe. The inability of the alliance to act in Eastern Europe was laid initially, at the time of Poland and the Baltic states joining NATO. In Eastern Europe was the infrastructure of the Warsaw Pact, not NATO. And this infrastructure gradually decomposed, collapsed. The armed forces of these states are degraded. In the Baltics, there were no troops at all; it was part of the Soviet Union. Our troops left, and there was nothing left.
The only more or less strong army can be considered Polish, it can expose up to one hundred thousand people. But on aviation they are weak, the Poles do not have modern electronic warfare systems, modern high-precision weapons... Even if Poland deploys a large grouping, it will not be able to resist the Russian authorities. It will turn out to be something like 1939, when the Poles boldly rushed into cavalry attacks against tank columns. In two weeks nothing was left of them. And here the same option is possible, if we think hypothetically.
And the British general says that in such a situation something needs to be done. But you can do it in different ways. You can simply agree on the normalization of relations with Russia, to conclude an agreement in the field of security and arms control. Then everything will be fine.
But NATO wants to dictate its terms to Russia. At the same time, in the present conditions, the alliance has no opportunities for this. If an escalation of the conflict occurs somewhere, a clash of Russian and American troops occurs, we will inevitably bring troops into the Baltic States. The cost of such an operation will be insignificant, even taking into account the six thousand NATO military forces stationed there. So the alliance will have to pay a high price for colliding with Russia, say, in Transnistria.
This is a pitiable situation for NATO. They understand this and are therefore nervous. ”
"SP": How capable is the NATO structure itself?
Alexandrov: “NATO is irrelevant from 1990, when the Warsaw Pact was dissolved, and then the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Russia suggested jointly thinking about collective security in order to save military spending. Moreover, no one thought about redrawing the borders in Europe, and there was no threat to anyone. But it all started with the fact that NATO began to move to the East. Then the alliance began to divide Yugoslavia. And in the end, NATO invaded the territory of the post-Soviet space, creating a threat to Russia.
Instead of creating a new security system in Europe based on equality of rights, the West chose a different path. The West needs dictation over the whole world. And he began to aggressively promote their policies. Only, as it turned out, aggressive actions are not backed by real strength. Western policy held on the fact that Russia voluntarily gave up its position. As soon as it stopped, as soon as our elite realized the fatality of such a path, it immediately became clear that NATO had no military power to confront us.
The alliance now does not know what to do. They are sharpened for confrontation, ideological confrontation. But the West cannot carry out its claims of military domination. Economic sanctions do not act as expected. In the same way, the West cannot cope with China, or with India, or even with Iran.
NATO is really at an impasse. From here and all throwing inside the alliance. They have the only way out - to negotiate with us, to think about the joint provision of security in Europe. ”
Vice-President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sokolov answers the question of the publication “how to understand the words that the NATO group in Poland and the Baltic states does not have sufficient firepower?”: “The general says absolutely correct. But the stationed troops in the Baltic States and Poland are, in fact, police forces. These are forces that take control of the territory, but do not reflect a blow from the outside or do not attack others. The general understands perfectly well that stationed troops must keep control of their own territory.
Take, for example, the situation in Ukraine. On the Maidan, law enforcement agencies did not know what order to execute, and politicians were afraid to give it. And if there is some external force that obeys orders from the outside, even one battalion, then it can instantly restore order.
The Baltic States have always been a “showcase” of the USSR, where they even had their own academy of sciences, creative unions of writers and artists. Now the Baltic states are in the most terrible degradation. In many areas, production is ruined, agriculture also does not flourish. The Baltic countries have already lost up to a quarter of their population. In the near future, there may be a manifestation of discontent. The armed forces of NATO, who are there, guarantee the establishment of order. "
- AP / TASS
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