Unwanted guests at the borders of Russia and Belarus
In the North Atlantic Alliance, a new plan will soon be adopted, aimed at increasing the readiness of the armed forces of the member countries of the bloc to conduct combat operations in Europe. The project was developed and prepared by the Pentagon, after which it was discussed at a meeting of NATO defense ministers.
The plan is called "Four Thirties" ("Four to 30"). It provides for the presence by 2020 in the NATO structure of 30 mechanized infantry battalions, 30 aviation squadrons and 30 warships, ready for use within 30 days.
This formation should be an addition to the rapid reaction forces and the joint operational group of high alert NATO. In total, there are more than 30 thousands of people in their ranks who must be able to quickly turn around and fight for 48 hours from the moment they receive the order.
Thus, in a year, the North Atlantic Alliance will have an army at the borders of Belarus and Russia. Moreover, this formation will be supported by more than 500 airplanes and helicopters, as well as almost 50 surface ships and submarines.
To this end, the construction of an appropriate military infrastructure has already begun. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the funds for the project will depend on the volume of allocated forces and funds of each country of the alliance. By the way, Poland has already declared its readiness to bear part of the costs associated with the possible deployment of an American armored division on its territory. Although there are no prerequisites for this. After all, the increase in the number of Belarusian armed forces near the borders of Poland (and especially Russian), requiring the permanent deployment of the American division in this country (it is necessary to recall the formation of a new Polish division in the east of the country) is not observed.
The permanent presence of US troops, according to the convictions of Western commanders and politicians, would contribute to the reliable protection of the so-called Suwalki corridor, where American troops must resist some kind of Russian threat, and from Belarus.
Obviously, the arguments in favor of locating Americans are far-fetched, since there are no Russian military units in Belarus, which simply wouldn’t be concealed with the current level of intelligence. In addition, Alexander Lukashenko has repeatedly stated that Russian troops may appear in the country (except for a temporary presence at the exercises) only in the event of an attack on the Union State or in the case of an immediate threat of such an attack.
However, in the case of a permanent deployment of troops in Poland, from the Russian and Belarusian sides, counter-actions will follow. This is due to the fact that it will be necessary to level the imbalance of forces and means.
Unfortunately, the White House, using various methods, continues to impose its policy on countries that have unrealized ambitions and invented resentment at Russia as the successor of the USSR. The desire to shake up the situation in the region, to influence the quiet and peaceful life of the citizens of Eastern Europe outweighs the balance, where on the other hand is a huge number of internal problems, ranging from a huge external debt to the absence of the very vaunted democracy in their own countries.
The fact that Belarus can reconsider its position regarding the deployment of a base of Russian troops on its territory, if, for example, Warsaw does deploy the American contingent, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said recently during his visit to Brussels.
Apparently, it was not without reason that a meeting of the Belarusian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on military-technical cooperation was held in early June in Minsk. Within its framework, there was a meeting of the chairman of the GVPK of Belarus Oleg Dvigalev with the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia Dmitry Shugayev, during which the parties noted the high level of cooperation achieved and confirmed their mutual interest in the further development of military-technical cooperation between the countries.
Oleg Dvigalev stated that the implementation of the Treaty between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on the development of military-technical cooperation made it possible to significantly increase the efficiency of supplies of modern military equipment in the interests of the armed forces of the two countries and build effective cooperation chains between defense enterprises.
A few days later, on June 19, a meeting of Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin was held at the meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State, which was held for more than two hours in a narrow format, which was not allowed to journalists.
During the bilateral negotiations, a wide list of issues relating to foreign policy, defense and security within the framework of the Union State was discussed.
In any case, the buildup of US and NATO troops in Eastern Europe in no way contributes to security and stability on the continent and will continue to draw the states of the region into a further arms race with unpredictable consequences.
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