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"West-2013" - exercises against NATO ("Polska Zbrojna", Poland)

"West-2013" - exercises against NATO ("Polska Zbrojna", Poland)Since the middle of the last decade, the strategic exercises of the regional grouping of the troops of Russia and Belarus take place every two years (under the names "West" and "The Fatherland Shield"), and their conduct is announced at least a year. In this sense, "West-2013" was no exception. However, compared with the previous similar maneuvers, the scale of the event was different, as well as the size of the forces attracted to it (12 thousands of Russian military, 10 thousands of Belarusian), means and geographical scope: the exercises were held at the same time at Belarusian test sites and in Russia, as well as maximally shifted to the west.

The 2013 West exercises were an element of a more comprehensive training program for employees of the Western Military District (as part of the West’s joint strategic command). They were connected with the exercises that took place a few days earlier and ended on September 22 in the Pskov and Leningrad regions, and even more (from the point of view of the main direction of both events) - with the maneuvers of the North organized at the same time fleet and troops on the Kola Peninsula.

The exercise scenario consisted in blocking and destroying the forces of a hypothetical adversary, who were called in official reports as bandit formations or terrorists. Meanwhile, the nature of the troops involved, the technology (rocket troops, bombers, large ships), as well as assigned tasks, suggests that this definition hid the regular army of a potential enemy. Particular attention is attracted by episodes involving the military fleet (at the same time in the Baltic and Barents Sea), as well as military units, which worked off the landing of the amphibious assault forces in the Kaliningrad and Murmansk regions (neutralization of the submarine of conventional “terrorists”). You should also highlight episodes with the seizure of settlements and fighting in the conditions of the city (in the Kaliningrad region).

For the Belarusian army, the Zapad-2013 exercise was the largest training event in the last 20 years. They were directly involved in a quarter of the potential of the Belarusian armed forces. Taking into account the low level of financing of the military sphere (about 0,5 billion dollars, for comparison: in 2013, Russian military spending amounted to more than 70 billion, and Poland - more than 9 billion), we can assume that the majority of Belarusian units participated in the exercises. The maneuvers were primarily aimed at checking the integration of the army of Belarus and Russia, as well as at the ability of the first to act in accordance with the standards and within the structures of the armed forces of the Russian Federation (the participation of the Belarusian mobile battalion in the Baltic Fleet naval exercises should be noted).

It should also be noted that since the middle of the past decade, the armed forces of Belarus have been carrying out all exercises above the tactical level only within the framework of the regional grouping of troops, and the overwhelming part of the national maneuvers is aimed at preparing Belarusian units for further joint actions with the Russian army.

The West-2013 exercise took place against the backdrop of the cooling of relations between Russia and the West in connection with the situation in the Middle East and the completion of the process of preparing the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU. This should explain that for the most part unofficial reports (controlled leaks) on the subject of the scenario and the nature of the maneuvers called the main opponents of the regional grouping of troops the forces of the border countries of NATO - Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. If the course of the exercise confirmed the theses on the preparation of Russia and Belarus for a clash with regular armed forces (that is, with NATO forces in the western strategic direction), then there was a leak on the development of actions against aggression incidents by some members of the Alliance (mainly sabotage on their part the territory of Belarus) did not find the actual confirmation. It should be recognized that they were aimed at provoking a negative reaction of NATO countries bordering with Russia and thereby consolidating their image of Russophobes incapable of constructive cooperation. The speeches of representatives of the leadership of the Baltic countries on the exercise confirmed that the provocation was a success.

The deepening of contradictions in NATO (including within individual member countries) is also served by the dual focus of Russian policy. Simultaneously with the exercises "West-2013", the armed forces of the Russian Federation took part in the "Vigilant Heaven" maneuvers (23 - 25 of September) dedicated to countering air terrorism. The Alliance was represented there by Norway, Turkey and Poland. From a military point of view, the coincidence of these events in time with the Russian-Belarusian exercises was intended to divert NATO's attention from the "West", and from the political one - to dispel the Alliance's concerns about the goals of Russian military policy in the European direction. The same goal was pursued by inviting foreign military attaches to visit individual actions in Belarus, as well as international inspectors from Denmark, Lithuania and Norway - in the Kaliningrad region.

The Russian response to the NATO Steadfast jazz exercises, which will be held on the territory of Poland and the Baltic countries in November 2013, can be called the maneuvers of the CSTO “Interaction-2013” collective response forces. More than 600 servicemen from Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan took part in them (at the same time, similar exercises of the CSTO CSTO “CRV-2013” were held in Kyrgyzstan). This event did not have much military significance: it should be interpreted as a political demonstration. However, attention is drawn to the fact that by their nature and the scale of the forces involved (participants sent for maneuvers of the company’s mouth level) these maneuvers echo the upcoming maneuvers of the Alliance (about 6 thousands of military from 20 countries will participate in Steadfast Jazz) and (unlike West ") represent for them a real counterweight.
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  1. mirag2
    mirag2 4 October 2013 07: 36 New
    Well, yes, the Poles say these teachings are directed against them, Lithuania is against them, Latvia is against them, etc ...
    Well, what did you want? Or do you really hold us for fools?
    If such a NATO policy-eat (or eat more precisely), do not slap yourself.
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 4 October 2013 07: 55 New
      The scenario of the exercises consisted in blocking and destroying the forces of a hypothetical adversary, who were called gang units or terrorists in official communications.
      That's right, but what else can you call NATO.
      1. Romn
        Romn 4 October 2013 09: 12 New
        Once again, I am convinced how much the Poles are vile, they did everything possible against Russia, all reasonable history, but there is a good moment (let them continue to shake), they will soon be the first to fall, together with the throats from Lithuania , Estonia and Latvia!
      2. Civil
        Civil 4 October 2013 09: 18 New
        To keep the Belorussian armed forces in good shape, otherwise striking the blows of democracy cannot be avoided.
      3. The comment was deleted.
      4. velikoros-xnumx
        velikoros-xnumx 4 October 2013 11: 36 New
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        who were called gangs or terrorists in official communications.
        That's right, but what else can you call NATO.

        Sorry I can not resist and repeat the old comment:
        NATO - Нnational Аamerican Тterrorist Оorganization - the most appropriate decoding of the abbreviation, corresponding to reality soldier .By the way in Latin-English transcription is also consistent.
    2. smiths xnumx
      smiths xnumx 4 October 2013 10: 43 New
      Yes. Yes, that’s how it was ...
      1. kavkaz8888
        kavkaz8888 4 October 2013 14: 57 New
        Well and cartoon! He smiled heartily.
        blacksmiths 1977, thanks.
  2. fklj
    fklj 4 October 2013 07: 38 New
    Afraid of psheks. Do it right. They thought that when cutting Russia, a piece of it would break off, and then again the prospect would be between two millstones.
    1. stroporez
      stroporez 4 October 2013 09: 12 New
      Quote: fklj
      , and here again the prospect - between two millstones to be.

      ------- they have such a plan ...........
    2. Generalissimus
      Generalissimus 4 October 2013 12: 08 New
      Why should they be afraid? The Poles are the best soldiers in the world.
      Actually, they won the Second World War.

      The only issue around which there is still heated debate among the Poles is who won the war - Four tankmen or the dog Sharik.
    3. eplewke
      eplewke 4 October 2013 14: 55 New
      Pshek’s sprats are all afraid, but they continue to stink ... When they only reach the thesis that in case of war they are a proving ground for military operations ...
  3. Kibalchish
    Kibalchish 4 October 2013 07: 42 New
    Teachings against Poland hi Yesterday South Ossetia, tomorrow Gdansk ... Just kidding! bully
  4. andrei332809
    andrei332809 4 October 2013 07: 44 New
    "Yes, calm down." why pshek is afraid, because they have an invincible Polish army
    1. Kibalchish
      Kibalchish 4 October 2013 07: 49 New
      And two frigates donated by America bully
      1. fklj
        fklj 4 October 2013 08: 18 New
        And T-34 with a shepherd and tankers smile
        1. IRBIS
          IRBIS 4 October 2013 09: 59 New
          Quote: fklj
          And T-34 with a shepherd and tankers

          Forgot about Captain Kloss. He knew everything.
          1. DuraLexSedLex.
            DuraLexSedLex. 4 October 2013 10: 11 New
            I wouldn’t laugh like that, Pshek-pshekami, but the army is strengthened if you were healthy. If they were, they’ll be the buffer zone between the “civilized west” and the “barbarians of the north”
            1. lelikas
              lelikas 4 October 2013 14: 13 New
              Quote: DuraLexSedLex.
              I wouldn’t laugh like that, Pshek-pshekami, but the army is strengthened if you were healthy. If they were, they’ll be the buffer zone between the “civilized west” and the “barbarians of the north”

              Too much for them is more like a gasket like the ones in an advertisement that show a zombie creator.
      2. Very old
        Very old 4 October 2013 12: 13 New
        "America gave Russia ..." Ugh, GEORGIA, hereinafter
  5. Apollo
    Apollo 4 October 2013 07: 49 New
    Good morning everybody hi

    Doctrines are needed, and this is out of the question. To conduct exercises without looking at anyone is the sovereign right of any state or states, in this case we are talking about joint two fraternal and friendly states, given that

    quote-For the Belarusian army exercises "West-2013" were the largest training event over the last 20 years.

    So they immediately got excited. Why are we nervous, you can and others can’t, ... hmm winked

    Given the fact that the author is a Pole by nationality, I’ll give a story just don’t think that this is a joke,this is byl.

    Two Chelyabinsk citizens beat a bear in Poland's national park
    Two Russian tourists from Chelyabinsk beat a bear in a Polish national park, reports Ura.Ru.
    Chelyabinsk citizens spent a week's vacation in Zakopane and decided to go to the Tatra National Park on the Sea Eye. Tourists entered the park without a ticket. Seeing the bear, they took him for a disguised employee of the park and attacked him with fists. According to the men, they "only wanted to give him in the face to unhook." laughing

    “In 10.45, we received a signal from tourists going from Palenica towards the Sea Eye that two men were punching ... a bear. Of course, we did not believe this message, but repeated calls incited us to intervene. To our surprise, we found unconscious bear laughing and two bloodied citizens of Russia, ”the zoo staff told reporters.

    As a result of the incident, Samson got 9 stitches and removed a broken fang. Samson is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Krakow Zoo. Russians will be forced to pay for his treatment and respond according to the law on nature conservation.
    1. andrei332809
      andrei332809 4 October 2013 08: 12 New
      Quote: Apollon
      Two Chelyabinsk citizens beat a bear in Poland's national park

      harsh Chelyabinsk guys?
    2. Coward
      Coward 4 October 2013 08: 54 New
      And are you proud of their behavior?
      1. IRBIS
        IRBIS 4 October 2013 11: 31 New
        Quote: Coward
        And are you proud of their behavior?

        To be honest, these men, in my opinion, are frank (m) cranks! Bullish ordinary. It is a pity that the bear did not tear them to shreds, there would be fewer rednecks in Russia.
        1. kavkaz8888
          kavkaz8888 4 October 2013 15: 12 New
          Look how mannered we are! Why pester Chelyabinsk? Yes, he also called bydlofans. And what, explain to me, an illiterate stanitsa lad, a bad- (m) eccentric, beating a Polish bear !!! !!! ??? Probably pester himself.
          Here you two (Coward and Irbis) knock a tooth out of a bear, then swear. And then it looks like an old grumbling.
          I propose to chip in money and send Chelyabinsk citizens to their eagles to pull feathers from their tails.
    3. Very old
      Very old 4 October 2013 12: 16 New
      Hm. Hm. Hm. And many, many more. ХХХММММ Is it really so?
    4. zmey_gadukin
      zmey_gadukin 4 October 2013 14: 47 New
      And then resentment that Russian tourists are poorly spoken in the world, right?
      1. Sirocco
        Sirocco 4 October 2013 15: 15 New
        Quote: zmey_gadukin
        And then resentment that Russian tourists are poorly spoken in the world, right?

        And what better Poles ??? After spending 3 years in a concentration camp, my grandfather was better with the Germans (you just think of GERMANS) than the Poles. Preparing to escape from the camp they were handed over by Polish brothers. And such stories are full. And how do we Russians relate to the Poles, after their "good-natured" reception of our football fans? Our boobies of a bear have beaten off having confused it with someone. And these corrupt people brutally beat their GUESTS.
        1. IRBIS
          IRBIS 4 October 2013 17: 23 New
          Quote: Sirocco
          Our boobies of a bear have beaten off having confused it with someone.

          To what extent did the pig squeal have to be drunk in order to confuse the bear with someone? What does the animal have to do with all these squabbles with "panas"?
  6. Orel
    Orel 4 October 2013 07: 51 New
    And why are they so noisy? The exercises are also needed to increase the capabilities of the troops and to develop interaction. The scenario of the exercises provides for a strong adversary because this is the only way to bring troops to a new qualitative level, but this does not mean that Russia is going to attack NATO. They are there because of their "Russophobia" are already sure that we are all crazy here or what? Are you going to unleash a world war with a deplorable result for humanity as a species? In general, for a long time it seems to me that these Polish-Baltic moans have only one purpose: REMIND THE WORLD THAT THERE IS SUCH Dwarfs in the world about whom they regularly forget! Pride makes them somehow remind of themselves. Come to your senses. The Commonwealth is no longer and will not be, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania has also sunk into oblivion. Resign yourself to your role as extras and keep quiet, otherwise it already becomes funny for God ...
  7. awg75
    awg75 4 October 2013 07: 51 New
    they do what they fear correctly - this is only the beginning ... for everything that they have done to us, we will someday reward them according to their deserts and in full
    1. Rink
      Rink 4 October 2013 10: 23 New
      And the most surprising thing is that when NATO conducts exercises in the Baltic states very close to the border, demonstrating hostility towards Russia without any hassles, this means normal. And when, in response, Russia conducts exercises at their borders, then they fight in hysteria?

      However, I liked their Freud clause ... winked
      The legend of these exercises is a reflection of the actions of terrorists. on its territory (which, considering Syria and Libya, is not at all surprising), and our "incredible partners" from NATO scream that these are exercises against them.
      So the guys deciphered! Yourself !!

  8. ia-ai00
    ia-ai00 4 October 2013 07: 58 New
    ... who were called gangs or terrorists in official communications.

    So NATO with AMERs is - BANDIC formations, terrorists on a global scale. How many countries have already been ruined in the world? With their DIRTY BLOODY PAWS they climb wherever they want.

    It should be recognized that they were aimed at provoking a negative reaction of the NATO countries bordering Russia and thereby consolidate their image Russophobiaincapable of constructive cooperation.

    But what is there to "fix", Russophobia in them is "sewn" with genes.
    1. Zhenya
      Zhenya 4 October 2013 08: 16 New
      I have a relative from Lithuania, no dirt, okay?
      1. ia-ai00
        ia-ai00 4 October 2013 10: 47 New
        And where are you here, DIRT saw? What, NATO and the Americans around the world "sow" GOOD and ETERNAL. For hundreds of thousands of people, they shorten the life God has given them. If there is something in the country, they “wake up” to it APPETIT, and here already - all the means are good for them, and the rest - save yourself who can. Where so many refugees from all over the world. And that NATO does not participate in these "games"? Are they “white and fluffy”?
        And your relatives have nothing to do with it. I’m not saying that all people living in Europe or the USA are bandits and terrorists.
  9. Peaceful military
    Peaceful military 4 October 2013 08: 13 New
    Somehow I was even surprised that the article was without a squeal and Russophobic attacks.
    Of course, it is clear that, like NATO in its military and political (yes, yes, it was and is there) Russia means, and Russia means NATO. What is so strange here? Who is hiding it?
    The deepening of the contradictions in NATO (including within individual member countries) is also served by the dual focus of Russian politics.

    But this is especially
  10. Zhenya
    Zhenya 4 October 2013 08: 14 New
    The article is extremely interesting, there is no screech, everything is balanced. The author is clearly a plus.
  11. Altona
    Altona 4 October 2013 08: 30 New
    And why are so "clairvoyant" shannovy misters intimidated themselves? I remember that after the Second World War, the "bloody" Stalin killed them with zemstvos at the expense of Germany ... I also remember that the current allies in NATO betrayed them at the beginning of that war, and German Nazis and Ukrainian nationalists slaughtered their population ... That’s another memory that surfaced, that the Soviet Union also revived the Polish army, as well as Polish industry, transferring helicopter and aircraft equipment, small arms, cars (whoever remembers Victory Dash Warsaw) to production, ... But from Poland there were only unfriendly steps, namely: 1) 100 thousand captured Red Army soldiers starved and sick, 2) they sing along with Goebbels, 3) they collapsed the CMEA and the Warsaw Pact and generally behaved and behave non-comme il faut ...
  12. shark
    shark 4 October 2013 08: 31 New
    He carried a screech, but from the Poles. Somehow unusual and frightening. Probably resigned laughing laughing
  13. darksoul
    darksoul 4 October 2013 09: 16 New
    Of course we will come to both those and those and these. Russian bear does not sleep
    1. Leisure
      Leisure 4 October 2013 10: 27 New
      The muzzle bear's face is similar to that of Putin's Putin.
  14. bistrov.
    bistrov. 4 October 2013 09: 30 New
    Characteristically, almost simultaneously with the West-2013 exercises, a few days later, Ukraine conducted its rather large-scale exercises at the Yavorivsky Polegon (Lviv Region). Aviation, tanks were used, including live firing. President Yanukovych was present. Not without incident, or curiosities, as usual in the Ukrainian army. An anti-tank missile hit the lake outside the field, not far from the nearby village, and exploded, nearly scaring the fishermen around the lake and tore off the tents. A rather impressive fragment of another anti-tank missile fell very close to Yanukovych. Fortunately, he did not notice it. Got a "baptism of fire"!
    1. HAM
      HAM 4 October 2013 09: 46 New
      It’s good that the tanks don’t fly, otherwise it would be completely byad, with these missiles.
    2. Valery Neonov
      Valery Neonov 4 October 2013 10: 44 New
      Got a "baptism of fire-Not, this is a warning ABOVE from rash acts and expressions on people, yeah. hi
  15. Akim
    Akim 4 October 2013 10: 01 New
    I have a little mirror deja vu. Poland conducted the Anaconda 2012 exercises that year. Somewhere here I read an article on the reaction of Russia and Belarus. Also calm and balanced. The meaning of both articles: "We do not want war - but we are ready to fight back."
  16. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 4 October 2013 10: 37 New
    Quote: "It should be recognized that they were aimed at provoking a negative reaction of the NATO countries bordering Russia" .
    Strange reasoning of the Pole.
    The exercises of the Russian and Belarusian Armed Forces are conducted to develop skills to repel the aggression of a potential enemy. This adversary is NATO. And of course, that they cause a negative reaction from the Russian-Belarusian neighbors.
  17. Valery Neonov
    Valery Neonov 4 October 2013 10: 42 New
    To deepen the contradictions in NATO ... At the same time as the West-2013 exercises, the Russian armed forces took part in the Vigilant Skies maneuvers (September 23–25) dedicated to countering air terrorism. - generally confused at NATO hi
  18. autonomus
    autonomus 4 October 2013 11: 53 New
    Quote: Apollon
    Two Chelyabinsk citizens beat a bear in Poland's national park
    Two Russian tourists from Chelyabinsk beat a bear in a Polish national park

    In my opinion, these compatriots need to be ashamed. Is there anything fun here? Let’s stay for these heroes for life, let’s sit in Chelyabinsk. And about Russophobia: on this site, as you can see from the comments, I’m scooping up phobias even though it’s a shovel. would all Great Poland, Great Russian, Great American and other "great" in one place and see what happens ...
    1. Setrac
      Setrac 4 October 2013 18: 18 New
      Quote: autonomus
      In my opinion, such compatriots need to be ashamed. Why is there something funny here? A deport for life to these heroes, let them sit in Chelyabinsk.

      And what is there to be ashamed of? They did not stoop, the bear is a formidable and dangerous beast. Or, in the spirit of modern democracy, for the triumph of justice, they had to give the bear lunch for themselves?
  19. borisjdin1957
    borisjdin1957 4 October 2013 12: 00 New
    from the Don.
    It’s time for the Baltic states to conduct joint exercises with 1 tank to the peak of Russia and Belarus!
  20. sven27
    sven27 4 October 2013 13: 44 New
    Here it’s hilarious, to wash your pants to Psheks again !!! laughing
  21. Pehmore
    Pehmore 4 October 2013 14: 02 New
    They have fear at the genetic level, not conscious, they feel the incredible strength of the Russian spirit, so they are trying from around the corner and with the help of someone.
  22. Alikovo
    Alikovo 4 October 2013 14: 18 New
    Yes, the Poles with the Balts even before or during the exercises crap before they reach t .... that, they write about the anti-Western orientation of the exercises.
  23. Alexey M
    Alexey M 4 October 2013 15: 14 New
    Even the pods have some bears weak!
    Neighbors wander, oh wail. Especially in light of the latest news from America.
  24. mikkado31
    mikkado31 4 October 2013 22: 46 New
    It is ridiculous to read comments about the Poles, which seem to be obrozi .. from fear. The Polish army is a fully operational and mobile army. Given the fact that in the 39th year they were stabbed by the Red Army in the back by entering into an alliance with Hitler, they have every reason not to love Russia.
    1. 4952915
      4952915 8 October 2013 07: 14 New
      It was a joke? Who was hit in the back there ?! The Poles practically did not resist, as they famously fled from the Germans and from the USSR. What a strange desire to repeat the idiotic brecciations from the time of "glasnost" (do not be remembered by night). What other "union" ?! The USSR regained its territory, stolen by the Pshepsiks in 1920, returned to the border, which, by the way, the Entente set. Romania, too, "hit in the back", forcing then to return Bessarabia? Nowhere and never in WW2 did the Polish soldiers show themselves, except perhaps for the Westerplätte defense (the only exception to the mass drap). If anything, it is customary for us to scold the Anglo-French, who did not render the promised help to the Pshepsites, and so - according to the agreement, the Anglo-French were to enter the war with Germany in 15 days, but alas, to disperse the “combat-ready and mobile army”, the Germans had enough weeks. And not to love Russia - this is the profession of the Poles, the main symptom of their national inferiority complex. In this way, they are trying to give themselves at least some international significance.
      Are you by any chance Rip van Winkle?
  25. Alex Danilov
    Alex Danilov 8 December 2013 00: 16 New
    And right and true. It’s hard to study, it’s easy in battle. Nefig to join NATO, put NATO bases for us in battle, put missile defense, and then write some nonsense that we train in military exercises and strengthen our army. fools accept us? It’s time for Russia and Belarus to do this, and our armies to build up, rearm, retrain and do better.
    Soon we will conduct exercises with the tsar-bombs, yars and poplars with clubs, so that it becomes clear to everyone that we will destroy any who attacked us (Russia and Russia's ally) and our ally. We ourselves are not going to attack, but who attacked us and kill our allies! We will not give back either a flower or a leaf. Not a millimeter. Belarusians and Russians, brothers, in general, are one people. In the ass of NATO, glory to Russia and its allies! Glory to the Russia-Empire of Good and its allies! Belarusians and Russian brothers!