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NATO rapid reaction forces are not suitable for deployment in Eastern Europe (The Financial Times, UK)

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NATO rapid reaction forces are not suitable for deployment in Eastern Europe (The Financial Times, UK)


A new NATO rapid reaction force called Spearheads cannot be deployed in Eastern Europe if war breaks out with Russia. These are the estimates of military leaders from the North Atlantic Alliance.

The high-alert operational group (VJTF), numbering five thousand people, most of which was discussed at the NATO summit in 2014, and which is designed to counter Russian aggression, will be too vulnerable during the deployment phase and in preparation for deployment in Poland or the Baltic states. This was reported to the Financial Times by two high-ranking NATO generals who are closely acquainted with the issues of military planning and logistics support of the alliance.

Russia's decision to significantly increase the military grouping in the Kaliningrad region, located in the Baltic States between Poland and Lithuania, and the presence of significant forces and assets in the border areas will lead to the fact that these NATO ultrafast response forces can be defeated even before they are ready for fighting east of the Oder [Germany’s eastern border line], said one of the generals.

The shortcomings of the rapid reaction forces became one of the main reasons why the alliance decided to place more troops on its eastern flank on a permanent basis.

At the July summit in Warsaw, members of the alliance should approve a range of measures to improve NATO’s equipment and readiness to conduct practical territorial defense, and not just to implement deterrence. These measures indicate how alarmed the alliance is the prospect of a conflict with Russia in Europe.

A meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance will be held this week in Brussels, where the agenda and the decisions of the upcoming summit will be agreed upon.

One of the measures under consideration is the deployment of four battalions from four NATO member states in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as in Poland. According to one high-ranking Polish diplomat, this measure is the “absolute minimum” of what needs to be done.

According to NATO officials, such a high-alert operational group is an essential component of defense, although it is limited in its use, being only an effective means of initial response in case of applying Article 5 of the alliance’s charter, or starting a war involving a NATO member, when a collective response of all 28 member countries.

“A high-availability task force is created in case of situations envisaged by the 4 article, and this is how we intend to use it,” said Polish brigadier general Krzysztof Krol, deputy commander of the multinational corps in the north-east. “But in all our planning work, we take into account the 5 article.”

"Spearhead" retains its value to prevent situations stipulated in Article 4, when civil unrest, trespassing and other actions may escalate into armed conflict, said General Krol. “A plan was developed to respond to hybrid threats in our area of ​​responsibility. We adapt our plans to various situations, ”he added.

The NATO leadership believes that the Russian military plans to use such “hybrid” measures to weaken their likely adversary as incitement and manipulation measures before the start of interstate hostilities. NATO claims that this tactic is openly applied in Ukraine.

An alliance spokesman said that the "Spearhead" is ready for rapid deployment "in any possible situation," including the conflict provided for in Article 5. However, he acknowledged that the buildup by Russia of its military forces complicates the picture.

“Russia has anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, both land-based and sea-based, as well as combat aircraft, which are based in the Kaliningrad region and in other areas on Russian territory. These missiles can cover vast areas, ”said this representative.

“Such a concentration of Russian forces and equipment creates threats that we are well aware of and which we take into account when planning. On the eve of the Warsaw summit, we take into account these additional dimensions, strengthening and modernizing our deterrent and defense forces. NATO will do everything necessary to contain any threats and to protect all members of the alliance. ”
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  1. work67
    work67 17 May 2016 16: 26
    +1
    you can’t, do not torture .... but you need to master the money of taxpayers.
    1. Ami du peuple
      Ami du peuple 17 May 2016 16: 29
      +6
      Stop! They are forces "super fast response" (from the article). And they do not have time to turn around to repel the attacks of terrible Russian hordes .. Are they equipped with Estonians? smile
      1. saigon
        saigon 17 May 2016 16: 39
        +1
        In the SA, the Estonians did not notice the slowdown, normal guys. A joke is not appropriate.
        1. cniza
          cniza 17 May 2016 17: 07
          +3
          Quote: Ami du peuple
          Stop! They are forces "super fast response" (from the article). And they do not have time to turn around to repel the attacks of terrible Russian hordes .. Are they equipped with Estonians? smile


          This designation also amused me, but in general it’s interesting that they themselves believe that they carry at least 5% of the nonsense that they carry or is it just for the average person tobish a taxpayer?
          1. bocsman
            bocsman 17 May 2016 17: 27
            +5
            During deployment, they mean vulnerable and there is no permanent deployment in the field ?! Well, the gentlemen have the logic!
            "Spearhead" retains its value to prevent situations stipulated in Article 4, when civil unrest, trespassing and other actions may escalate into armed conflict, said General Krol. “A plan was developed to respond to hybrid threats in our area of ​​responsibility. We adapt our plans to various situations, ”he added.


            And in my opinion the keywords about the riots among the local population are everything else husk. That's how their Crimea and southeast Ukraine scared! They understand the cannibalistic nature of the regimes established by them and not the eternal patience of the people!
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        3. Sid.74
          17 May 2016 17: 30
          +2
          NATO rapid reaction forces are not suitable for deployment in Eastern Europe -The Financial Times, United Kingdom.

          And that's why...
          British servicemen no longer want to defend their country, states portal Defense Aerospace. According to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, 2015 7 ground forces, the Air Force and Navy served 260 XNUMX since April XNUMX, but there is no one to replace them.
          http://politrussia.com/news/smi-britanskie-voennosluzhashchie-748/


          Not to comrade seram, in some Poland and Latvia there serve ... the weather is not at all Miami, and the Russians are next to the Iskanders, and with-300 ... nafig, nafig ... Yes
      2. RUSIVAN
        RUSIVAN 17 May 2016 19: 16
        0
        It's just that everyone has their own ideas about "superfast ...")))
    2. Denis Obukhov
      Denis Obukhov 17 May 2016 16: 31
      0
      War is inevitable, as in the year 39, the question is how much more time was given to us to prepare for it. We must be the first to strike and not to sit and wait as at 41 when a united Europe will attack us again. They have already fought with the European Union from 41 to 45. Now in Europe there is a new ideology, but the principles have remained the same, to destroy all those who are not with them. There was fascism, and now it is called democracy. Under this slogan, countries and people are destroyed.
      1. Alexei
        Alexei 17 May 2016 16: 45
        +3
        Quote: Denis Obukhov
        You must be the first to strike and not sit and wait as in 41 when a united Europe attacks us again.

        I think it’s better to prepare. And in 41 pulled to the last, getting ready. The plants have not yet been brought to mind, with machine tools a disaster (to put it mildly). We do not need war, we have so few people, they need it.
      2. Sagittarius YaNAO
        Sagittarius YaNAO 17 May 2016 18: 41
        +1
        They can’t cope with a dozen terrorists, and to fight to the fullest, this is generally a disaster for them, death is similar.
  2. Bobxnumx
    Bobxnumx 17 May 2016 16: 26
    +1
    The NATO Rapid Reaction Forces are only suitable for deployment in one of the Baltic states, "... and don't count on more ...".
  3. Observer2014
    Observer2014 17 May 2016 16: 26
    +2
    "NATO Rapid Reaction Force is not suitable for deployment in Eastern Europe (The Financial Times, UK)"
    They don’t want to be suicide bombers! Any war against Russia guaranteed the destruction of that country from where the enemy is.
  4. Pirogov
    Pirogov 17 May 2016 16: 27
    +1
    So turn to the Estonians and immediately the forces will become well, a very slow response.
  5. Denis Obukhov
    Denis Obukhov 17 May 2016 16: 29
    +1
    From the Europeans, warriors, like a bullet from m.v. they are too fat and flabby in their tolerance, everything will end even faster than Europe’s resistance to Hitler, Europe does not want to fight, she wants to eat croissants and drink wine
    1. 34 region
      34 region 17 May 2016 19: 09
      +1
      Denis Obukhov! 16.29. They will not eat croissants and drink beer soon. No wonder there are so many Arab refugees. A hundred cut heads and the whole of Europe amicably and quickly execute commands. They (Europeans) are very disciplined!
  6. MAGA
    MAGA 17 May 2016 16: 33
    +8
    Saying that the small contingent is not suitable, they are trying to play a card - they say that from a small sense there is no need immediately as Hitler divisions are 80 and no less.
  7. Dmitry Potapov
    Dmitry Potapov 17 May 2016 16: 39
    +5
    Something they often say about the war. By and large, on the drum, they’ll start, I’ll take the barrel and knead everyone in a row, psc not psc, yankees not yankees, it’s a pity the construction of the house to stop.
    1. Vladimirets
      Vladimirets 17 May 2016 16: 43
      +1
      Quote: Dmitry Potapov
      I’ll take the barrel and knead everyone

      You are talking about the Patriotic War of 1812. No.
      1. kvv157
        kvv157 17 May 2016 18: 06
        +2
        And only in the image of the Patriotic War of 1812 and it’s possible to cope with superior forces
  8. raid14
    raid14 17 May 2016 16: 41
    +5
    Translating into Russian: "It is shameful for the gentlemen to die for slaves" so prepare (the Balts, Poles, etc.) to die first, and then how "the card will fall."
  9. Arktidianets
    Arktidianets 17 May 2016 16: 53
    +1
    All this screech to increase appropriations and to increase the military contingent, a fuss for taxpayers
  10. uskrabut
    uskrabut 17 May 2016 16: 57
    +2
    What a war there! The entire geyropu was flooded with Arab and African migrants. It’s not about the war with Russia that you have to think about, but about the security of your own ass. But poor fellows from the EEC can not only fight, but simply cannot guard the EEC border.
    1. 34 region
      34 region 17 May 2016 19: 15
      +1
      Loot! 16.57. Europeans are good performers. Asked, joined NATO. Asked, joined the EU. They will ask, they will go to Russia. The detachment will be Arabs and Americans. Who will be against, accidentally bombed.
  11. Verdun
    Verdun 17 May 2016 17: 01
    +1
    NATO rapid reaction forces not suitable for deployment in Eastern Europe
    it’s just that these guys are not going to react. Again preparing for war. And who their enemy is is quite understandable.
    1. RUSIVAN
      RUSIVAN 17 May 2016 19: 18
      +1
      I also thought that they were preparing to fight against Somali pirates ...
  12. mamont5
    mamont5 17 May 2016 17: 07
    +2
    "The 2014-strong High Readiness Task Force (VJTF), which was the most talked about at the NATO summit in XNUMX, and which is designed to counter Russian aggression, will be too vulnerable at the stage of deployment and preparation for deployment in Poland or the Baltics."

    Naturally, after all, it will be destroyed among the first goals, in which case.
  13. 33 Watcher
    33 Watcher 17 May 2016 17: 12
    +7
    But here I paid attention to this: “Spearhead” retains its value in preventing the situations provided for in Article 4, when unrest among civilians, violation of borders and other actions can develop into an armed conflict, said General Krol. “A plan was developed to respond to hybrid threats in our area of ​​responsibility. We adapt our plans to various situations. ”
    Those. everything is called by its name already ... Punishers! Local, dissatisfied with watering.
    So, in plain text, we occupied your countries, planted the occupation authorities, who don’t like, here are five thousand, selected ... Well, really, why be shy ..?
  14. 31rus2
    31rus2 17 May 2016 18: 24
    +1
    Dear, but do not write, this is, first of all, the next round of the arms race, this is the promise to deploy full-fledged units and formations, and not only the United States, it is even closer to the borders of Russia, these are new missile defense areas, this is not an open preparation for war, and Europe itself is only for
  15. Dmitry Potapov
    Dmitry Potapov 17 May 2016 19: 03
    +1
    Quote: Vladimirets
    Quote: Dmitry Potapov
    I’ll take the barrel and knead everyone

    You are talking about the Patriotic War of 1812. No.

    All new, well forgotten old! Said the wise. Three options: ordinary military operations (just the barrel will fit), nuclear exchange of strikes, nothing will live peacefully and respect each other. By the way, Donbass, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, no one canceled the trunk!
  16. shadow
    shadow 17 May 2016 19: 25
    0
    Where do they fit?
  17. EvgenSad
    EvgenSad 17 May 2016 20: 58
    +1
    To summarize this article, all NATO rhetoric will boil down to: "Fuck knows what to do!"
  18. faterdom
    faterdom 17 May 2016 23: 06
    +2
    Quote: Observer 33
    Those. everything is called by its name already ... Punishers! Local, dissatisfied with watering.

    In Crimea, a similar scenario was planned, even some kind of trough (I don't remember) was hanging out with just five thousand US Marines in the Black Sea "to protect the American team at the nightmare Olympics in Sochi." Only the "host" - Crimea, never invited them to the shore. Only "Ball" conducted them with its own eye.
  19. 96423 lom
    96423 lom 18 May 2016 11: 24
    0
    It is frightening that they are not shutting up talking about the possibility of war with Russia. As part of the attack on someone, NATO as a rule does not break its promises.