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NATO has a version of why Russia has ceased to "interfere" with its teachings.

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NATO has a version of why Russia has ceased to "interfere" with its teachings.6th Command fleet The United States, represented by Vice Admiral James Foggo, stated that there was no serious activity of the Russian Navy and VKS in the Baltic during the exercises of NATO forces and Sweden and Finland that joined them. Moreover, NATO has its own version of what exactly “reassured” Russia. And the fact that this version is wrong is just one of the bad News for NATO.


Last year, according to Foggo, Russia actively interfered with the teachings of BALTOPS with its warships. And now it has ceased. The admiral also mentioned the acclaimed April incident with the destroyer Donald Cook in the same Baltic when the Russian bomber flew over it at low altitude, sowing panic and chaos, the consequences of which still affect the 6 fleet.

According to the British Rear Admiral Patrick McElpine, who served in the royal fleet 34 of the year and loves to remind you of this, “I haven’t seen any exercises during which I’d ​​not watch us during my entire service”. At the same time, McElpine specifically stressed that before the start of the exercise, the Russian fleet conducted special training in the Kaliningrad zone for ten days. And this is an important detail.
Admiral Foggo has an original explanation for the similar passivity of the Russian fleet and aviation. At a press conference aboard his flagship, Mount Whitney’s headquarters landing ship, he said that Moscow had abandoned the “tactical reaction” and moved on to strategic responses. As an example, the talks in Moscow of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation and Finland were mentioned, which coincided in time with the start of NATO exercises at the Hanko Peninsula. On the other hand, the Russian army responded with another surprise check, which in Brussels is linked to the Anaconda 2016 exercises in Poland and the Baltic states. The military attaches of the embassies of the countries concerned were notified of this sudden check, which made Admiral Foggo very happy. He praised the actions of the Russian side, calling them "a step towards openness." Diplomatic measures are always more effective than a demonstration of force, ”said the commander of the shock naval group at a press conference on the conduct of exercises with the development of offensive operations and sea landing. And they applauded him.

But one of the most remarkable moments in the commander’s speech was the explanation of the direct, and not the strategic reason why the Russian side decided not to irritate the NATO sailors. It turns out that Rear Admiral Kataol O'Connor, a senior adviser to Admiral Foggo, flew to Moscow last week to discuss the security issues of the exercises. And now Foggo argues that it was this mission and the accompanying negotiations that allowed it to "relieve tension" around NATO exercises in the Baltic.

Under the sunset of a career, many American admirals and generals are awakened by a penchant for diplomacy. And for some time colonels of the marines with shaved heads touched en masse in the sphere of international relations. So Admiral Foggo could not miss such a convenient way to advertise his achievements. But if the commander of the US 6 fleet has some potential for regional diplomacy (for example, he can yell at some Estonian colonel, or even ruin his life), then he’s definitely not able to determine the strategy and tactics of the Russian Baltic Fleet can. Most likely, the admiral, for obvious reasons, somewhat exaggerated the powers and, as a result, the result of the "O'Connor mission." NATO and the United States were obliged to notify the Russian side of the plan, the nature of the exercises and the area of ​​their conduct through the naval attache. In the course of this routine protocol communication, security issues were apparently discussed. But no one gave NATO sailors any guarantees.

At such exercises, of course, there is always something to see. There are lots of details that can be useful for general education. For example, codes that NATO members exchange with the “Nenatovs” - the Finns and the Swedes. Interest in military doctrines has always existed - and will continue to exist. It’s another thing that one could draw from the rather strange in terms of organization and nature of the tasks of the NATO exercises in the Baltic States.

Particularly noteworthy is the development by NATO naval forces of counteracting what is called the Anti-Access / Area-Denial operations in Brussels, and thus the creation of “A2 / AD fortresses”. Speaking in a generally accessible language, NATO is concerned about the deployment of coastal radars, anti-ship missile systems, new submarines and mines in the Kaliningrad region and in the Crimea. Moreover, Admiral Foggo for some reason called all this, including submarines, “elements of a hybrid war,” but the youthful admiral, who requires his subordinates to be called Jamie, is forgivable.

After the transformation of Kaliningrad and the Crimea into such “coastal fortresses”, the Eastern Baltic and a significant part of the Black Sea are virtually closed to access by NATO forces, lost to the western navy. In such conditions, it is possible to annually conduct about a dozen of such exercises, attracting even the Finns, even the Swedes, even the fighting seals - all landing attempts will be Sisyphean labor, like the ancient naval form of mockery at the newcomers - to force the anchor to grind. None of the landing ship to the coast even close.

All available means of processing public opinion and satellites are gradually connecting to the fight against the Russian “coastal fortresses”. Now the team of Romania came out on the treadmill, which was suddenly interested in the “danger of coastal fortresses of Russia” for world navigation, freedom of movement and even the ecology of the Black Sea. The next ones at the start are the Poles who are concerned about the problems of commercial shipping in the neutral waters of the Baltic. And it was American Vice Admiral Jamie Foggo, along with British Rear Admiral Patrick “Paddy” McElpine, who explained to the concerned public that the NATO fleet must ensure the freedom of commercial shipping in the Baltic and Black Sea and “disavow anyone’s attempts to ban access to these regions ".

But how exactly to “disavow” is not invented by NATO. So far, the alliance has gone on a symmetrical path, imitating the mass production of mines in the Kaliningrad region, which, according to the idea, should stop Russian submarines. To this end, three strategic bombers B-52 flew to the UK from the United States - carriers of the nuclear weaponswho worked exactly this task. And this, among other things, is also the training of coordination of the Strategic Command and the fleet in the conditions of a puddle (that is, the Baltic Sea). And if attracting armies of puppet countries like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to specially designed exercises for them is just an attempt to calm their heated minds, then putting into operation of strategic bombers really shows how much the United States and NATO are concerned about the loss of a whole maritime region.

If in Brussels and the Pentagon they seriously believe in the “Russian threat to the Baltic countries”, they cannot but understand that they no longer have the capabilities of a naval assault from the Baltic. There is not even a chance to quickly transfer the naval forces. Accordingly, there is no need to closely observe these artistic productions of the young spectator’s Kohtla-Yarva theater. Especially there is no point in disturbing and annoying those who are prone to hysterics. That is, it is necessary to look after them, of course, but two reconnaissance ships, which the admiral Foggo personally saw with the keen eye of the sea wolf, and another two or three “fishermen” that he did not notice, are quite enough.
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  1. The black
    The black 19 June 2016 05: 55
    +20
    Admiral Foggo has an original explanation for the similar passivity of the Russian fleet and aviation ..............

    “The hopes of young men feed,
    The elders are given joy ”
    But still gradually melting.
    And finally, on the slope of days
    Suddenly understands man
    The vanity of hope, the futility of ideas .. laughing
    1. Comrade Schucher
      Comrade Schucher 19 June 2016 06: 37
      +38
      Here it is, now they begin to be offended that they are not spying ...
      But in fact, what else is needed ...
      All the troughs are recounted, the goals are defined and classified, the binding of targets to the coastal destruction systems is completed - and to hell with you, go on.
      1. mad
        mad 19 June 2016 07: 15
        +15
        Quote: Comrade SCHUKHER
        All the troughs are recounted, the goals are defined and classified, the binding of targets to the coastal destruction systems is completed - and to hell with you, go on.

        Well, don’t tell me, they say when sailing (not a mistake) near the Russian coast on the decks of Pendoc destroyers hastily erected prefabricated panel latrines of the outhouse type, and this coolly changes the silhouette of the ship. We have to make adjustments for the Bastion homing systems wassat
        1. Comrade Schucher
          Comrade Schucher 19 June 2016 08: 09
          +4
          Quote: mad
          erecting prefabricated panel latrines of the toilet type, and this coolly changes the silhouette of the ship

          ABOUT! And I didn’t think about it, but everyone knows that the mekosnya of the master of camouflage and disguise ... then behind them an eye, an eye, or else something insidious with toilet paper will be thrown out)))
      2. Alexey-74
        Alexey-74 19 June 2016 08: 41
        +8
        All this admiral's chatter is nothing more than a PR, a desire to show oneself to the same clowns, a wise guy who already figured out everything .... no wonder they say be afraid of a silent dog, and not the one that breaches ...
      3. sergey2017
        sergey2017 19 June 2016 08: 53
        +1
        Brussels and the Pentagon cannot but understand that they no longer have the possibility of sea landing from the Baltic! There is not even a chance to quickly deploy a naval force. Accordingly, there is no need to closely monitor these artistic productions of the Kohtla-Järv Theater for young spectators.
  2. avvg
    avvg 19 June 2016 05: 59
    +7
    Although we are not interested in their teachings - "the Kohtla-Yarvsky theater of the young spectator", but where necessary we follow them exactly, in the intelligence of the GRU of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, bread is not in vain.
  3. leo3972
    leo3972 19 June 2016 06: 03
    0
    And I would not send! "!!!
  4. siberalt
    siberalt 19 June 2016 06: 04
    +5
    All this NATO crackling just once again demonstrates to Europe who its owner and whom it serves.
  5. valent45
    valent45 19 June 2016 06: 05
    +1
    The exercises are always interesting, it is necessary to monitor the dynamics of the development of the armed forces of a potential enemy.
    1. Amurets
      Amurets 19 June 2016 06: 48
      +1
      Quote: valent45
      The exercises are always interesting, it is necessary to monitor the dynamics of the development of the armed forces of a potential enemy.

      << Even more so, there is no point in interfering with them and once again making those who are prone to hysterics nervous. That is, of course, it is necessary to keep an eye on them, but two reconnaissance ships, which Admiral Foggo personally saw with the keen eye of the sea wolf, and a couple of "fishermen" whom he did not notice, are quite enough. >> A worthy answer. Let the reconnaissance train ...
  6. PKK
    PKK 19 June 2016 06: 05
    +2
    A change of strategy and tactics is always useful, gives a win, confuses the enemy. And such an enemy as NATO will have to be covered with good nuclear clicks, so that he would not want to fight.
    Work in the Baltic is ongoing and it pleases.
    1. udincev
      udincev 19 June 2016 07: 37
      +1
      Quote: PKK
      A change of strategy and tactics is always useful, gives a win, confuses the enemy. And such an enemy as NATO will have to be covered with good nuclear clicks, so that he would not want to fight.
      Work in the Baltic is ongoing and it pleases.

      It is entirely possible that the NATO troops have played too much and crossed the line to which they must follow their teachings. Beyond this line, more dramatic answers are expected and one should not spend money on loud accompaniment, but measures of a different level must be worked out that do not produce much noise and are difficult to detect.
      1. Orionvit
        Orionvit 20 June 2016 00: 34
        +1
        Or maybe this is an answer from the series, such as guys play your children's games, we know everything about you.
  7. LÄRZ
    LÄRZ 19 June 2016 06: 10
    +3
    After the transformation of Kaliningrad and the Crimea into such “coastal fortresses,” the Eastern Baltic and a significant part of the Black Sea were virtually closed to NATO forces and lost to the western navies.
    If in Brussels and the Pentagon they seriously believe in the “Russian threat to the Baltic countries,” they cannot but understand that they no longer have the possibility of sea landing from the Baltic. There is not even a chance to quickly deploy a naval force.
    That's all, guys, your Baltic-Black Sea song is sung. You have become uninteresting to us here, so why watch you? You are offended by this, we understand. You prepared, tried, but we did not come to this cheap performance. Try to come up with something newer.
    1. 33 Watcher
      33 Watcher 19 June 2016 06: 18
      +6
      Indeed, it looks like a failed director, whose performance takes place in an empty hall.
      1. LÄRZ
        LÄRZ 19 June 2016 07: 04
        0
        Quote: Observer 33
        Indeed, it looks like a failed director, whose performance takes place in an empty hall.

        And, in fact, who needs these teachings? What is the meaning of them?
        army of puppet countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania specially for them invented teachings
        Here is the answer on the purpose of these teachings. A curtain!
      2. andrew42
        andrew42 20 June 2016 11: 08
        +1
        It's even funnier here. A couple of professional actors decided to show their colleague how to stage the performances "correctly". They recruited a bunch of amateurs, extras from the street, and handed out props. taught to beat drums, pipes blow, cheeks already crackle. Only my colleague didn't show up to see the picture. I limited myself to reading criticism.
  8. B.T.V.
    B.T.V. 19 June 2016 06: 45
    +15
    "A couple of fishermen, whom he did not even notice ..."
  9. Razvedka_Boem
    Razvedka_Boem 19 June 2016 06: 54
    0
    At large exercises there is always the possibility of various emergency situations. After the Su-24 flight to D. Cook, it is quite possible that the Americans were on a platoon at these exercises and, for security reasons, ours were observed from afar.
    The United States is not Turkey, and in the event of a Russian aircraft being shot down by Amers, there are few options for an answer - a downing of a US aircraft in response or an immediate nuclear strike, which would mean the end of everything.
    The answer as with Turkey with amers will not work, as this is a different level and the rates there are higher.
    1. Slavin
      Slavin 19 June 2016 07: 45
      0
      And what have we already answered Turkey?
      1. Razvedka_Boem
        Razvedka_Boem 19 June 2016 08: 01
        +4
        You apparently did not notice. Russia’s economic sanctions and a tourism ban have caused billions in losses to Turkey.
        1. Slavin
          Slavin 19 June 2016 08: 05
          0
          I noticed, and I hope this is not the answer
          1. Razvedka_Boem
            Razvedka_Boem 19 June 2016 12: 55
            +3
            Only madmen can want war. If it is possible to achieve your goal without resorting to military force, this will be good for everyone.
            Erdogan will be removed by the Turks themselves.
  10. Bassoon
    Bassoon 19 June 2016 06: 57
    +1
    Overconfidently. A simple fishing trawler could turn out to be a reconnaissance ship
  11. ser-pov
    ser-pov 19 June 2016 07: 07
    0
    You just do not see the gopher admiral, but he is .... fellow
  12. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 19 June 2016 07: 21
    0
    Rear Admiral Patrick McElpine: “In my entire service I have not yet seen the exercises during which the Russians would not have watched us”
    CHEAP FALSE !!!:
    Two Russian reconnaissance ships monitor US vessels taking part in NATO exercise Baltops 2016. This was announced on Thursday, June 16, by the American Vice Admiral James Foggo, who is in charge of the maneuvers. "We noticed that two Russian reconnaissance ships have been watching us since we left the port of Tallinn on June 5," the American television channel Fox News quotes him.
    He added that the Russian ships are "behaving well" but are refusing to make contact with the American fleet. In addition, Foggo described how two Russian Su-14 bombers flew 24 meters from the US flagship Mount Whitney on June 300, dpa agency reports. According to him, the Russian aircraft operated "professionally" and did not pose a danger. "They gave me a small air show," said the vice admiral
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  13. demiurg
    demiurg 19 June 2016 07: 21
    +1
    If several submarine officers will present for awards in the near future, then they watched the exercises, with training launches of torpedoes.
  14. Ros 56
    Ros 56 19 June 2016 07: 33
    0
    It’s not yet evening, we’ll have time to fly over you and walk under you, and next to it. And you are wretched and unaware. Yes, and why hammer dull heads with all sorts of things.
  15. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 19 June 2016 07: 53
    +1
    In this regard, Russia has ceased to follow NATO’s naval exercises, new economic sanctions will be introduced against it! wassat
  16. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 June 2016 07: 55
    +1
    The Americans themselves do not know what they want. Accompanying their teachings is bad. Ostensibly ignore - again bad. Any actions (inaction) of Russia lead the NATO warriors into a stupor and force them to scratch the shaved nape, anticipating some kind of catch.
  17. ovod84
    ovod84 19 June 2016 07: 57
    0
    Stat ia amused especially about war seals. Thanks to the author.
  18. t118an
    t118an 19 June 2016 08: 13
    +1
    All NATO is the same Hollywood. entirely one show off. you won at least one war. serious real and not game performances. an army in which a soldier is forced to walk in heels is shit and not an army.
  19. Bort radist
    Bort radist 19 June 2016 08: 14
    +2
    Quote: rotmistr60
    The Americans themselves do not know what they want.

    BOD Admiral Yumashev NATO helicopter flyby, intelligence and no scandals, statements.
    Tantrum is the destiny of the weak.
  20. lkom11
    lkom11 19 June 2016 08: 42
    +4
    Bears should not pay attention to mouse fuss laughing
  21. ksv36
    ksv36 19 June 2016 09: 57
    0
    As the saying goes - "The dog barks - the caravan moves on." They are not a hindrance to our caravan, let the children play war, flopping down in a puddle. Not up to them now. There are more important things to do. smile
  22. Sergey333
    Sergey333 19 June 2016 10: 14
    0
    It seems they needed to lure the Baltic Fleet, but it didn’t work out, only reconnaissance vessels came. The question is, why did they need our armed escort? Apparently for some kind of provocation. I suppose our intelligence knew about this, so the warships were not sent to observe the exercises.
  23. Cat Workout
    Cat Workout 21 June 2016 10: 24
    0
    It’s interesting if the Russians are watching NATO, it’s terrible and should be trumpeted

    If the Russians are NOT watching NATO, this is terrible and should be trumpeted in the media laughing