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How should Belarus react to NATO military drills?

The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, reminded of herself with her fantasies about Belarus. The phrase about “aggressive games” in an interview to a national TV company resulted in calling the Ambassador of Lithuania to Belarus to the Internal Affairs carpet.

It is unusual to hear such eloquence from the President of the country the relations with which are tied by the Neighbourliness Agreement. However, the reasons for such announcements are quite clear. Lithuania and other countries bordering with Belarus have been flooded with NATO troops.

Best defence is offence. Both in politics and in the kitchen. It preferable for this idea to not be principal in the military strategy of NATO.

On June 3, 2017, the largest military drills of NATO are held just 30 kilometres away from Riga. As many as 50 military ships, 50 aviation units and 4,000 soldiers. The operation Baltops began. Finally, Poland- operation “Anaconda”. All in all, NATO conducted 60 military drills in the last couple of years in Europe. The authorities of NATO assure that the drills carry a “proportional” and a “defensive” character. Such combatting attack machinery as B-52, tested in Vietnam, is necessary for the drills only. Either the message did not reach the Baltic countries or Lithuania decided to try the Middle East credo, when a neighbour is not a friend but an enemy. There is no other explanation to the petulance of Dalia Grybauskaitė about Belarus being a threat to the sovereignty of Lithuania.

Sergey Kazima, a political expert:
Starnge things are said about Belarus. It is either someone wanting to get some benefits or to get some commercial benefits frr thei country. The more they speak about the threats in Lithuania, the more finances they will get, the more troops come there, who will be throwing money.

As a whole, the situation in the region reminds a typical example of double standards: in average NATO holds two military drills per motnth in the name of peace, and Belarus is not recommended to. Taking into concideration the fact that Belarus’ military doctrine has a defensive character only. If to add the diplomatic role of Minsk in the last couple of years, it then becomes clear that certain participants of the alliance have ultimately tied themselves up in knots in the color palette on the map of Europe.

Sergey Kazima:
Where was Lithuania when it was necessary to settle down the crisis in Ukraine, where were the announcements from their side, where were the suggestions in the years of 2014 and 2015? There was practically nothing out of it. Belarus took hold of it all.

Despite the orchestrated actions of NATO, there are some peculiarities. Donald Trump continues demanding from all the member states to pay more and to ask for less. For some countries, it is like connecting the economy to an artificial respiration unit. This is about at least 2% of the GDP. These are only contributions to the organization. However, even such a position beckons other countries. Montenegro has already joined it, Macedonia is preparing to do it.

Sergey Musienko, a political expert:
It is necessary to justify the existence. The functions of NATO after the Warsaw Treaty were eliminated should have been simplified and liquidated. All the contingent needed to leave. If they did no leave then the list of threats must be constantly reviewed.

Not all citizens of Baltic states feel comfortable with having NATO troops in their country. The following example is a proof to this. A resident of a small Estonian village now faces up to five years of prison for “unsuitable greeting of NATO troops”. They were trampling down the man’s garden and he took his rifle out and shot into the air. So, it is quite explainable why Belarus is conducting military drills.

How should Belarus react to NATO military drills?