What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia?


What military exercises does NATO conduct around Belarus and Russia?

The military exercises West-2017 are almost the main theme in the world media, and sometimes they are too exaggerated (especially in countries that are Belarus' neighbors). Ukraine is warning about a threat of invasion of its territory.

Experts and officials of the Western community scare the public with the "Trojan horse" through which Russia will move troops to Belarus for ever and ever.

At the same time, a series of military exercises around the world around Russia and Belarus are conducted by the NATO bloc (with the participation of NATO forces); troops and military equipment are being transferred to the Baltic region (but this is certainly not the 'Trojan horse', no analogies). Myths survive in a new form... Alexei Volkov will continue the topic.

Aurora 17 drills have started on the Swedish island of Gotland. Almost twenty thousand troops, including NATO, although Stockholm is not a member of the alliance.

Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Army:
Aurora-17 is the largest drills we have been conducting for the last 23 years. A lot of equipment, soldiers from many countries of the alliance are involved. We work out all the possible combat scenarios.

The Kingdom has been consistently cutting defense spending, and in March, returned recruitment to army saying that troubled times dictate such measures. Fortunately there is a friend from Brussels, ready to give a couple of battalions, as happened in neighboring Poland and the Baltic States. Recently, there have been a lot of military exercises of the NATO alliance there. Silver Arrow, Steel Shield and, of course, the Polish "Dragon". The operation starts on September 18, but soldiers and equipment are already in Gdansk port.

Steven Shapiro, Major-General of the US Army:
For several months we planned an additional landing of troops here in Gdansk. This is part of the constant rotation of soldiers and equipment in Europe. Additional forces will arrive not only in Poland, but also in the Baltic countries, as well as in Romania - this is part of our long-term plan.

The "Dragon" involves 17,000 soldiers. Tanks, armored personnel carriers and even the navy - NATO needs this many troops in the region, according to the alliance's secretary general.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General:
The most important part of NATO's consolidation is the deployment of four battalions in the Baltic states and Poland. We also increased the number of immediate reaction forces in the region to 40,000 people. I will add that the air space of Estonia and other countries is constantly under the control of aviation.

The NATO leadership certainly holds a portrait of Bismarck in its office. After all, the alliance actively uses its realpolitik, that is, the political principle: those who have more troops are right. This is well shown by the eastern borders. The pearl of the sea - Odessa - is now under the NATO symbol.

Let's remember sites that are closer to Belarus: Lviv and the Yavorovsky training ground nearby. The Rapid Trident operation was opened solemnly, even the US ambassador from Kiev and 2,500 soldiers arrived.

There was also Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria - the list is very large. All in all, 28 drills and almost 40,000 alliance soldiers are permanently deployed in Eastern Europe. Another thing is surprising: how they are accepted there. There was an exhibition Bucharest: children are with rifles in their hands, photos for memory and, of course, peace of mind - their sleep is guarded almost by heroes. Where they came from? It does not matter. After all, NATO's main training ground has long been information where everything is clear: our missles carry good, while foreign missiles carry anxiety, chaos and danger.