Russia and NATO are also `actively preparing for war`


According to an organization which specializes in the research of the security of the world and the Euro-Atlantic region, the rivalling military exercises of Russia and NATO represent the most serious military tension since the time of the Cold War.

Russia and NATO are both preparing for war against the other, while the military tension has strengthened in Europe so much that has not been seen since the Cold War - stated in a new report.

The military exercises of these two have resulted in a number of incidents in which it was very close to the aggravation of the situation and the outbreak of open confrontation.

The report said the leaders of both sides should seriously consider the signing of new agreements, which could prevent that from such situations a war may develop.

The European organization called European Leadership Network prepared the report in question because of the six month-long battles in Ukraine and because of Michael Fallon`s (the British defense minister) decision, according to which Britain would send a training detachment to Ukraine, .

"We do not say that the leaders of either side would have decided to have a war and that military conflict would be inevitable, but the change in the profile of the military exercises is a fact which further intensifies and maintains the tension in Europe." the authors write.

The report also shows that since the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014, both sides instructed their forces to react to the activities which causing coarsening of the situation with response moves.

Mostly such cases are considered, when Russia or the NATO made a step reacting in response especially to the other`s new ability or potential war plan.

"While spokesmen insist that these operations target only supposed enemies, the scale and nature of them are proof to the contrary."

In March 2015, Russia held lightning war exercises with the participation of 80,000 soldiers, which involved simulating such long-term missions and military operations based on which that supposed enemy only could have been the United States or NATO.

In June of this year NATO held military exercises called Allied Shield, where 15,000 allied troops took part, during which they also practiced response activities similar to the circumstances of the Crimea, against the infiltration of non-conventional forces.

The two sides practiced, in both cases, the protection of the areas considered the most vulnerable by them. NATO defended the Baltic areas, while Russia tried to fortify its Arctic territories, the Crimea peninsula and the island of Sakhalin.

During the Allied Shield operation they used for the first time the rapid reaction unit called Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, whose formation was decided during the 2014 NATO summit in Wales as a response intended for the attachment of the Crimea to Russia.

This June the Noble Jump military exercises began in Poland, where 2100 soldiers, Czech and Dutch air units, German and Norwegian mechanized infantry formations, Polish tankers, Belgian gunners and American helicopters took part and which also simulate a scenario similar to the events that took place in the Crimea in 2014.

The authors of the report urge NATO and Russia to improve their communication with each other, so that they avoid tense situations in the future, and they are also advised to sign an agreement on the limitations of deployment of conventional forces in Europe.