Washington and Brussels continue to exert geopolitical pressure on Moscow. NATO countries made several key decisions in the spirit of the Cold War era. About what begins in Europe – in the material of RIA Novosti.
The NATO summit in Madrid took place in a decidedly oppressive atmosphere. Sanctions failed to break Russia, the ruble strengthened, and energy prices rose. The territory of the LPR is almost liberated. Western weapons, especially artillery, did not give a decisive advantage to the Armed Forces of Ukrai-ne. The conflict drags on.
To all appearances, the West has decided to use its usual tool – military force. The most generous initiative was US President Joe Biden, who announced the strengthening of the grouping of US troops in Europe. The White House will send two additional F-35 fighter squadrons to the UK and increase the number of destroyers at the Rota naval base in Spain from four to six. In addition, air defense systems will be deployed in Germany and Italy.
Biden also promised to increase the contingent in the Baltic countries, as well as to transfer a brigade of three thousand bayonets to Romania. Poland will have a permanent headquarters for the US Army’s Fifth Corps.
This decision was welcomed in Warsaw. “This is of decisive importance for the security of both the eastern flank of NATO and the whole of Europe,” Briga-dier General of the Polish Army Yaroslav Kraszewski told reporters. divisions of the US Army, there are divisions of NATO countries in the Baltic states.
No one to fight
The United States, along with its allies, is about to embark on the largest military deployment since the Cold War. Eight battalion groups in Eastern Europe will be increased to brigades: from 40,000 to 300,000 fighters. The alliance does not even think of hiding who it is directed against. The summit approved a new strategic concept until 2030, according to which Russia is “the most important and direct threat to security in the Euro-Atlantic zone.”
“In fact, we have been preparing for a confrontation with Russia since 2014,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted. “Therefore, we strengthened our military presence in the east of the alliance, spent more money on defense, and also increased the combat readiness of our units.”
At the same time, NATO claims that they are not looking for a confrontation with Moscow. But they will continue to support Ukraine. The package of comprehensive assistance includes “accelerating the supply of non-lethal equipment, strengthening cyber defenses and modernizing the defense sector.”
The list of lethal weap-ons has yet to be agreed upon by the military. How-ever, experts doubt that the supplies will be significant.
“They have already talked about the need for victory on the battlefield,” says military expert Ilya Kramnik. “But in order to achieve it, Ukraine needs to be given an order of magnitude more. So far, this victory is not visible, no matter how much the West wants. There are at least opportunities to expand assistance from the United States. But it is not enough to repeatedly increase the supply of weapons. It is also necessary to equip the transferred equipment with our own military personnel, since there will not be enough Ukrainian soldiers. Naturally, no one is ready for this at the moment.”
At the summit, NATO leaders officially invited Sweden and Finland to the alliance. Now it must be ratified by the parliaments of 30 states of the North Atlantic bloc.
The declaration adopted at the end of the meeting says: “The entry of Finland and Sweden will strengthen their security, make NATO stronger. <…> The security of Finland and Sweden is important for the alliance.”
Moscow commented on this with restraint. But they promised to “answer adequately.”
“As for Sweden and Finland, we don’t have the same problems with these countries that we unfortunately have with Ukraine,” President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference after the Caspian summit. We don’t have anything to worry about in terms of membership of Finland or Sweden in NATO. If you want – please. Only we must clearly and clearly imagine – there was no threat before, in the case of the deployment of military contingents and infrastructure, we will have to respond in a mirror way and create the same threats in the territories from which they create a danger to us “.
Finland and Sweden ha-ve been neutral for many d-ecades and adhered to non-bloc status in principle. Af-ter the start of the Russian special operation in Ukra-ine, both the pro-government and opposition political parties of these states started talking about joining the alliance. And there they are waiting for a long time. Stoltenberg, for example, back in March promised to accept the Scandinavians as quickly as possible.
“At present, Finland does not need to host NATO forces,” Foreign Minister Haavisto tried to smooth over sharp corners. “But Helsinki supports the plans of the North Atlantic allia-nce to ensure collective sec-urity. We have a common border with Russia. And I can say, that it’s calm there now. But we want to be prepared for any emergency.”
After Finland and Swed-en join NATO, Brussels will control the Scandinavian Peninsula and almost the entire coastline of the Baltic Sea. And the most important Russian port city of Murmansk will be only a hundred kilometers from the bloc’s borders. This, according to NATO, will significantly increase pressure on Moscow.