Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 11, 2018 14:46:37 GMT -5
Cunning plan: Poland wants to set up a US military base right next to Russia’s Kaliningrad.
RT.com 7 Dec, 2018 12:48
Poland and the US are reportedly in talks over setting up an American military base on the border with Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea. How serious, and most importantly, how realistic are Warsaw’s plans?
Polish diplomatic sources told Russian paper Izvestiya that a US military base could soon appear very close to Kaliningrad. Even though the final decision is yet to be made, the most likely site for the base has reportedly been picked.
It’s the town of Orzysz, mere 140km (87 miles) away from Kaliningrad. Among its advantages as a location for a permanent military base is Orzysz’s proximity to the Russian border. Besides that, it has all the necessary infrastructure, including a training facility.
Another argument in favor, which advocates of the idea put forward, is that Orzysz is in the part of Poland that’s key in terms of conducting both defensive and offensive military operations. Polish experts believe that troops deployed here in advance would boost the defensive capacity not only of the northeastern part of the country, but also of the Baltic states. The latter point is questionable, however, as the authors of this idea don’t go into any detail about how it might be implemented when it comes to Lithuania and Latvia, let alone Estonia.
Polish experts are also cited as saying that the permanent presence of US troops in the area would ensure a more effective defense for Poland in general. However, it’s impossible to deploy any substantial military force in terms of manpower and combat strength to a single military base. In a best-scenario, we’re talking about a brigade or a division at most.
However, a hypothetical war with Russia could turn into a protracted world war that would definitely involve coalitions, with their forces and equipment.
To sketch it out, this hypothetical large-scale conflict would involve all-out use of all types of weapons, maximum-intensity hostilities, and – I should emphasize this specifically – constant danger of nuclear weapons, followed by unrestricted use of all means of mass destruction, starting with all the strategic nuclear weapons.
In a war this huge it would be impossible to achieve military objectives of any significance with the force of just one brigade or division.
Looking at such a small number of troops and the location of their base as some kind of staging area for launching an offensive against Russia is also unreasonable. For that, you’d need a fundamentally different kind of military force, and I don’t mean at a tactical level, but at the operational and strategic level. First of all, there has to be an airfield network to allow tactical air forces in.
If Poland wants to get ready for aggression that badly, it needs to start with preparing its territory for battle; the country needs to brace itself for war in general.
In that case, Poland would need to raise adequate troops in terms of numbers and combat strength and think of a plan to efficiently deploy troops to strategic sectors. This would require much more than building a single military base.
In other words, Warsaw would need to get the entire country and its armed forces ready for a full-scale war instead of resorting to half-measures. However, it seems that Poland has not yet started this process and has not even discussed it in fact.
As for deploying one brigade or division in eastern Poland, this seems to be a purely cosmetic gesture because it will not boost the country’s defenses significantly. What it will do, however, is further deteriorate relations with Moscow. There are no other foreseeable military or political gains that the current Polish plan can bring about.
But Poland’s fear of a hypothetical armed invasion of its territory by Russia can be explained otherwise. History has shown that on more than one occasion the Western allies of Poland were unprepared to provide it with any palpable help and support other than friendly advice. In September 1939, for example, neither Great Britain nor France did anything at all to help Warsaw reflect the act of aggression which Nazi Germany perpetrated against Poland.
That’s why a deployment of foreign troops on Polish territory could help reach a long-sought-after result as the government of Poland sees it. If a military conflict erupts then NATO forces, primarily US troops, would be involved in fighting, one way or another.
Such ideas have been circulating among politicians and the military in Warsaw for quite a while. In September, this year the Polish government came up with the idea of building a US military base in Poland, nicknamed “Fort Trump,” which it has been called unofficially ever since.
Today, the viability of a permanent military presence of the US in Poland is under discussion. There are currently about 3,000 US troops deployed in Poland on a rotation basis. Decision makers in Warsaw seem to think that bringing in American troops on a permanent basis will help improve security in the region.
Yet, another increase in NATO’s presence on Russia’s doorstep may in fact undermine stability as Moscow sees the growing military activities of the US-led alliance in eastern Europe as threat to national security.
Russia has repeatedly said that it’s not going to attack anyone but it has to protect its borders against any potential attack. It warned that if a US military base is built on the Polish territory, it will have to take countermeasures. The Kremlin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov was earlier quoted as saying that Russia would not turn a blind eye to “the breach of parity.”
By Mikhail Khodarenok, military commentator for Gazeta.ru
Mikhail Khodarenok is a retired colonel. He graduated from the Minsk Higher Engineering School of Anti-Aircraft Missile Defense (1976) and the Command Academy of the Air Defense Forces (1986). Commanding officer of the S-75 AA missile battalion (1980-1983). Deputy commanding officer of a SAM regiment (1986-1988). Senior officer at the High Command of the Air Defense Forces (1988–1992). Officer at the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces(1992–2000). Graduated from the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (1998). Worked as an analyst at Nezavisimaya Gazeta (2000-2003) and editor-in-chief of Voyenno-Promyshlennyi Kuriyer (2010-2015).
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 19, 2018 15:53:03 GMT -5
Putin Approves Military Doctrine of Union State - Order.
Sputnik RUSSIA 16:11 19.12.2018
The Union State of Russia and Belarus was established in 1996 with the intention of providing greater political, economic, and social integration between the two longstanding allies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the military doctrine of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, according to the order published on the website of the official web portal of legal information.
"To approve the draft Military Doctrine of the Union State submitted by the government of the Russian Federation," the text of the order read.
Earlier, the Russian President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow and Minsk continue to develop the format of the Union State, noting that Belarus is "our real ally".
Touching upon plans to expand the integration of the two countries, Peskov said that they are "conceptually singled out in the documents pertaining to the legal framework of the Union State".
At the same time, Peskov stressed that the unification of Russia and Belarus into one state is not being discussed.
The Union State of Russia and Belarus was established in 1996 with the intention of providing greater political, economic, and social integration.
In 2009, Moscow and Minsk signed an agreement on the joint protection of the Russia-Belarus Union State's airspace and the creation of an integrated regional air defence network.
Austria’s defence minister has said his nation will not be involved in the developing pan-European army, a pet project of leading globalists like Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron, saying the continent should concentrate on cooperation, not integration.
The comments from populist-right Freedom Party defence minister Mario Kunasek comes just weeks after French president Macron caused concerns among NATO allies by calling for a EU army to protect the continent from the United States, among other identified threats.
Speaking with the Austria Press Agency about achievements made by Austria during its now-completed possession of the rotating EU presidency and the future of European defence, Kunasek said Austria could not be part of a single EU army with a “command, a uniform, a leadership.”
Indeed, if the EU pushed through a single army regardless Austria would not “play” along, Kunasek saying the nation “will not be there.”
Europe needs “security and defence policy worthy of the name. But that is not comparable to a EU army… What we do not need is a large, closed formation of an army, but more cooperation,” said Kunasek.
Instead of integrating European armed forces into a single body, European leaders should look to cooperate more and utilise what strong defence structures already exist — such as NATO.
The minister said: “We all say yes to good, common structures, joint missions, joint exercises, cooperation and joint financing fund, but no to an EU army, as the citizen may imagine.”
“Many EU countries are NATO members. It would be illogical to build duplication. There will be strong cooperation with NATO in the future, but if we are serious about the EU, we need to think about common defence.”
The creation of a pan-European army was once dismissed as a febrile nightmare of British Eurosceptics, who heralded its coming as a clear sign of European integration that was working to subordinate the nations of Europe to a single federal superstate.
Former British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg dismissed warnings of a single EU army by Brexit leader Nigel Farage as “a dangerous fantasy” during a debate in April 2014. Fast-forward to 2017, over a year after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and member states signed up to a European Defence Union.
In November 2017, the unified EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said the bloc was working at “full speed” to create a “continental scale” defence force.
Globalist leaders Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel both turned up the rhetoric on creating an EU army in 2018. Germany called on France to give up their permanent seat on the UN security council — even as they campaigned to get their own seat — so EU headquarters Brussels could have it instead.
Meanwhile, France’s Macron used an event commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War to herald a Franco-German alliance that would in his opinion prevent the world descending into “chaos”. U.S. President Donald Trump reacted poorly to Macron’s plans, however, calling “insulting” Macron’s assertion that Europe needed a single army to defend itself from the United States.
Against all votes: NATO greets North Macedonia as 30th member despite failed accession referendum.
RT.com 6 Feb, 2019 17:28
The Balkan country of North Macedonia is set to officially become the 30th member of NATO on the back of a decades-long spat with Greece, a failed popular vote, and allegations that the US manipulated local politicians.
NATO and North Macedonia signed an accession protocol on Wednesday, meaning that the former Yugoslav republic will officially join the military bloc. Each member will now need to ratify the bid, but it is safe to say that the country’s 10-year accession saga is now over.
North Macedonia is the fourth Balkan country to join NATO following Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. The three states met no resistance while applying for membership, but Skopje did, largely because of the country’s name. Greeks have objected to Macedonia’s name since it ceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, because the country has a region of the same name.
Of course, there was no shortage of cheerful comments from NATO officials. “Your accession will bring more stability to the western Balkans. This is good for the region and for Euro-Atlantic security,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
However, experts told RT that they weren’t entirely convinced. “NATO has already absorbed the Baltics and much of eastern Europe,” said Sreeram Chaulia of India’s Jindal School of International Affairs. “They are placing missile-defense shields in Poland and Romania. They have a Cold War mindset and believe that more NATO expansion throughout Europe is necessary to contain Russia,” he suggested.
Pavel Kandel, a research fellow with Russia’s Institute of Europe, suggested Macedonia “is not a win but a loss for NATO militarily” because a country like this would become “a customer, not a contributor of security.” The bloc accepted Macedonia because it wants to control foreign policy in a country where a sizeable part of the population is sympathetic to Russia, he said.
Last summer, Skopje and Athens signed the Prespa agreement, under which the country’s name was changed to the Republic of North Macedonia, or North Macedonia for short. Greek lawmakers approved the deal despite widespread opposition from the public.
Back in Macedonia, pushing the name change through stirred a lot more controversy. Last October, some 90 percent said ‘Yes’ in the referendum, which had asked: “Are you for EU and NATO membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?” However, with an insufficient turnout of around 36 percent, the results were invalidated.
Somehow, Macedonia’s government – led by pro-Western Prime Minister Zoran Zaev – put the issue to a parliamentary vote, which took place despite the failed referendum. During this process, it emerged that the US was trying to force opposition MPs to vote in favor of joining NATO “to advance our shared strategic interests and secure a brighter future for your citizens among the European family of nations.”
Some opposition MPs decided to boycott the controversial vote, standing at the side of the room instead of taking their seats, and the ruling coalition barely secured the required 80 out of 120 votes to push the measure through. Commenting on the vote, the Russian Foreign Ministry maintained that it was rigged, claiming that eight votes had been secured “through blackmail, and threatening and bribing opposition deputies.”
Before the vote, some opposition MPs facing terrorism charges were reportedly offered amnesty if they voted with the ruling party to green-light the name-change process. This prompted accusations that the Western-backed Zaev was simply buying support.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2019 14:21:00 GMT -5
Poland rejects EU army, wants US & NATO help instead.
RT.com 15 Feb, 2019 19:23
Poland’s Foreign Minister has dismissed the idea of creating an EU army independent of NATO at the Munich Security Conference. Poland, he said, needs “an American presence” to compete with Russia.
Combining the military forces of the EU’s 28 member states has long been a dream of some EU leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron talked up the idea of building a “real European army” to protect Europeans from Russia, China, “and even the US” last year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave the idea a thumbs-up, stating that such an army would ensure “there will never again be war between European nations.” The plan also has the support of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
However, the EU is more divided than the cozy relationship between Macron and Merkel suggests. Macron’s vision was rubbished by neutral Austria’s defense minister, and by Dutch PM Mark Rutte. Now, the Polish government has also rejected the idea.
“When we start talking about creating a European army independent of NATO, I think we will have problems,” said Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. “For repelling the threats we face in central and eastern Europe, we need an American presence, and this is very important.”
Brexit plays a factor in Czaputowicz’ rejection. The UK is the world’s sixth-largest military power and would be a crucial member of any hypothetical EU army, if Britain were to remain an EU member and sign on to the plan.
“We will lose a very important partner in the EU, a second major army in Europe, a country, a nuclear power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council (when Britain leaves),” Czaputowicz added.
In defending itself against the perceived Russian threat, Poland has courted the United States. Polish President Andrzej Duda has offered to pay $2 billion towards setting up a permanent US armored division base in the country, going as far as suggesting that it could be named ‘Fort Trump.’
Poland also inked a $414 million deal on Wednesday to purchase the M142 HIMARS weapons system. The HIMARS system can launch rockets and tactical ballistic missiles, and has an operational range of 480 km. The deal was accompanied by a Pentagon statement that Poland and the US are “continuing discussions” regarding further US deployments on Polish soil.
The planned base raised the alarm in Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the Polish proposal a “sovereign decision,” but warned that “the consequences for the general atmosphere” in Europe would be “obvious.”
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, said on Friday that "The EU cannot take the role of NATO in providing security. It is impossible," adding “the efforts of the EU and NATO complement each other, and do not compete.”
Czaputowicz and Stoltenberg were speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference, a three-day event that brings 500 policymakers, diplomats and military figures to the German city to talk foreign policy and defense. The attendees this year include Merkel, Stoltenberg, US Vice-President Mike Pence, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 13, 2019 13:12:09 GMT -5
Presidents declare 1,000 extra US troops for Poland.
theNews.pl 12.06.2019 21:02
America will station around 1,000 extra troops in Poland, a staunch military ally fearful of Russia, under a declaration signed by the Polish and US presidents on Wednesday.
After meeting the Polish head of state, Andrzej Duda, during an official visit to Washington, US leader Donald Trump announced closer military and economic cooperation with Warsaw, hailing the dawn of an “exciting new era in the US-Polish alliance.”
The presidents’ declaration said that the American military presence in Poland would be stepped up “in the near future,” Polish state news agency PAP reported. The agency added that the United States currently has around 4,500 rotating troops in Poland.
Trump told reporters: “The Polish government will build these projects at no cost to the United States.”
Amid fears of Russian aggression, the authorities in Warsaw have been making intense efforts to secure boosted US troop numbers in Poland, which lies on the eastern flank of NATO.
The declaration signed by the two presidents on Wednesday included plans to set up an American divisional command in Poland responsible for US forces on the eastern flank of the Western military alliance, Polish Radio reported.
The state broadcaster added that a logistics base would also be created, along with units supporting special forces and the air force, as well as modern centres for training NATO troops.
Duda said on Wednesday that military cooperation between Poland and the United States would gradually increase.
'Very special alliance'
At a joint press conference with the Polish president on Wednesday, Trump hailed America’s “very special alliance” with Poland.
He said: “We usher in a very exciting new era in the US-Polish alliance. It’s a very special alliance with very special people.”
The US leader added: “Our relationship is an extraordinary one and it’s going to remain that for a long, long time.”
Trump also said that economic relations between the United States and Poland were thriving.
“Across many critical areas from defence and diplomacy to energy and economics, the alliance between the US and Poland is reaching extraordinary new heights in 2019,” he added.
Following Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014, NATO decided at a Warsaw summit in July 2016 to deploy four rotating multinational battalions to Poland and the Baltic states.
Distrustful of Russia, its giant neighbour to the east, Poland has in recent months been engaged in a flurry of diplomatic activity aiming to secure more US troops, a move it sees as a vital security guarantee.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 14, 2019 11:24:42 GMT -5
then US troops shouldn't be there
Bulgaria: Bulgarian, Serbian, US troops hold joint drills on Black Sea coastline.
Ruptly Jun 13, 2019
Bulgarian, Serbian, and US troops held joint military drills near the city of Shabla, northeast Bulgaria on Thursday, as part of US European Command's Joint Exercise Program, during which they tested out jets, helicopters, missiles and various systems. Taking place on the Black Sea coast, the drills were reportedly supervised by the Russian navy.
The troops were filmed practicing shooting from air-to-sea, ground-to-ground, and ground-to-sea. In the process, many army machinery and systems were used, such as, MiG-29 & SU-25 combat jets, Mi-24 helicopters,'S-125 Neva surface-to-air missiles, 2K12 Kub mobile surface-to-air missile system as well as S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, who was one of the many officials supervising the drills on Thursday, said, "the conclusion drawn from the shooting of the Bulgarian and the US and Serbian troops, is that we have to live in peace and not in war, because we will fight and people will die."
Deputy Ambassador of the USA in Bulgaria Justin Friedman was also present, along with a Serbian delegation lead by its Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.
Greatest War Machine Company in the World! Rostec Posts Record Profits in 2019!
Vesti News Jul 7, 2019
Today, the exhibition center of Patriot Park, which is in the town of Kubinka outside of Moscow, hosted the closure of the major international military and technical forum, Army 2019. 1,300 enterprises presented their latest defense solutions. Over 100 foreign delegations participated in the forum. One of the largest expositions was arranged by the state-owned corporation Rostec. The enterprises within the corporation demonstrated over 1,000 samples of weaponry, military and special equipment: tanks, infantry combat vehicles, helicopters and drones artillery systems, new types of small arms, communication equipment, and many more.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 20, 2019 11:42:34 GMT -5
Six countries to participate in military drills in Russia.
Xinhua| 2019-08-20 19:30:45|Editor: ZX
MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Military contingents from China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will take part alongside Russian servicemen in the major Tsentr-2019 (Center-2019) drills to be held on Sept. 16-21 in Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
The Tsentr-2019 strategic command and staff drills are the final stage of a set of combat exercises of the Russian Armed Forces this year, it said in a statement.
The drills will include maneuvers on combating international terrorism and ensuring military security in Central Asia, the statement said.
A total of 128,000 troops, more than 20,000 units of weapons and military hardware, about 600 aircraft and up to 15 ships and support vessels will be involved in the drills to be held on eight training ranges in Russia, as well as in the Caspian Sea.
Some episodes of combat against illegal armed groups will be practiced on training ranges in foreign countries, the ministry said.
Previous Tsentr exercises were held in 2008, 2011 and 2015.
The Tsentr-2015 exercises involved 95,000 troops, 7,000 units of weapons and military hardware, up to 170 aircraft and 20 ships. Military contingents from Kazakhstan and Nicaragua took part in the 2015 drills.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 23, 2019 16:42:14 GMT -5
Putin Hosts Joint Exercises With Asian Allies! Latest Drills Deploy More Than 128,000 Soldiers!
Vesti News Sep 23, 2019
On Monday, the year's largest military exercises began in Russia - Tsentr-2019. For six days straight, battle tasks were carried out on land, in the sea, and the air by 128,000 soldiers, more than 20,000 units of military equipment, 600 aircraft, and battleships. These maneuvers differed from previous times because seven Asian countries were also involved - India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and China. Notably, China's participation was personally decided by Xi Jinping, the leader of the PRC.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5