Russia and NATO have been flexing muscles in the European region, prompting concerns across the globe. The continued show of forces has pushed tensions high, with some predicting a new Cold War around the corner. Will Russia push NATO into war?
Russia and NATO Push War
NATO warned that Russia is looking to invade some of its member states. Relations between the two parties were strained following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The Kremlin’s relationship with the United States also suffered, the latter also a NATO ally.
Now, a team of NATO experts have reached Latvia before the scheduled deployment of a Canadian-led battalion in the former Soviet region. Likewise, it was reported that a similar thousand-strong NATO unit under German command will be sent to Lithuania, which is Latvia’s neighbor.
According to Sputnik, the decision to send combat battalions in the Baltic countries and Poland is in line with NATO’s initiative to build forces near Russia’s border. Previously, mobilization from Russia have alarmed NATO. The alliance sent out a statement following its Warsaw summit, saying it will be committing more troops to deter “Russian aggression.”
However, Russia has been preparing for a similar thing. The country continues to pour resources to the modernization of its military. According to National Interest, Russia is maintaining a diverse fleet of bombers that are highly capable.
“The Russian military today maintains a diverse fleet of bombers capable of carrying heavier payloads and flying at faster speeds than the Tu-95. However, the venerable Bear remains well adapted to the job of hauling heavy cruise missiles and keeping a watchful eye over the Pacific and Atlantic—especially when being discreet is not merely unnecessary for the mission, but contrary to its purpose,” the report said.