WW3 Alert: Russia, NATO Closer To War As Heads Urged To Become More Ruthless

WW3 Alert: Russia, NATO Closer To War As Heads Urged To Become More Ruthless
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fired shots from M1A1 Abrams tanks at Adazi Training Area, Latvia, Nov. 6, 2014. They fired one shot for each of the Baltic states, and then a culminating shot with all three tanks firing together as a symbol of solidarity and partnership with the NATO countries. The Soldiers and their tanks are part of the U.S. Army Europe-led Operation Atlantic Resolve land force assurance training taking place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to enhance multinational interoperability, strengthen relationships among allied militaries, contribute to regional stability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angela Parady.) Sgt. Angela Parady / Wikimedia Commons

NATO has sown the seeds of war after its summit in Warsaw last July. As the alliance made it clear that it is moving into Russia’s opposition, a top NATO commander has urged member leaders to become sterner, swifter, and more prepared for war. Should the world brace itself for the next World War?


Russia -NATO War Coming Closer

Russia and NATO have been at odds with each other, so tensions are expected to escalate into military confrontation. However, as opposed to what NATO and the U.S. have been advocating, some analysts see that the real reason for the brewing war is the West’s inability to accept Russia in the global stage.

“The roots of the ongoing Russia-‘West’ rivalry lie in the inability of the latter to accommodate the former as an equal partner on the global stage. Their historical mutual distrust and fundamental differences over the global strategic balance finally culminated in the Ukrainian standoff,” claimed Rajorshi Roy for Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

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“The West’s imposition of economic sanctions and attempts to isolate Russia in the global arena have reinforced Russia’s suspicions about the US-led ‘Western’ strategy to contain it in its own neighborhood.”

Nonetheless, Russia sees NATO as a crucial factor for pursuing its “Western” agenda, which can be seen in how the alliance has been expanding its eastern footprints. While Russia and the United States have agreed to work in Syria, many still see limited cooperation to risk management and tactical cooperation on tackling terrorism, not about easing their political and military tensions.

Heads Urged to be More Ruthless

In fact, a top NATO general said that NATO member politicians should be quicker in making decisions about countering Russia. General Denis Mercier, head of the Allied Command for Transformation (ACT), said that it has been difficult securing consensus from NATO political leaders on countering Russia, which is quite the opposite with their military counterparts.

“It’s one of the lessons from Ukraine,” RT quoted Gen Mercier. “High responsiveness relies on two points. On the military side it relies on the ability to operate very quickly. But it also relies on responsiveness in political decisions.”

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