Russia has been perceived as a threat to global security as it continues to mobilize its troops. While the country denies preparing for war, the United States and allies remain convinced that it is only a matter of time before the world encounters a Russian attack. Is Russia the West’s worst nightmare?
Russian Troops on High Alert
Russia is on high alert like it’s preparing for war. In fact, the Defense Ministry said it will be testing the readiness of its troops to respond to emerging crises, thus units like the Air Force, Airborne Troops and the Navy’s Northern Fleet have been placed under high alert.
“According to the decision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces [President Vladimir Putin], a regular snap exercise begins today,” RT quoted Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu the previous week.
“Troops in the Southern Military District, some units of the Western and Central Military Districts, as well as the Northern Fleet, the Air Force and the Airborne Troops, are to be put on full alert starting from 7.00am [local time],” added the minister.
According to reports, the exercises will conclude around August 31. As part of this, the deputy defense minister leading the military-to-military cooperation was instructed to notify foreign defense attachés of the war games.
Another report from National Interest suggests that while Russia is trying to provoke the United States, it may not be a good idea for the latter to wage war with the former. This is considering that China seems to be on the same page and on friendly terms with Russia.
“In any case, the war would start on the initiative of either Moscow or Beijing. The United States enjoys the benefits of the status quo in both areas, and generally (at least where great powers are concerned) prefers to use diplomatic and economic means to pursue its political ends. While the U.S. might create the conditions for war, Russia or China would pull the trigger,” the report said.