Tensions have been high between Russia and NATO, prompting concerns that there could be a new war escalating soon. In fact, NATO has been increasing its presence in Eastern Europe for the past years that could only hint that it is really gearing up for a war-like scenario.
Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, President of the International Center of Geopolitical Analysis, said that NATO could be linked to preparations that almost suggest that a war could soon take place. In fact, the alliance bolstered its presence in Eastern Europe 13 times for the past few years.
According to Pravda, Ivashov said that: “if data on Russia-NATO power balance at the Western direction is analyzed, as well as military activity build-up rate at our borders, scale of combat equipment deployment, if the grade of Russia’s demonetization is estimated, one can say that preparation to a real war is taking place. As such acts are usually undertaken at the forefront of a war.”
The expert also said that the United States appear to be willing to do everything it takes to ignite conflict and military confrontation pushing Europe, Turkey and Russia against each other.
NATO’s Operations Doubled
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, in fact, confirmed that NATO activity just near Russia’s borders has “more than doubled.”
“Now NATO and the US have deployed about 1,200 pieces of military equipment, including 30 combat jets, as well as more than 1,000 soldiers on the territories of the Eastern European countries on a rotational basis. The US navy ships as well as military vessels of other NATO members regularly enter the Baltic and Black Seas,” RT quoted Shoigu during the session of the Russian Defense Ministry Board that involved participation from Russia’s top military command.
“On May 12, an Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense complex became operational in Romania,” added Shoigu. The official noted that the complex could also serve as a platform to launch Tomahawk missiles.