British troops along with other NATO forces could be deployed in Eastern Europe on the border with Russia in the framework of the plan for the prevention of the invasion of Moscow. Defence Ministers of NATO countries gathered in Brussels, intend on 10 February to discuss a new plan to strengthen the Baltic States, and Central and southern Europe against the destabilizing techniques of hybrid war or a full-scale occupation by Russian troops. It comes to placement of units in 500-1000 people in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, writes the British The Daily Telegraph.
Apparently aimed at the Russian border units will include a large number of American, British and German military. This should explain to the Kremlin that any «interference in Ukrainian style» will cause a sharp reaction from the Western powers.
Deployed units will have mobile groups of missiles «ground — air» and reinforced with gunships and helicopters. They are part of the plan, which must expand intelligence capabilities, and ensure the rapid deployment of front-line divisions from Western Europe in case of an emergency. They must also ensure the protection of the most vulnerable countries — members of NATO.
The details of the plan, expected to be agreed this week, while the exact number involved to run the military and the country, which will provide military presence, will be announced later.
«The most important thing to be achieved is the presence on the land. If Russia knew that any attempt to do something against the Baltic States, Poland, Romania or Bulgaria will quickly run into the opposition of the British, American or German troops,» says a source in NATO.
As noted, this plan is a compromise, since some policies, particularly in Poland, are calling for measures, such taken in the years of the cold war, when tens of thousands of American soldiers and heavy weapons were constantly on the supposed front line.
The deployment of NATO forces in these regions almost inevitably be seen by Kremlin as a provocation and proof of an unfriendly intervention of Washington, the article notes. Sir Adam Thomson, British Ambassador to NATO, agrees that this is a step «back to the future». According to him, this return to the fundamental NATO principle of collective defence, but with a modern twist.
«NATO takes a more dramatic position than ever since the end of the cold war, to increase the level of preparedness in the East and, if necessary, in the South, but does exactly what is needed,» he says.
As noted by The Independent, at the same time the leadership of the Alliance intends to discuss measures such as the establishment of arsenals in Eastern Europe. The U.S. has already increased four times the budget of its European group (3.4 billion dollars) and announced that half of these funds will be spent on the creation of heavy brigades of armored vehicles and artillery. Britain sends in the Baltic States five ships and more than 530 seafarers.
«The increase in our occupancy in NATO sends a strong signal to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat and defend our allies. In 2016 special attention will be paid to the Baltic region», — quotes the Russian RIA «Novosti» statement by the Minister of defence of the United Kingdom Michael Fallon on this issue.
Earlier, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said that it expected all member States of the Alliance that they agree with the need for decisive action. The U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Fierce denied that the steps discussed are a provocation to Russia or violate existing between Moscow and the Alliance agreement. «It’s not an aggressive step. NATO troops never invaded the last time,» he said.
Earlier it was reported that in the Baltic sea and the far North continues to increase Russian threat to the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Sweden. This was stated by the commander of land forces of the Swedish army, major General Anders Brannstrom. In his opinion, Russia could attack Sweden within the next «several years».
To forestall Russian aggression, NATO could deploy a thousand soldiers in Europe 10.02.2016