The closer Russia-Belarus exercises "West-2017», the more tantrums in the NATO countries. The reason is that the maneuvers will be held near the "Suwalki corridor", from which the seizure, according to the Pentagon, and war breaks out between the Alliance and Russia. These fears are frankly stupid, though they tried to play even Ukraine.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that the objective of the joint Russian-Belarusian maneuvers "West -2017» is «to check the readiness of troops to conduct large-scale operations under severe time constraints to prepare them." It is planned to work out "the creation of the Kaliningrad corridor that in actual operation is not possible without the aggression against Lithuania and Poland." This is not just "aggressive policy", it is "working out offensive," insists Turchinov.
Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the negative comments about the planned for the fall of the Russian-Belarusian maneuvers reflect the desire to break the military and political unity between Moscow and Minsk.
The joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises "West-2017» will be held from 14 20 of September at several landfills in Belarus, but to attract unhealthy attention began to advance deep. The first in this regard made by the Belarusian opposition, and their Lithuanian popularizers, who decided that through these exercises "Russia has occupied Belarus." Ostensibly Russian troops will drop into the territory of an independent state and will not go there (why should they be necessary, is not explained). But it is not interesting, but the fact that Minsk for the first time in history began to refute this nonsense to the defense minister level, and Russia - at the level of ambassador in Minsk Aleksandra Surikova.
It did not work. Brad gradually migrated to the US propaganda resources of the "Voice of America".
Meanwhile, teaching "the West" are conducted on a regular basis - once every two years, alternately in the territory of one of the countries of the Union State. There is nothing extraordinary in them there had never been, but every time someone from western neighbors telling frightened. Last time, in a fit of Poland fought, now it was the turn of Lithuania. Turchinov is now just catching up Lithuanian fears, although much much more - President Dalia Grybauskaitė remembers these exercises once every three days, and the local press is full of texts with titles such as "occupation or invasion?". No middle ground - and this is in Lithuanian.
By the way, the Belarusian side - for the first time in history - officially invited observers from NATO exercises, which also led to an unhealthy interest. Press treats this as an attempt by Lukashenko "play it safe" on the invasion itself. Meanwhile, a few months ago, Moscow has invited herself to these exercises personally the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, and this invitation was accepted. And in March, while in Vilnius, the US commander of ground forces in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges and supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Curtis Skaparotti asked the Russian side to provide "greater transparency" exercises. And no one spoke against. Welcome!
Another thing is that personal treatment is the highest NATO officials to Moscow, not in Minsk (this year's exercises, recall, will be carried out exactly in Belarus), caused a feeling of "inequality" for the Union. They say that the West considers Russia a dominant, and Lukashenka is possible and not to pay attention. Not the fact that this was done deliberately, but in the West seriously believe that between Moscow and Minsk is going on some sort of conflict, which can be played.
about the "occupation" Hence the talk. In Latvia, some experts estimate that Russia "will deliver to Belarus four thousand wagons with soldiers." It is not clear where they got this figure and why the cars, but it's Latvia. There is not and can come up with are still convinced that the Russian army moves, as in World War II - echelons of 120 teplushek each. In Lithuania, however, still remain sane people, who know that Russia and Belarus - is a unified military space, whose headquarters is in Moscow on Leningradsky Prospekt. And in all matters, including those concerning the arrival of observers, a letter should be send to this address.
The main "war argument" fear in the past two years has become a hypothetical land corridor long 64 kilometers - "Suwalki corridor" that the Pentagon earnestly considered the most vulnerable point in the NATO defense. According to the miscalculations of US military analysts, is a direct route from Belarus (from Grodno) in the Russian Kaliningrad region, so that Russian troops first of all have to rush it there. Kaliningrad exclave connect to the "mainland", so it is surrounded by Lithuania and all the Baltic states - are cut off from NATO on the ground (they seem to have counted on the globe).
At the Pentagon, like invent the operational abbreviations for all, which reaches up to the idea of their analysts. I am born the term "IC corridor" from Suwalki Gap. It does not matter that the historical region Suvalkija - it's wild forests, lakes and marshes, the most deserted area in Poland with poor infrastructure, running the Polish-Lithuanian and hamlets with a population still living memory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A National Park Wigry - a bison, wild boar and deer, "the last thicket of Europe", about which show movies accessible to American analysts channel National Geographic. There are no roads at all, especially directly from Grodno to Suwalki and Olsztyn.
But now it's all in the minds of American generals: Suwalki Gap must be defended to the last Polish zholnezha, ie soldiers who are there, by the way, is not on the same geographical reason and wild forest guards, entertain hunters for deer, do not count.
By the way, between Lithuania and Poland enough unresolved territorial issues. But if Warsaw continues to consider Vilnius (Vilna) and Vilnius region historically its then Lithuania claims it to Suwalki (in Lithuanian vowelling Suvalkiai), where the population has historically also been mixed.
Lithuanians consider the starting point for the onset of the mythical "Suwalki corridor" Dobrovolsky landfill - the only major military training ground in the Kaliningrad region, and carefully watch over what military resources to arrive. But in the Kaliningrad region has no other polygons are suitable for large-scale exercises, including the use of aircraft.
In Vilnius even recognize that there is no data on the accumulation of Russian forces in the range Dobrovolsky not, but still panic. Already on high alert, we see not only the Lithuanian army (after the restoration of compulsory military service is about 10 thousand people), but also the Dutch-German-Norwegian battalion of NATO troops stationed in Lithuania on a permanent basis. In addition, the United States in the summer are going to place temporarily in Lithuania SAM "Patriot", which is clearly timed precisely to the teachings of the "West-2017».
Of course, it is strange that the Pentagon still think in terms of the World in pathological addiction to all high-tech. No one even does not occur, that the tanks are not held in Suwalki woods, and after establishing control over this godforsaken territory it will have to defend a wide front. Warsaw to take the easier, faster and more reliable if you talk in terms of fronts and army groups, that somehow and do at the Pentagon in the XXI century. Yet you can walk to the "Armata" from Medininkai border post via Vilnius, Kaunas and Kaišiadorys to Marijampole, that is, until the same border of the Kaliningrad region. Moreover, this route is preferable to yield to the Soviet-Pagegiai (historic Tilsit), because it does not need to cross the Niemen. Tilsit because can bridge and blow up.
Such a state of mind at the Pentagon inspires sadness. With Lithuanians bribes are smooth, but their older brother should be somewhat wiser. In any case, access to the teachings of the NATO observers and personally Jens Stoltenberg will be provided. And who's more panic - Balts or American generals who invent from scratch "Russia's strategic plans" to be clear closer to the fall. That is, the teachings of which will take place in the normal mode, as always were.