Nov 25, 2022
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The ghost of a great war in Europe

EU/NATO prepare program for rapid movement of troops and equipment from West to East

November was marked by a series of announcements regarding our immediate future. To summarize these speeches, what is happening in Ukraine begins to look like the threshold of a global military crisis.

It all started with the fact that on November 4, the head of the strategic command of the US Armed Forces, Charles Richard, said: “The Ukrainian conflict we are currently in just a warm up. A big crisis is coming. And not much time will pass, and we will pass a test of strength, which we have not experienced for a long time“, conveys his words Wall Street Magazine.

At the time of this statement, the map of the intensity of air flights of NATO countries to the Polish Rzeszow airfield near the border of the Union State of Russia and Belarus looked like this:

These are flights in just one month – from October 1 to November 1. Rzeszow is the central hub for the supply of Western military equipment, weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. On November 7, Poland announced that it would expand NATO’s presence in the country. In the town of Powidz, American hangars, warehouses, and a fuel base will appear. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak acknowledged that a US combat aviation brigade armed with attack helicopters is already stationed there. Apache.

On November 14, it became known that Germany is preparing a plan for war with Russia. This was reported Mirrorreferring to the confidential document “Operational Manual for the Armed Forces”, signed by the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces Eberhard Zorn.

On November 15, the French media reported that “France begins preparations for a large-scale, high-intensity war“. In 2023, Paris will host the largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. The French General Staff say that this is due to “changing geostrategic situation” as well as “the prospect of a major conflicta”. According to General Yves Meteyer, who is responsible for organizing operations in the French armed forces, all the resources of the army will be mobilized.

On November 16, the head of British counterintelligence MI5 called Russia the main threat: “The UK faces serious security threats from the trio of Russia, China and Iran, who use coercion, intimidation and even violence on foreign soil to achieve their interests.” According to McCallum, there is a risk that Moscow, Beijing and Tehran can help each other by “multiplying their forces.”

Japan is seriously building up its missile arsenal. This can be seen from the report of experts presented to Prime Minister Fumio Kishide.

General Karel Rzheshka, Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, urged to prepare for war with Russia in a speech at a meeting of Czech army commanders. “Many of the weapons systems that are destroying Ukraine today will also reach our territory,” therefore, the Czech army must prepare for large-scale wars against a superior enemy, said General K. Rzheshka; if a conflict arises between Russia and NATO, the Czech Armed Forces will become its active participant from the first minute.

In November, it became known that the EU was preparing a program of “military mobility” – the adaptation of civilian infrastructure and legal procedures for the transfer of troops to the east of Europe. The UK is also joining the EU project. Josep Borrell says the “military mobility” program will lead to even closer cooperation between the EU and NATO. According to him, it is imperative for Europe to quickly adapt the infrastructure to the rapid movement of troops and equipment, mainly from west to east. A separate task is to simplify and speed up the procedures for obtaining documents for the transfer of military assets from country to country (currently it takes 5 days, which, according to the European military, is “too long”).

In the context of all these statements, we recall the words of Henry Kissinger at the end of May: “Peace talks must begin within the next two months, otherwise there will be turmoil, tensions that will not be easy to overcome. Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the previous state of affairs. I believe that the continuation of the war after this point would turn it not into a war for the freedom of Ukraine, which was undertaken by NATO in a spirit of great unity, but into a war against Russia itself.”

Head photo: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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