The State Duma and the Federation Council responded to the words of the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbass Oleksiy Arestovich that NATO exercises Defender Europe 2021 are necessary to practice the war with Russia.
Arestovich said that the alliance has already begun to pull forces and transfer them, as well as organize logistics issues, and the main goal is the Balkans and Crimea.
According to State Duma deputy Ruslan Balbek, with such statements Kiev is trying to demonstrate its importance and convince citizens that NATO has formed groups precisely for the sake of Ukraine and “is preparing to fight on all fronts.”
The MP called NATO a huge bureaucratic machine, and holding military exercises is another way to make money on providing troops. In his opinion, it is naive on the part of Kiev to believe that European allies will fight for the interests of President Volodymyr Zelensky, reports RT.
Crimean MP Mikhail Sheremet also added that after such a statement, the West will not be able to deny the aggressive nature of the alliance. He called on NATO to “read well the history of the Great Patriotic War” before starting any military steps towards Russia, RIA Novosti reports.
Senator from Crimea, member of the international committee of the Federation Council Sergei Tsekov, in turn, compared Ukraine with a free military training ground for the West. He expressed the opinion that the enemy of Kiev is not Moscow, but the current leadership of Ukraine, which has led the country into confusion and chaos. He called on “military experts” like Arestovich to moderate their ardor towards Russia. “