Deepening tensions between U.S. allies, NATO, and Russia could be the cause of the largest military buildup along the Russian border since the cold war took place.
Allied governments were asked by NATO to send whatever troops and equipment they had available to support the effort. Reuters wrote that thousands of troops should be expected to arrive within the coming days and weeks.
According to various reports, Italy, France, Denmark along with various other European states are expected to join the call to NATO military efforts led by the U.S along Russia’s border.
Just Wednesday, it was announced by Britain that they are sending hundreds of soldiers and hardware to the Russian border as a part of a greater military deployment.
With a total of 800 troops, drones, and tanks that are moving to Estonia, it is no wonder as to why this is being considered the biggest establishments of troops along the Russian borders in decades.
On top of the allocated forces for this specific military operation, NATO has an army of over 40,000 men ready to be called to arms at a moments notice.
This military action is supposed to work as a means to deter the Russian military from action however it is quite obvious that the move itself will work similar to adding fuel to a fire that is already burning. We will surely see the tensions continue to rise as the build-up escalates.
This is a credible deterrence, not to provoke a conflict but to prevent conflict,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, mentioning no reference to how this very act could actually escalate tensions, or possibly provoke Russia.
The so-called Iskander-M cruise missiles can hit targets across Poland and the Baltics, although NATO refuses to say if Russia had moved nuclear warheads to Kaliningrad.
The United States’ envoy to NATO, Douglas Lute told reporters that NATO and the US military may consider Russia a threat if they had nuclear weapons within range of NATO’s deployment. However, with the United States moving in closer to Russia we have to wonder how this would be a provocation to them when they are the ones deploying troops to Russia’s border?
“This deployment, if it becomes permanent if the presence of nuclear weapons were confirmed, would be a change in (Russia’s) security posture,” Lute said.
If anything, wouldn’t NATO and the US military actually be the ones who were moving towards a threatening position towards Russia?
The rising tensions began taking place as a result of the war in Syria. We have seen the Western world once again funding rebel armies to fight for regime change in the Middle East, however, what is different in this instance is that Russia also has ties to the area and an interest in holding the reins in their control. Up until recently, Russia and the U.S had gone back in forth by use of third party intermediaries, much like the first cold war, however, as the tensions have risen quickly, it appears that the two superpowers could now be taking things to the next level.