MASSIVE RUSSIAN, NATO WARGAMES SET TO BEGIN AMID MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS OF PROVOCATION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


MASSIVE RUSSIAN, NATO WARGAMES SET TO BEGIN AMID MUTUAL ACCUSATIONS OF PROVOCATION

As the two old, cold war adversaries, Russia and NATO, prepare to begin massive war games to show off their respective military strengths, it was the UK's turn to accuse Russia first of "testing the West" by conducting war games on NATO’s eastern flank in its biggest military exercise in four years. Speaking on BBC's “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia's exercise "is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong. Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We’re seeing a more aggressive Russia. We have to deal with that."

In a testament to our hyperbolic times, Fallon's statement also contained just a "little bit" of fake news: while Fallon said that more than 100,000 Russian and Belorussian troops are at the borders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization members, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said last month that the so-called Zapad 2017 exercise Sept. 14-20 involves 13,000 troops, and that the drills are “purely of a defensive nature" according to Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO, having outlived its usefulness, post World War II, seems to have had to conjure up a bogeyman to justify its existence in the 21st century, and seems to have settled upon Russia as the "villain du jour" right now.

But looking at troop movements recently, in which NATO troops literally have Russia surrounded, any stupid miscalculation, any miscommunication, could trigger a shooting war which thinking people in Europe or Russia wants at all.

Let's collectively cross our fingers that things go precisely as planned, and that there is no "volatility" as a result of these Russian war games.

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