"We do not want to raise a panic and to sound the alarm, we're just wondering what is the logic of deployment" — so a European diplomat said Le Monde carried out in the former Leningrad military district reform of the armed forces.
According to the publication, in the Leningrad region on the border with the three Baltic States in 2009-2010, there is an unprecedented concentration of troops and military equipment. According to the internal memo of NATO, "Leningrad military district — the only one where the reform of the armed forces has increased the size of the armed forces" with 16,500 people in 2009 to 25,700 in 2010, the newspaper said.
The note also lists a series of "large-scale troop movements," and reported that the 26th Missile Brigade in Luga was the first combat unit to receive on arms missiles SS-26 Iskander-M with nuclear warheads.
And from the Moscow region closer to St. Petersburg were transferred missile systems S-300 and S-400, reinforced antitankovye units increased by 50% composition of 336 Naval Infantry Brigade. "This confirms the idea of focusing on the Russian effort to show the muscles in the north-western flank — the correspondent Natalie Nugayred. — Of course, no one in NATO is not seriously think that Russia began to concentrate troops on the border with the Baltic states, planning an invasion! "But the situation is paradoxical, the European diplomat said:" The Russian side has repeatedly told that "real" of its security problems arise in the East , with the growth of China, not in the West. "
These searches Russia "the answer" to the "provocation" of NATO — missile shield in Poland — are political. However, this trend contributes to uncertainty surrounding the fate of the CFE Treaty, from which Russia unilaterally withdrew at the end of 2007. According to experts, Moscow no longer considers it necessary to follow the rules that restrict the movement of its forces in the north-western borders of the Caucasus. Finally, the publication concludes that "the security architecture in Europe is a big construction site."