Teachings in front of borders, or you want peace …

The Roman historian Cornelius Nepos decades before modern times has identified common and simple principle: if you want peace — prepare for war. From the time of Nepos's been two thousand years, and the phrase until now has not lost its relevance. On the contrary, in the second half of the XX century, it acquired a "second life". Then cool war ended and started a relatively peaceful period of history. Yet, the country continues to prepare for possible war and train its troops. Laudatory endeavor. Unless, of course, it is not at odds with one's interests.

Teachings in front of borders, or you want peace ...

In the middle of a hypothetical war to other countries are preparing NATO. In the zone of interests of the Alliance includes vast areas in large parts of the planet. Because of this, the interests and intentions of the North Atlantic can be crossed with other people. In respect of the Russian Federation it is shown in the permanent military activities near its borders. First, it is worth recalling the international campaign for the control of Baltic air space. A couple of years back, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and NATO agreed that the terrain of the first 3 will be based fighters of the Alliance. The aim of such co-operation was called the region's security. Joint patrols have been carried out for a couple years, and then they were going to collapse. But in February of this year, the Council NATO made arrangements with the management of the Baltic states to extend the mission. In this case, now is a question of finding a life-long aircraft. How would a good beginning — duty air space, security, etc. But there is a fair and logical question: from whom NATO and the Baltic states are going to protect Europe, being on the border with Russia? Obviously not from North Korea, Iran or other "unreliable regimes".

Along the way, from combat duty in the Baltic countries NATO sometimes carry out different exercises in the region. Spring and summer of this year stood out the most "fruitful" for teaching. In the first days of May were naval exercises Baltic Fortress, 2012. During these maneuvers warships Alliance and the Baltic states worked through interaction in a complex situation. Among other, there have been several shootings, has also done a wide corridor in the educational minefield. Slightly later, from 14 to 25 May, the Baltic Sea has become an arena for the exercise Open Spirit 2012. As the purpose of the exercise training again been named the interaction of ships in international transactions and things like that. Now the last naval maneuvers in the Baltic region were at the beginning of June to the month. In the process of teaching Baltops 1 to June 16, Baits and NATO members jointly produced landing air and sea assault on the coast and just working together against them. It should be noted that except for ships NATO and the Baltic States "Baltops-2012" participated Russian BDK "Kaliningrad". Protection of amphibious ships project produced cruiser Ticonderoga USS Normandy. Probably should not again talk about the teachings of the stated purposes.

One day earlier Baltic Fortress Kevadtorm 2012 began teaching in 2012. During the past about 4 thousand soldiers and officers of NATO and the Baltic states were trained to produce ground operations in the Baltic to the criteria of the Estonian countryside. The smallness of the latest maneuvers were held under the title of Saber Strike. They took over the role of 2-thousand troops from eight countries. The stated goal of "Beat swords" — testing the interaction of the various armies during ground operations "for peace." Finally, in late May on the ground of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were held exercises Baltic Region Training Event XII. Under the direction of the Joint Air Command NATO Air Force Alliance and the Baltic states held a training offensive. One of the main strike force during the event were A-10 attack aircraft.

As we see, less than two months in the Baltic region were 6 measures of a military nature. Based only on their quantity, we can draw conclusions about any evil plans NATO relative to the Baltic coast and the Surrounding areas. And yet it must be noted that all these maneuvers from Baltic Fortress 2012 and ending Baltops, are elements of one large training. If a closer look at the objectives of each activity, you can see a fascinating pattern: in at least some of them are perfected or other parts of the normal operations of NATO forces from air attack before landing on the coast and the next coming of the land. It turns out that all NATO members and the Baltic states only had some great exercises for the convenience of dividing them into several large the least. This fact needs to be seen "justify" only comparable to a large number of transactions. As for their present purposes, there is the presence of relatively large maneuvers plans not get off.

First comes to mind about the development of the latest version of the terrain. Baltic Sea and the coast of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for several decades have been closed for the military alliance. Of course, having access to this region, they did not fail to acclimate there and conduct exercises. In the end, the soldiers, officers and generals must be able to act not only in the area where placed their part. Here are just a constant exercises in the Baltic leads to bad thoughts. It creates enduring memories that NATO command the region — something more, if just a good testing ground for developing joint action units. With a little bit of a big probability it can be argued that in some places in the vaults of the Alliance commanders are documents with terrain features and tips on how to specifically not step in the Baltic. Such documents would be published in the times of war cool. Now there was a beautiful opportunity to test an old guesswork and make adjustments to the plan of attack.

Yet, this is only a hypothesis. The official statements of the NATO command monotonous and dry: execution of tricks coming, interaction forces and so on, and so similar. Against the background of these statements looks curious position of Russia: in practice, the exercises are held in unsafe proximity to its borders. But the military and political leadership of the country reacts to them, to put it mildly, restrained, and even just pretends not to notice. How not to remember the reaction of England or the land of the rising sun in the lumen of Russian bombers near their borders? If you take into account the characteristics of the diplomatic "etiquette", the statement of London and Tokyo regarding missile can be called uniform hysteria. Moscow, in turn, chooses not to spoil his own style and scandals "rovnenky on the spot." It appears at the top have some information that allows you to not worry about the activity NATO in the Baltic. At the same time, the lack of violent statements by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs may sometimes not look completely normal. A number of political scientists, military professionals and ordinary people believe that every doctrine must close our borders "comment" by diplomatically notes. Yes, almost anyone of any such documents are not binding, but the need to mark their position and defend it. In this worldview, there is a reasonable grain. Only under certain circumstances, a protest against the maneuvers may look exactl
y like, for example, February's indignation about the Land of the Rising Sun lumen Russian bombers. It is unlikely that it will benefit the country style. So look at the teachings of what is called, through the fingers is not the bad old course of action.

So unnecessary hysteria Baltic region are needed. At times, there can be heard the statement about the evil neighbor in the face of, which hopes to become a major in the Baltic States and for that, namely, increasing military forces in the Kaliningrad region. Most freshest expression to this effect were made on June 18 in Vilnius. At the conference "Eastern Partners: Current Challenges and Future Prospects" held in the framework of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Lithuanian Defense Minister R. Jukneviciene once again accused Russia of trying to militarize the region. In the light of the teachings of May and June, these words look very interesting. Previously, these statements were made by representatives of governments of Latvia and Estonia. At times, they echo the NATO countries. But because of the so-called "reset" by the same United States, such statements sound quite rare. At least, less often, than from the Baltic countries.

The principle of "if you want peace — prepare for war" is used extensively not only the North Atlantic Alliance. Our homeland is also conducting exercises. But, although stimulate another round of "revelations" and protests that Russian military friction to a decent distance from the border. For example, most of the events during last year's exercise "Union Shield" (joint actions of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) took place at the sites of the Volga region. As for the naval maneuvers, the last of them were now in the Pacific Fleet, and were held in late June and the month. It is impossible not to note the words of some Japanese leaders, accusing Russia of evil intent, but the official Tokyo chose to remain silent.

There is an exciting situation: naikrupneyshie countries often conduct military exercises, including together with other states. Sometimes the choice of location of the exercise has specific consequences in the form of the "original" response states, close to the borders of which are carried out all the activities. The main thing in such a situation — to maintain political and military self-control, and to prevent possible provocations from all sides. In the world at the moment, and so lacking unstable regions, and just not worth it to multiply their number.

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