NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario

NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit

July 17, 2017

For the first time, the U.S. has deployed advanced Patriot missiles as part of military exercises in the Baltic region, escalating tensions with Russia and helping boost military industry stock prices to record highs

NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario

June 9, 2016

On Monday, NATO launched its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War. 31,000 troops are currently taking part in the training in Poland. European countries along the Russian border, including Poland and the Baltic states, want “reassurance” of the “commitment of the US to the NATO alliance.” But Richard Sakwa, professor at Kent University, says it’s “absurd” that these nations face a potential attack from Russia. In 1991, NATO comprised 12 countries. It now includes 28 countries, with Montenegro set to join soon. Georgia and Ukraine could become members in the future. In response to what Sakwa describes as a “genuine existential threat” from NATO enlargement, Russia has built up more defensive units on its Western front, constructed new military bases, developed new communication networks, and modernized its nuclear weapons. “The inability to create NATO as part of common security system” that includes Russia “has lead to this confrontation,” says Sakwa. Sakwa worries that the “undigested anger at the past [that] has fed back into NATO,” along with a military culture that has not transcended the Cold War, could mean that “a small incident, an accident, a small provocation, could lead to a very swift escalation.” “NATO now exists to manage the threats created by its own existence,” says Sakwa. The US provides the largest monetary and personnel contributions to the military alliance.

NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario

June 9, 2016

As U.S. destroyers and warships enter the Black Sea for the first time since the Cold War, NATO’s ten-day military exercises encircling Russia threatens peace in Europe says Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at University of Kent