Wars, Rumours and Threats: Seven (7) Articles over the past Eight (8) Days: Kremlin backs top general’s assessment that NATO is drilling for large-scale war.
18 Dec, 2019 RT
The Kremlin has said that it trusts the opinion of a senior Russian general, who has said that NATO’s intensified drills this year are an indication that the military bloc is preparing for a major conflict.
Valery Gerasimov, the chair of the Russian General Staff, shared the wary view that the Russian military have about NATO’s maneuvers on Tuesday as he gave a year-end briefing to foreign military attaches in Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the opinion was based on analyses of data collected by the Russian military and should not be dismissed.
“In this case the professional opinion may be the only correct one, so the presidential administration is in no position to put forward its own military assessment,” he said.
Gerasimov said the increased number and scale of military exercises conducted by NATO members this year indicates that the alliance “is purposefully training its troops to be engaged in a major military conflict.”
Gerasimov pointed out that in addition to flexing its military muscles around Russian borders, the US continues to deploy its anti-ballistic missile systems to Europe, which Moscow considers to be an acute threat to its national security.
Furthermore, there is an ongoing smear campaign about a “Russian military threat” aimed at vilifying Moscow, the general said. Any military build-up attempted by Russia, transparent and defensive in nature, is being spun by Western media outlets and governments as a “threat to peace,” he added.
Russia has not been sitting idly in the face of the US and NATO military build-up and has been developing new cutting-edge weapons that are able to bypass any existing air defenses. One of them is Kinzhal, an air-launched hypersonic missile. Gerasimov confirmed on Tuesday that the missile had successfully completed a series of tests, including in the Arctic.
When asked if he believes a major war could break out by 2050, Gerasimov said that there are no immediate “prerequisites” for a full-blown war, although the situation is “unstable” due to political, economic and information pressure placed on independent actors such as Russia.
However, he noted that given the current uncertainty in the world, that can change overnight.
“In such conditions, we can’t rule out that crises could emerge that may get out of control and develop into a large-scale military conflict.”
Taking that into account, it’s essential to calm tensions building up between the West and Russia so the animosity does not lead to dangerous military incidents, Gerasimov said, describing it as “the most important area in the dialogue between Russia and the US and NATO.”
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