UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — These days, when all attention is paid to the struggle that is going on between Russia and NATO countries in Syria and Libya as part of the imperialist redivision of the world, interesting and important events are taking place on the East European front.
The Europe Defender 2020 exercise has begun, one of NATO’s largest military exercises in recent times. In the course of the exercises, the scenario of “defending” Europe in the event of an attack by Russia is worked out, but in essence the scenario of the occupation of Russia.
In total, 16 NATO member countries participate in the exercises, in particular the USA, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Poland, as well as Finland and Georgia. Turkey does not participate in maneuvers.
The exercises will involve nearly 40 thousand troops, including 25 thousand US troops, and 33 thousand units of military equipment. Maneuvers will last until May. Tanks began to appear on the vast territory from Germany to the borders of Russia, in the centers of European cities. A rehearsal of the “Great War” will take place on the streets of Europe. While in the west the forces are concentrated along the Estonia-Bulgaria axis, part of the troops will be transferred to Georgia. And Russia, therefore, will be taken in ticks from the west and south.
At the same time, opponents of the war are preparing for major protests against these exercises. Statements in this regard indicate that NATO’s goal is not so much to protect European countries from Russia as to draw Russia into the war.
Russia at every opportunity reacts to such a large-scale transfer of NATO troops to its borders, but the United States does not attach importance to this. Although it is known that any major exercises at the same time contain a great provocation – NATO seems to be looking for a reason to involve Russia in a big war.
For the first time, such major NATO maneuvers were held in 1995.
And in the exercise called “Trident Juncture” (Trident Juncture), held in 2018 in Norway with the participation of 29 NATO member countries, as well as Sweden and Finland, more than 50 thousand troops were involved.
Since 2011, NATO members such as Poland and the Baltic states, with the participation of the United States, regularly conduct exercises “Saber Strike” (Saber Strike). Again, in Poland, once every two years, exercises called “Anakonda” (Anakonda), in which all NATO member countries participate. In the course of these exercises, the scenario of capturing Kaliningrad and the capital of Belarus, Minsk, is being worked out.
And Belarus, which is openly aimed at NATO’s military maneuvers, has been besieged these days from a diplomatic point of view.
The dispute between Russia and Belarus over energy resources and meeting the needs of Belarus for natural gas and oil has led to cold winds blowing in Russian-Belarusian relations. From this point of view, the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Minsk at the beginning of the month is of great importance.
An article published by the Welt newspaper on January 31 under the heading “Why is Putin’s vassal trying to get closer to the United States?” Draws attention to the revival that is taking place in US-Belarus relations for the first time in 25 years. The NATO front, led by the United States, considered President Alexander Lukashenko “the last dictator of Europe” and constantly made attempts to change the regime in this country.
However, judging by the statements made after the meeting with Pompeo, important steps will be taken to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries. The mutual opening of embassies will take place. Sanctions imposed by the United States in 2006 will be gradually lifted. Most importantly, the United States will explore the reserves of natural gas and oil in Belarus and, if necessary, will satisfy all the country’s needs for natural gas and oil.
Lukashenko, apparently, is ready for anything in order not to make concessions to Russia. The United States does not intend to miss this opportunity. The EU is also waiting in ambush. Indeed, in early January, a number of steps were taken towards simplifying visa procedures for citizens of Belarus. Under these conditions, it is becoming increasingly likely that Belarus will soon become the second Ukraine. A conflict may arise between supporters of the West and supporters of Russia.
For many years Russia has been selling Belarus natural gas and oil at intra-market prices and insists on changing these conditions. According to Tomasz Konicz on the heise.de website, this energy dispute is based on a debate about integration between Russia and Belarus. Putin wants to make Belarus, the former Soviet republic, part of the Russian Federation, recalls the agreement signed between the two countries in 1999. This is the main reason Belarus sells cheap natural gas and oil.
However, over the past 20 years, Lukashenko seems to have changed his mind about the idea of ”integration.” Indeed, then, when signing an agreement with Boris Yeltsin, Lukashenko hoped to sit down in the chair after Yeltsin. Now he exclaims: “Belarus will not succumb to Russia.” In this regard, meetings are being held. Putin, in turn, does not intend to yield to the leadership of Belarus. As it increases economically, politically and militarily, his appetite for the return of old lands also grows.
Thus, while the conflict between the imperialist states is getting tougher and NATO, directly declaring Russia an enemy, continues to work out the scenarios of occupation, Russia makes a move after move to keep the former zones of dominance under control.
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