NATO is laying the groundwork in Eastern Europe for a “global strike” against Russia, the deputy head of the Defense Council in Russia’s upper house of parliament has declared.
“They have very serious plans on the framework of devising a so-called global strike,” lawmaker Franz Klintsevich said. “NATO takes our old Soviet bases in the Baltic, Romania, Poland and deploys people there.”
“In fact, it seems they are preparing a place d’armes, for setting up equipment and a platform for the preparation of big plans,” referring to the military term that denotes a well-armed, strategic fighting position.
He said that Russia’s general staff in the military are monitoring NATO’s reinforcement and that, at present, “inexpensive, high technological solutions give us a full guarantee that we can defend ourselves.” In conventional warfare, Russia’s armed forces boast a numerical advantage to NATO troops, with the Ministry of Defense estimating that its westernmost forces number around 400,000.
This is roughly 10 times the size of NATO’s force, not stationed in Eastern Europe but intended to defend the region upon rapid deployment. Each country also has its own national armed forces and no NATO troops are stationed in Eastern Europe on a permanent basis.
He reiterated that Poland and Romania, currently hosting elements of the U.S. anti-missile shield, will be treated as areas dangerous to Russia.
“We will send military equipment, move the army with NATO’s activity in mind. Of course, this threatens, more than anyone, these countries where the anti-missile system is. We have not hidden this fact,” Klintsevich added.
Credit to Newsweek.com