NATO Holds Defense Drill Simulating Russian Invasion Of Baltics

Tyler Durden's picture

NATO officials are growing increasingly nervous about the possibility of an invasion of the Baltic states ahead of Russian wargames planned this fall on the border of Belarus and Poland that could involve as many as 100,000 troops. That "anxiety" was on display this week, when US and British troops carried out the first NATO military exercise that involved a simulated defense of the Suwalki Gap, an area in northern Poland on the border with Lithuania that serves as the gateway to the Baltic region.

In other words, a drill against a Russian invasion of the Baltics states, and by extension, Europe.

NATO officials described the area as a “choke point” that, if it were taken by an invading force, could potentially isolate the Baltic states from their NATO allies, according to Reuters.

"The gap is vulnerable because of the geography. It's not inevitable that there's going to be an attack, of course, but ... if that was closed, then you have three allies that are north that are potentially isolated from the rest of the alliance", said U.S. Lieutenant General Ben Hodges.

 

"We have to practice, we have to demonstrate that we can support allies in keeping (the Gap) open, in maintaining that connection," he said.

 

Since Russia’s annexation of Ukraine back in 2014, NATO has shifted four battlegroups totaling just over 4,500 troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

US and UK aircraft took part in the exercises, alongside troops from Poland, Lithuania and Croatia in a simulated defense of the potential flashpoint in an area several hours' drive from where a U.S. battalion is stationed at Orzysz base in Poland, Reuters reported.

Of course, Russia has repeatedly said it has no plans to invade the Baltics, and has warned that the "defensive" buildup in NATO forces against its borders is an unprovoked act of aggression againt Russia.

However, Russia's protests have done little to sway the US Senate, which passed new sanctions against Russia this week, allegedly in retribution for Russia’s meddling in the US election. The measures were included in an Iran sanctions bill that was widely expected to pass, but as the Hill reported yesterday, President Donald Trump is leaning on House Republicans to drop the bill because he fears it could damage US-Russia relations.

In addition to Trump, Germany and Austria have also voiced their displeasure for one measure outlined in the sanctions bill, asking the US drop its opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would pump Russian gas to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea. Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern and Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said earlier this week that it appeared that the opposition of the pipeline was aimed at securing US energy jobs and pushing out Russian gas deliveries to Europe.

“Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America," Kern and Gabriel said.

Meanwhile, NATO acknowledged the symtoblic nature of the drills, saying the exercises were more of a gesture than a dress rehearsal for war. As Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupsys, head of Lithuania's land forces, explained, “this is only a small-scale drill compared to what would be needed in case of a real attack.”

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Moe Hamhead's picture

Did that happen to be at Camp David this weekend?? The conspiracy theorists are wanting to know.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

The Balts, of course, never shone with intelligence, but to believe that Western partners are increasing their territories of armed groups to protect them from the Russian Federation, that is a bit extreme even for them.

SoDamnMad's picture

Please tell me what the Baltics have that Russian would want enough to go to war for?  One thing. I'm waiting.

I come back in a week and ask you again for this one item.

Jubal Early's picture

Churchil and Roosevelt and their zionist masters basically gave the baltics to Stalin in 1940 after Stalin had invaded Poland (for which they only blamed Hitler).   Stalin and his jew commisars immediatly began genociding the Baltics and they were ecstatic when Hitler finally freed them in 1941.   Now they same countries are total zio-puppets.  Zato is on the march!

Joe Trader's picture

Newsflash - Russia's holding its own exercise this year: Zapad 2017 - and the difference is that it simulates an OFFENSIVE attack on the Baltics.

Teja's picture

Simple. First of all, direct land connection to Kaliningrad oblast. Second, control of the southern coastline of the Baltic sea. And third, glory for the Motherland, gaining back the twice lost territories and the Russian minorities living there. 

But honestly I can't believe that the Russians would be that stupid. They might be tempted to use the chaos created by Brexit, Trump and Catalonia later this year, or more probably next year, but they surely know that even if NATO reacts slowly, react it will, at least with a sea blocade of Russia.

If you need a nice summer read, here a recommendation:

https://www.amazon.com/War-Russia-warning-military-command-ebook/dp/B01D...

Looking at the NATO actions of the last year, someone in relevant circles must have read that book.

Joe Trader's picture

Many seem to forget - that in WWII millions became slave labourers...

IronSights on'um's picture

whats up with that flag patch?  

Zorba's idea's picture

the winds of war...the elites are hoping for

Moe Hamhead's picture

Actually, the photo looks like it could be the blues versus the greens, like in early Rome.

Jubal Early's picture

I was thinking of the $700b "defense budget" wasted so that these immature murderering dolts can play war games with extremely expensive laser simulators.  Why can't they just by a computer and play soldier of fortune or something like that and spare us all the murdering?

land_of_the_few's picture

"NATO Drills and Stimulates the Baltics"

youshallnotkill's picture

the "defensive" buildup in NATO forces against its borders is an unprovoked act of aggression againt Russia.

Few writers these days seem to understand the use of double quotes. The way this is written indicates that the author suggests that this is just ostensibly defensive.

I.e. the author agrees with Russia's assessment, that the mere build-up is an aggression, unlike how the word is usually understood (i.e. an actual incursion).

E-Knight's picture

Uh, pretty sure everyone knows a word in quotes like that means its sarcastic...

youshallnotkill's picture

Duh, and what does sarcasm indicate in this case? That is not really defenisve in nature at all. Hence it'll mean the author agrees with the Russian stance. 

ebworthen's picture

They ought to be doing drills to prevent the Chinese fishing vessels out of their fisheries.

Living in the past, even though it was Germany that was the real threat, pleases someone.

SoDamnMad's picture

Yeah, I read the history books over and over and all I could find was that Germany attacked Poland first and then much of Europe; fired unguided missiles into Britain, tried to starve the continent of Europe with U-boat attacks, did something bad in concentration camps (unverifiable), and marched deep into Russia killing and destroying before they met their match as Napolean did with the Russian winter.

Who wodda thought it was really the Russians. I guess we didn't have CNN back then to set the story straight.

Teja's picture

Which is all true. But which doesn't mean the Russians did not have their own Empire / USSR and committing crimes of their own.

Suggested read maybe:

https://www.amazon.com/Bloodlands-Europe-Between-Hitler-Stalin/dp/046503...

LetThemEatRand's picture

Sorry, Germany, you've been US vassals for too long now.  Your bark doesn't scare the MIC.   You're going to participate in the drills and like it.   

I think Germany is about to figure out that his friend was fucking his wife the whole time.

underthevolcano's picture

Isn't that what 'good friends do'? It seems to be a prediliction for women that they can choose to fuck whomever they want, anytime they want, for whatever reason, married or virgin or single. Fuck them and the horse they rode in on,

bill1102inf's picture

Did they sim losing???

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

No, because the armchair chickenhawks would be triggered.

The premiere technological military force in the world lose? Inconcievable!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Challenge_2002

"After the reset, both sides were ordered to follow predetermined plans of action."

 

BorisTheBlade's picture

No plan, however good, survives the first contact with the enemy. (C)

chunga's picture
Report: 20 Percent Of Baby Food Contains Lead

http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/report-20-percent-of-baby-food-contain...

Data from the FDA revealed this week shows that detectable amounts of lead were found in 20% of all the baby food the agency sampled and 14 percent in all food total.

Likstane's picture

Slightly OT, but ok...

Ms No's picture

Well that further explains the more than apparent epidemic of retardation that we are enduring on a daily basis.

 

chunga's picture

Sorry about being off topic. My bad attitude has me seeing nothing but fraud and the scope of the fraud spans everything from baby food to wars. It's all fraud, every last thing.

underthevolcano's picture

Yes, it is. Absolutely, And that is why they must die. Nobody gets out alive.

TeraByte's picture

"NATO officials are growing increasingly nervous about the possibility of an invasion of the Baltic states", is  plain crap. A likely intent instead is to boost an atmosphere of fear to scare e.g. Sweden and Finland to join to US vassals` NATO alliance. MSM´s continuous propaganda rally blew the Crimea case totally out of proportions as,  if thereafter all the former Soviet satellites and other border neighbours were in a mortal danger.. The current lunatism and confusion in Europe´s foreign politics proves,  this MSM´s Göbbels  trick was 100% success.

nationstates's picture

Or create reasons so Russia keeps its troops and planes at home rather than have them being useful asnd successful in Syria.

land_of_the_few's picture

"NATO holds defense drill simulating invasion of their grotesquely expensive shiny new HQ in Brussels by a team of enraged auditors from the member states led by Angela Merkel...King Stolte of Dinduland initiated defensive measures including ring-binder lobbing and stabbings using Biros"

Ethnomycologist's picture

Where's Chelsea Manning?

rejected's picture

Probably home, happily married and pregnant.

espirit's picture

Food babies are usually brown and aborted in the toilet on a daily basis.

underthevolcano's picture

You know what Private Puke. Stand down. Go lick the toilet seat until it is prisitine.

besnook's picture

so they are practicing the art of bugging out.

espirit's picture

With FN Fals?

Stock photo from the early 70's?

SoDamnMad's picture

Many FNs have been passed on to the self defense forces when the G36 arrived. Estonia and Poland have pretty good SDF who play aggressor in military exercises.

land_of_the_few's picture

The SDF forces playing aggressor have a habit of getting photographed running around *holding the metal barrel of their own rifle*. Perhaps they think they will get invaded by people with Down Syndrome shouting "Pew Pew Pew".

 

sinbad2's picture

Wars are about money and power.

Everytime the US gets randy and decides to flash its cock, it costs money, lots of money, and the US is running on empty.

Every exercise or bombing run takes food from the mouths of the people back home.

Many think that by staging these exercises it scares Russia, I think the Russians actually welcome them, because it means the US is forced to borrow more money to pay for them. Eventually the repo man will call on the US, and Russia will have won without going to war.

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." - Sun Tzu 

Insurrexion's picture

True, we cannot forget the infinite digital money from the FED makes this all possible.

Ms No's picture

So when are they planning on invading the Baltics so that the Bolsheviks can get closer to killing the Russians who unseated their satanic asses?

kenzo7's picture

In case of war these NATO vassals would be nuked at first cos they have US TAAD launchers.

Insurrexion's picture

Reuters is a propaganda tool of the NATO/NWO/Deep state.

This bullshit article states: "...Since Russia’s annexation of Ukraine back in 2014, NATO has shifted four battlegroups totaling just over 4,500 troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland."

Really?

Russia annexed Ukraine? 

What next Reuters?

What happens after the Trumpsters are exonerated of the lies you and others have told on behalf of your funders?

Why don't you kick it up a notch...

According to Reuters,

"Russia is now colluding with gay space aliens with large silvery cocks to fuck the Western World!

We must stop them, or bend over!"


rejected's picture

Read that too,,, What stupid pill has everyone in the media taken. I know the rats in the Intel gangs pay well but that's really pushing it.!  LOL

espirit's picture

Like being forced to watch a uninterrupted version of the movie 'Idiocracy' over and over.

It hurts...

Goldilocks's picture

"love and hate are beasts and which one grows is the one you feed"

There are two wolves (TomorrowLand)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj-iEV7tgKE (0:38)

rejected's picture

The Germans did the same thing to Russia in WWII. They built up their forces along the Russian border but kept their offensive equipment further to the West. They claimed they were doing it defensively to keep Russia from attacking. Then a day or so before the big moment the Germans transported their offensive stuff to the border and attacked within 24-48 hours.

US / NATO are repeating the same tactic.  Problem is it won't work this time. As soon as NATO crosses the border the nukes will fly as President Putin has stated Russia will not fight another war on their soil.

So far I can't recall Mr. Putin ever going back on what he said.

Edit: That last picture is a picture of the very first to be killed when NATO decides to attack.  They seem to look happy about it.  Guess that shows the fantastic programming these youngsters have had in the indoctrination centers from daycare to preschool to university.

underthevolcano's picture

Iskander range, 800 KM. That is why 'it won't work this time'.

SoDamnMad's picture

The Cavs token Strykers will get wiped out in the opening minutes from all the AT missiles. See YouTubes of the Yemenis in flip-flops taking out Saudi vehicles with Kornets.