NATO Holds Defense Drill Simulating Russian Invasion Of Baltics

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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Jubal Early (not verified) SoDamnMad Mon, 06/19/2017 - 02:48 Permalink

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!

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Teja SoDamnMad Mon, 06/19/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

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/B01… at the NATO actions of the last year, someone in relevant circles must have read that book.

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Jubal Early (not verified) Moe Hamhead Mon, 06/19/2017 - 02:50 Permalink

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?

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youshallnotkill Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:33 Permalink

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).

ebworthen Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:33 Permalink

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 ebworthen Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:33 Permalink

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.

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LetThemEatRand Sun, 06/18/2017 - 20:36 Permalink

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.

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"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.

sinbad2 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:00 Permalink

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 

Ms No Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:03 Permalink

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?

Insurrexion (not verified) Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:10 Permalink

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 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:36 Permalink

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.

Snout the First Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:47 Permalink

I just can't shake the thesis that Germany broke free from the globalists in the 1930s, and had to be destroyed for it. And today, the story is being replayed with Russia in the main role.