Massive Russian, NATO Wargames Set To Begin Amid Mutual Accusations Of Provocation

As the two old, cold war adversaries, Russia and NATO, prepare to begin massive war games to show off their respective military strengths, it was the UK's turn to accuse Russia first of "testing the West" by conducting war games on NATO’s eastern flank in its biggest military exercise in four years. Speaking on BBC's “The Andrew Marr Show” on Sunday, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that Russia's exercise "is designed to provoke us, it’s designed to test our defenses, and that’s why we have to be strong. Russia is testing us and testing us now at every opportunity. We’re seeing a more aggressive Russia. We have to deal with that."

In a testament to our hyperbolic times, Fallon's statement also contained just a "little bit" of fake news: while Fallon said that more than 100,000 Russian and Belorussian troops are at the borders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization members, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said last month that the so-called Zapad 2017 exercise Sept. 14-20 involves 13,000 troops, and that the drills are “purely of a defensive nature" according to Bloomberg.

Zapad 2017 preparations

To this end, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also told BBC today that Russia should allow western monitors to access the proceedings, in line with rules that require international observation of all exercises involving more than 13,000 troops. “We have seen before that Russia has used big military exercises as a disguise or a precursor for aggressive military actions against their neighbors,” Stoltenberg said. “That happened in Georgia in 2008 when they invaded Georgia, and it happened in Crimea in 2014 when they illegally annexed Crimea. So we call on Russia to be fully transparent.”

Stoltenberg also said that Russia has a history of “under-reporting” the number of troops in its exercises and “using loopholes in international agreements to avoid international observation,” although it was not clear just which country Putin had an intention of invading next.

Meanwhile, what the NATO commander forgot to mention is that just days before the dreaded Russian "Zapad 2017" exercise is set to begin, NATO's own Steadfast Pyramid 2017 military exercise kicked off in Latvia on Sunday, with 40 senior commanders from NATO states, as well as Finland and Sweden. They are expected to train how to “plan and conduct operations” amid the bloc’s buildup in the region.

Steadfast Pyramid 2017 and Steadfast Pinnacle 2017, involving more than 40 senior officers from NATO member states, plus Finland and Sweden, will take place at the Riga-based Latvian Defense Academy, the country’s national news agency LETA reported on Sunday.

Covering the duration of Russia's drills, Steadfast Pyramid, the first part of the exercise, will last until September 15. It is reportedly “to improve the ability of top-level officers and commanders to plan and lead joint operations,” according to LETA. Steadfast Pinnacle, the next stage of the drill, will last from September 17 until September 22. Steadfast Pyramid and Steadfast Pinnacle were first held in Latvia in 2011.  British General James Everard, the NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, is expected to arrive in Latvia to oversee both stages of the exercise, Latvia’s Defense Ministry said, according to LETA.

NATO soldiers participating in East European war games.

Meanwhile, not much is known so far about NATO's war games. A NATO fact sheet says Steadfast Pyramid and Steadfast Pinnacle are focused on “further developing the abilities of commanders and senior staff to plan and conduct operations through the application of operational art in decision making.”

Latvia, a former Soviet republic, has seen a major NATO buildup over the past months. Recently, NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as part of Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP). These combat-ready battlegroups, led by the UK, Canada, Germany, and the US respectively, are meant to demonstrate “the strength of the transatlantic bond.” A 1,100-strong battlegroup led by Canada is stationed in Latvia, comprising a number of mechanized infantry units as well as a tank company and some support elements, according to NATO.

While NATO has denied it, Moscow has repeatedly accused NATO of offensive behavior, and justifies its own defensive buildup and posture on NATO's encroachment on Russian borders.

Meanwhile, blissfully unconcerned about the Russian response, Poland and the Baltics have been calling for a stronger military presence in their countries, claiming it is necessary to deter “assertive” Russia. Lithuania has gone so far as suggesting developing a “military Schengen project that would facilitate the movement of troops in Europe.” Earlier this week, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said the Benelux countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg – as well as Finland and Estonia, support the plan, which includes “simplifying procedures and investing in infrastructure.”

At the same time, Moscow has consistently said the ongoing buildup threatens Russian and European security. In mid-July, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said the alliance is pushing forward for “an intensive mastering of the potential theater of military operations, accompanied by the development of the necessary infrastructure.”

To underscore his point, Grushko added that from July to November, NATO will hold 15 drills complementing each other, “which are held in the same operative field and aimed at providing a vast range of support measures.”

Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said that Moscow will not remain silent facing emerging threats on its western borders. NATO’s saber-rattling leaves Russia no other choice than to “give a suitable response to all of these actions,” he said, noting that Moscow’s countermeasures will be “much cheaper,” if not quite as technologically advanced, Putin told award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone.


HowdyDoody MillionDollarButter Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:33 Permalink

The North American Terrorist Organization has trained ISIS in Libya, Turkey and Jordan, and is training Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. It has supplied ISIS with weapons in Iraq and Syria. Ukraine has sold grain and weapons to ISIS. The US has sold advanced weapons to the Ukrops. A number of ISIS members have fled Syria to join the Ukrops in killing Russian-speaking east Ukraine women and children. Russian has invoked the UN article on self defense against ISIS. This will end well. 

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DeeZ_nutZ HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:41 Permalink

You, sir, are a delusional idiot, this is the craziest thing anyone has ever heard before.Here is something for you about the nazis and the other funky stuff. - general Krasnoff, plenty of pictures of his ass dressed up in german uniform.  He was hanged by Stalin after the war.Here is his monument in Rostov -…, please, enlighten all of us - who is the real nazi?  General Krasnoff, who's SS Kossacks killed a bunch of russians or the Ukrainians that are trying to fight back?   

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DeeZ_nutZ HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:50 Permalink

Listen, dear friend.  Please do not deflect from general Krasnoff.  Allow me to remind you that before the war of russian aggression nobody took the right sector seriously in the Ukraine.  They were just there and they did not even have any presence in the parliament.  Azov and the rest of fuckers only sprung up after the crimean annexation.  

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LA_Goldbug DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:59 Permalink

"nobody took the right sector seriously in the Ukraine. They were just there and they did not even have any presence in the parliament. Azov and the rest of fuckers only sprung up after the crimean annexation. "

Your trying to feed us BS as these right sector elements hijacked Maydan 2. Only paid vicious criminals would be willing to throw bricks and gasoline bombs while police was told to stand down and do nothing. Not regular people. It is this gangster element that executed the coup d'état removing an elected president. After this Mrs. Nudelman's conversions on her cell phone excellently demonstrate how everything was orchestrated by the Zio-US elements in Ukraine.

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Shemp 4 Victory LA_Goldbug Mon, 09/11/2017 - 08:37 Permalink

Fallon obviously is a failure at maths of even the simplest sort.As for Stoltenberg,

To this end, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also told BBC today that Russia should allow western monitors to access the proceedings

Pathological liar or fugitive from reality? You decide...

On August 23rd, the President of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, sent an official invitation to Ukraine and six NATO countries to send their observers to the exercises. Ukraine has already agreed and sent two observers. On the other hand, Russia and Belarus have not been invited to joint Ukraine-NATO exercises, such as the Sea Breeze or Shirokiy Lan war games. What’s more, no Russian or Belorussian observers are to be found at NATO exercises in none other than those NATO countries bordering Belarus, i.e., Poland and the Baltics.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said on Monday that NATO accusations on the Zapad-2017 military drills are unwarranted as Moscow gave the alliance all information in regards to the drills."Invitations have been sent by the Russian and Belarusian sides," he said.…

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LA_Goldbug HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:53 Permalink

Hell you beat me to it.

Exactly. The BS children's tale of the Ukra's being these freedom loving fighter up against the Satanic element in Russia makes me sick. To know this BS one needs to do a bit of reading and thinking.

"Shocking video shows Ukrainian neo-nazi militia fighters carrying out an ISIS-style execution during which they nail a separatist rebel to a cross and then burn him alive.

The authenticity of the footage is yet to be confirmed, although it seems chillingly real on first viewing.

The brutal murder was reportedly carried out by members of the Azov Battalion, which was converted into a regiment last year, making it a de facto part of the Ukrainian Army. The paramilitary group forms “the backbone of the forces fighting against the local self-defense militia advocating independence from Ukraine.”

Ukrainian nationalist volunteers have repeatedly been accused of carrying out “ISIS-style war crimes”"

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HowdyDoody LA_Goldbug Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:06 Permalink

I was editing the message to include video captions but the resident Ukrop replied before I could update:Child indoctrination: torchlight parade celbrating Stepan Bandera: collaborators in WWII: child patriots: torhchlight parade in Lviv after maidan: BBC video interviews with Neo-Nazis at the Maidan: indoctrination: child indoctrination should be watched to see the real depravity of the Ukrops

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HowdyDoody DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:00 Permalink

You leave out the killing of women and children by Ukrops which started in 2014 and goes on to this day. Ukrops are depraved murderers of women and children just like their NATO masters.There are British Neo-Nazis who have fought with the Ukrops, an American(-Ukrainian) who has fought and died with the Ukrops. There is a Swedish Neo-Nazi sniper who wisely got himself a trainers postion far from the front. There are even Russian Neo-Nazis who have joined the Ukrops. The common factor is the Neo-Nazism and their prediliction for killing (Russian-speaking Ukrainian) women and children. 

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DeeZ_nutZ HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:09 Permalink

Dude....  nkvd was known to shoot and cut into pieces german prisoners of war and leave the dead bodies behind the retreating red army.  germans would find their mutilated bodies and would not take russian prisoners and go absolutely nuts on the red asses.  nkvd komissars would use the german cruelty as a call to stand and fight...for fuck's sake, russians are the masters of manipulation, dressing up in the enemy uniforms, killing civilians - it's their normal way to operate.  nobody can claim if those videos are real or not and never will, but the parrots like yourself will dwell on this shit for year.this conversation is totally useless, russians are as nazis as ukrianians, the only difference is in the fact the russia attacked ukraine, not the other way around.   

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HowdyDoody DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:32 Permalink

Stepan Bandera was so depraved that even the SS tried to put him down. Eventually the NKVD took him out which is why you are so butt-hurt.Your heros in action: A Ukrop Su-25 firing multiple anti-armour fragmentation rockets at a civilian target in Lugansk in May 2014CCTV of actual strike: of casualties: extremely NSFW so it requires a sign-in. Open only if you have a strong stomach. Update link to to view without signing in fuckers.  

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HowdyDoody LA_Goldbug Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:08 Permalink

The UK imported some 8000 OUN at the end of the war, with the Canadians and US doing likewise. There is even a (discreet) Bandera museum somewhere in the UK. The Canadian FM has a strong Nazi heritage, which possibly explains why so many Canadians are in Ukraine training Neo-Nazis. Ulkraine has had multiple (5? 6?) draft callups. The success rate for the latest was ~10% with most people going into hiding or to Russia to work rather than die for (((Ukraine oligarchs))) and Neo-Nazi nutjobs. The only people keen to sign up are Neo-Nazis. They also want their battalions to be formally incorporated into the Ukraine military to give them legal cover.

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LA_Goldbug HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:20 Permalink

Those are facts.

"America's Nazi Secret: An Insider's History
by John Loftus "

"Fully revised and expanded, this stirring account reveals how the U.S. government permitted the illegal entry of Nazis into North America in the years following World War II. This extraordinary investigation exposes the secret section of the State Department that began, starting in 1948 and unbeknownst to Congress and the public until recently, to hire members of the puppet wartime government of Byelorussia—a region of the Soviet Union occupied by Nazi Germany. A former Justice Department investigator uncovered this stunning story in the files of several government agencies, and it is now available with a chapter previously banned from release by authorities and a foreword and afterword with recently declassified materials."

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LA_Goldbug HowdyDoody Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:24 Permalink…

"200 Years Together: Chapter 9 — And Some Mysterious Search Engine Results"

Full version of the book in available in languages other than English. Same is true for this book,…

The reason for this is not too complicated. The Tribe.

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veritas semper… Volkodav Mon, 09/11/2017 - 19:08 Permalink

Right. The main oppression apparatus ,not only in Russia,but through the whole Eastern block,was in the hands of the chosen Bolsheviks. All those countries had their first Bolshevik governments ,when they installed the oppression and the communist rules,composed almost entirely of chosenites. In my native country,from 202 members of the first Bolshevik government,159 were Jooos,35 minorities,and only 8 from the majority,and this considering that the minorities represented 0.5% of the population and the chosenites less than 2%. But they brought into the country,Russian Joooos that they presented as Russians and especially women,who married the local political leaders.

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LA_Goldbug DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 06:38 Permalink

"this conversation is totally useless, russians are as nazis as ukrianians, the only difference is in the fact the russia attacked ukraine, not the other way around."

Your mixing things here like hell. There are NO Ukrainian people as an ethnic group. Ukrainians are a mix of ethnic groups. There ARE people called Russians who fall under the general term Slavs. Yes I know, all this is complicated and doubly so in the southern parts of what was once the Russian Empire.……

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foxenburg DeeZ_nutZ Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:49 Permalink

yes, hanged by Stalin, after the Brits gave him and others assuarnces they would not be handed over....... The author Nikolai Tolstoy described the scene of Americans returning to the internment camp after delivering a shipment of people to the Soviet authorities: "The Americans returned to Plattling visibly shamefaced. Before their departure from the rendezvous in the forest, many had seen rows of bodies already hanging from the branches of nearby trees."

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Lore Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:34 Permalink

Oh, brother: "Steadfast Pyramid?" "Steadfast Pinnacle?"  <groan>I thought "Swine Flew" was as blatant as they could get. Any militroid who connects the dots will be shown the door...

ebworthen Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:34 Permalink

Who is on who's border?  Who helped defeat the Fascists of Nazi Germany? (Russia).Who in the West is engaging in Imperialism and a New World Order that seeks to destroy Western Civilization? (not Russia). 

Matteo S. ebworthen Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:17 Permalink

In fact, USSR/Russia did not "help" defeat nazi Germany.

It did defeat nazi Germany and was but helped in doing so by the western powers.

80% of nazi Germany losses were on the eastern front. And 60% of german divisions were deployed on the eastern front after western allies had landed both in Italy and in France.

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LA_Goldbug Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:04 Permalink

"In a testament to our hyperbolic times, Fallon's statement also contained just a "little bit" of fake news: while Fallon said that more than 100,000 Russian and Belorussian troops are at the borders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization members, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said last month that the so-called Zapad 2017 exercise Sept. 14-20 involves 13,000 troops, and that the drills are “purely of a defensive nature" according to Bloomberg. "

Zio-West is so easy to read now. Only children would believe what they say.

HowdyDoody The Alarmist Mon, 09/11/2017 - 05:39 Permalink

Actually, it was South Ossetian territory and Russian forces were there as UN-mandated peacekeepers at Tskhinvali on the border, agreed by all sides when they were first put in place. Only when the Zionists started whispering in Suckassvile's ear did the idiot believe the Georgians could take on the Russians and they would meekly retreat.A video of the events narrated largely by a reporter present at the time: 

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