In order to enhance its strategic deterrence against Russia, NATO has recently taken measures to promote the “flash strike” of Russia. Russia is a tit-for-tat, strengthening military deployment in Europe and demonstrating the strength of advanced weapons. The strategic game between the two sides and the military confrontation situation are inconsistent. The “deterrence game” is constantly escalating, bringing severe challenges to the European security situation.
NATO strengthens “flash” ability
According to Russian media reports, in order to continuously improve the “flash battle” ability under cold conditions, NATO has recently purchased a large number of cold-proof equipment. According to a recent release by the NATO Logistics Purchasing Agency, NATO has ordered about 78,000 sets of military equipment, including trousers, jackets and the same number of backpacks, which are able to withstand the cold of -40 ° C while protecting soldiers from “strong winds and snow.” Heap” impact. According to NATO, the equipment procurement is mainly used for winter operations, which aims to ensure that NATO officers and soldiers are not affected by the operations under extremely cold conditions. “Russia Today” TV station reported that the total value of the above equipment is about 70 million euros (about 540 million yuan), produced by the United Kingdom, Greece, Slovakia and other countries.
In addition to improving operational support capabilities, NATO has also continuously strengthened the actual combat capability of “flash strikes.” Recently, NATO and Georgia held joint military exercises in the Black Sea. According to Georgian media reports, the military exercise consisted of five ships from the Georgia Coast Guard and NATO. They were three minesweepers, one hydrological ship and one supply ship. The exercises included underwater joint training and Mobile deployment, etc.
The Georgian side said that the military exercise is an important action for Georgia to strengthen its relations with NATO. “The NATO ship visited and conducted joint exercises with the Georgian side, intending to release important signals that will support and accelerate the integration of the same grid, which will help Georgia. The armed forces are moving closer to the NATO standards.” Foreign media commented that similar to the previous large-scale military exercises in the Baltic Sea, NATO recently conducted exercises in the Black Sea, and also focused on the ability of rapid mobile combat, aiming to strengthen the strategic deterrence against Russia by demonstrating a powerful “flash battle” capability.
Russia’s powerful comeback
Regarding the provocative actions of NATO, Russia has recently responded vigorously in various ways.
The first is to carry out public opinion counterattacks. In response to NATO’s procurement of a large number of cold-proof equipment, the Russian NATO delegation recently issued a warning on “Twitter” saying that NATO should not venture into Russian territory, “there is a cold winter.” The Russian delegation does not agree with the so-called “pure defensive military plan” of NATO strategists. “You need to understand the history of the Battle of Stalingrad during the Second World War.” When the Germans attacked Stalingrad, they could only stop because of the cold weather.
The second is to strengthen the deployment of troops. The Russian newspaper The News reported recently that the Russian Defense Ministry plans to expand two aviation divisions with high-tech headquarters and command posts in Kaliningrad and Crimea before the end of this year. After the expansion of the above-mentioned aviation divisions, all the fighters in Kaliningrad and Crimea will be integrated into one area. The new control system will enable the air regiments and aviation brigades from other areas to be in unified command. Next, by then, the defense capabilities of these two regions will be significantly enhanced. The “News” commented that “Kaliningrad and Crimea are still potentially dangerous areas”, and Russia’s move is aimed at “responding to NATO’s practice of increasing military presence in strategically important areas.”
Once again, it is a strategic deterrent. Norwegian media reported that there were about 10 Russian and Northern fleet submarines in the North Atlantic, including eight nuclear submarines. These Russian submarines are practicing to break through the NATO Faro-Iceland anti-submarine defense line and secretly deploy in the Atlantic Ocean. Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg said that in this way, Russia demonstrated the ability and importance to ensure the safety of Murmansk in the direction of the sea. “Norway does not regard this as a threat, but it needs NATO protection.” In response, the Russian Defense Ministry responded that “the Russian military is carrying out planned combat training.” Outsiders believe that in the context of NATO’s continuous “showing muscles” to Russia, the Russian side’s move is aimed at demonstrating its strong anti-submarine warfare capabilities and its firm determination to break through the NATO “blockade.”
Military confrontation will intensify
In recent years, with the escalation of the US-Russian strategic game, the two sides have continuously strengthened their military deployment in the European direction, and the anxiety of NATO European member states is increasing. To this end, NATO has continuously upgraded its conventional combat capabilities by increasing the frequency of training, strengthening the deployment of border forces, and deepening the surrounding military cooperation, in an effort to establish an “overwhelming” conventional operational advantage over Russia.
At the same time, Russia also looks at the reality that conventional military strength is difficult to compete with NATO, continuously strengthens the “trinity” strategic nuclear deterrent and missile defense capabilities, vigorously develops frontier combat platforms such as hypersonic weapons, and strives to build “asymmetric” operations against NATO. Advantage.
Looking forward to the future, under the background of NATO’s vigorous promotion of “flash strike” combat capability and Russia’s continuous strengthening of strategic deterrence capabilities, the strategic game between the two sides is gradually evolving from “cool war” to “hot war.” On the one hand, the cooperation space between NATO and Russia has been further compressed. At present, there are major differences between the two sides on the hot issues such as the elections in Crimea, Ukraine and European countries. Russia believes that NATO is eroding its “sphere of influence” and NATO emphasizes that Russia is constantly increasing its “intimidation ability.” The communication channels between the two sides are decreasing and the strategic suspicions are increasing.
On the other hand, the risk of military friction between NATO and Russia is increasing. From the recent situation, NATO and Russia often carry out large-scale exercises “synchronously” and high-profile reconnaissance of each other’s exercises, reflecting the escalating military confrontation between the two sides. In the future, as NATO and Russia continue to accelerate the development of strategic weapons, strengthen the proximity of reconnaissance and the deployment of forward forces, the possibility of firearms between the two sides will further increase, and the risk of a low-intensity military conflict cannot be underestimated