NATO Practices for War Against Russia

December 12, 2014

NATO's war build-up took another step forward this week, with the completion of Exercise Trident Lance, held with 3,700 troops at Grafenwohr, Germany, and other locations. The purpose of the exercise, according to a report in {Stars & Stripes}, was

"improving the effectiveness and reaction time [with which] the Alliance's land forces could respond to an international crisis."

The scenario, S&S further reports, "dealt with the hypothetical invasion of NATO member Estonia." Although planning for the exercise began two years ago, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove put it squarely in the current context.

"As you have seen over the past few months, Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine have triggered the Alliance to begin a series of assurance and adaptation measures to assure our allies and adapt our military organizations to the new security environment in Europe...Trident Lance is a part of what will be a persistent and continuous level of activity, to include exercises large and small to ensure our forces are prepared to respond on short notice when needed."

Lt. Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of Land Command, said that the exercise showed that the command has finally reached its full operational capability.

"We've learned a tremendous amount through the exercise, but we're also confident that coming out of this exercise we're very capable, and we as an Alliance are capable, of conducting large-scale land operations," Nicholson said.

US War Provocations Against Russia

The US is trumpeting the impending rebasing of two additional Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyers -- the USS Carney and the USS Porter -- to Rota, Spain, in 2015. They'll be joining the USS Donald Cook and the USS Ross, which arrived there earlier this year and have both subsequently spent time in the Black Sea.

"Stationing these [aegis-equipped] naval assets in Spain places them in a position to maximize their operational flexibility for missions in the Atlantic and Mediterranean and allows these ships to operate forward and have access to the strategic crossroads. It also allows a rapid response to any crisis, which in itself, is a significant deterrent,"

US Naval Forces Europe, the navy component of United States European Command, told Sputnik News.

Meanwhile, Victoria Nuland's boy in Kiev, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyiuk, declared, December 10th, that the Kiev regime will be moving forward with aligning Ukraine with NATO.

"The law that was passed as a bribe to Russians, on the so-called non-bloc status of Ukraine, should be cancelled. Ukraine will adopt a new law on the foundations of domestic and foreign policy, where the non-bloc status will be cancelled and the Ukrainian army should meet NATO standards," he said.