ESCALATION: NATO Starts Military Drills Near Russian Boarder

by | May 17, 2022 | Headline News | 12 comments

More escalation has begun as NATO starts military drills near the Russian border. The large-scale NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military drills started in Estonia on Monday.

This is going to be seen as an escalation, if not provocation, by the Russian ruling class. The exercise, dubbed “Hedgehog 2022”, is one of the largest in the Baltic nation’s history, according to the military bloc. The drills will involve some 15,000 troops from 14 nations, including both military bloc members and their partners.

According to a report by RT, soldiers from Finland, Sweden, Georgia, and Ukraine are among those that will take part in the exercise, Finnish public broadcaster Yle reported. The drills will include all branches of the armed forces and will involve air, sea, and land exercises, as well as cyber warfare training, according to the broadcaster.

According to a NATO statement, the drills will also see the US Navy Wasp-class landing ship ‘Kearsarge’ take part in the exercises. Both the military bloc and Estonian Defense Forces deputy commander, Major General Veiko-Vello Palm, have denied that the drills just over 60km from the Russian border have anything to do with Moscow’s ongoing military action in Ukraine. –RT

These drills are taking place as both Sweden and Finland have made their determination to join NATO clear. Russia has already vowed to “respond” to the expansion of NATO.

Russia Vows To Respond To NATO Expansion in Finland and Sweden

This is certainly going to escalate tensions in the region.

The exercises in Estonia are, however, just one part of NATO’s large-scale military activities near the Russian border. Another Baltic state, Lithuania, is hosting the ‘Iron Wolf’ exercise, which involves 3,000 NATO troops and 1,000 pieces of military equipment, including Germany’s Leopard 2 tanks.

Two of NATO’s biggest exercises – ‘Defender Europe’ and ‘Swift Response’ – are taking place in Poland and eight other countries, involving 18,000 troops from 20 nations, according to NATO’s statement on Friday.-RT

“Exercises like these show that NATO stands strong and ready to protect our nations and defend against any threat,” the military bloc’s spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, said, adding that the drills “help to remove any room for miscalculation or misunderstanding about our resolve to protect and defend every inch of allied territory.”

Russia continues to assert that NATO’s expansion is a direct threat to their security. A response is likely, and we will monitor this closely as tensions continue to rise.

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    12 Comments

    1. Mr. Darwin

      The “escalation” began in March of 2021 when Russia began moving troops to the Ukrainian border, Comrade Machail Slavovic. Tell Vlad I said, “Иди и порезвись с собою 🖕🖕.”

      • Bill

        M. D – What a dull misinformed bore you are. Unfortunately, you consistently show you love heavy-handed State authoritarianism, and believe everything it says. Apparently, fate dealt you the wrong hand. Had Putin been a Bolshevik communist dictator you would have probably supported him. Perhaps you should thank your lucky stars for the hand you were dealt. Useful idiots believed the propaganda and sacrificed everything to help bring in a system of oppression that was never going to actually help them, and then we’re killed by the millions because they were no longer needed. You make it amply obvious you hate your world, you hate those you disagree with, and you hate yourself. And without trying to be insulting, you’re not very clever. There is nothing more important than freedom – absolutely nothing. Even if someone who comments may not be completely factual, they can never be far from the mark because they love freedom.

        • Mr. Darwin

          Awww, what a sweet kid you are. I love how the MAGAt/Qanon crowd screams about “freedom” in one breath, and then pledge their undying love for the would-be dictator trump in another.

          It amazes me that so many people believe all the shit that “Q” vomits forth. There is zero, ZERO evidence for anything “Q” claims yet you morons eat it right up. I’d love to be a fly on the wall the moment you discover every single thing you believe is a lie. That would be great!

          Listen, dipshit (Bill), as usual you idiots have the truth completely backward and upside down. The whole reason I am on this site now (besides pointing out the utter stupidity of every single idiot here) is because I want freedom. I want freedom from authoritarian rule (for us AND the rest of the world). I want the freedom to vote for the candidate of my choice and have those elections be free and fair, which is that exact opposite of what the right wants in this country (Don’t believe me? Just wait till they steal the elections this November and then again in ’24…) I want freedom of religion, and FROM religion for all. I want freedom from Covid and freedom from the idiots who refuse to take the steps necessary to fight it.

          I’ll say it again. If y’all love Putin so much and think what he’s doing is right, then put on your big boy pants and go fight on Russia’s front lines. But you won’t because you are nothing more than a bunch of pussies, and deep down inside you know you’re wrong. It must be torture to have to take your muddled marching orders from a political establishment (the GQP/Faux “News”) that can’t decide if Putin is evil or not, or if trump is competent or not, or if Covid is real or not, or if the vaccines work or not. Honestly it’s no wonder so many people in this country are as stupid as a bag of doorknobs.

          So, I guess all that’s left to say is…Go Fuck Thyself. You idiots will eventually reap what you have sown.

          • Bill

            Again, you show your ignorance, I am not a MAGA, I don’t know anything about “Q-anon”, not a Putin fan, and I don’t take marching orders from anyone. You just want to believe it is so. Your whole comment is based on assumptions that are not real. You make it too easy, you made my point for me. Why do you insist on continuously making a fool of yourself with all your posts. By the way, don’t try to be a lawyer, you’d never win since you don’t know anything about facts. Oh, and your constant profanity really nails home your arguments.

            • Anonymous

              Sounds like Darwin is still pissed about being bullied in high school.
              A guy in his 20’s who is refusing to just get busy living because he is still stuck in his past.

            • Mr. Darwin

              I made your point for you!? What the fuck are you even talking about? You’ve rambled on with your bullshit, but are you trying to tell me that Russia ISN’T to blame for the war they started?

          • Anonymous

            Which specific Q claims are you talking about?

            Q hasn’t been on the scene in some time now AFAIK.

            • Mr. Darwin

              https://www.vice.com/en/article/93bgxd/qanon-russia-putin

              Does anything in this article sound familiar? These are the talking points the right uses to justify Russia invading Ukraine. Don’t tell me Q is irrelevant to what’s happening in this country. The person/persons posting as “Q” may have gone silent, but their playbook is alive and well in the Chaos Caucus of the right.

              • Anonymous

                You use someone else’s thinking instead of intelligently presenting your own?

                Have you ever considered thinking for yourself instead of letting others do your thinking for you?

                Seriously.

    2. Krush

      Russia can’t even take Ukraine. What make Puto and his cheesedicks think they take NATO? It’s time for one of Puto’s generals to take him out and make the world a better place.

    3. JRS

      18,000 troops spread out over 9 countries. Waste of precious EU diesel to run around in circles.

      Russia snickers at the lack of effort.

    4. Bill

      Europe has long been pacified and NATO is a paper tiger. Hasn’t everyone seen the video of those German women being molested and beat up by muslim immigrants in Germany, and the German men, though more in number, just stood there and looked away. To make matters worse, the birth rate in Europe for the traditional populations has collapsed, but the immigration population is booming. Ask the most Brits and Swedes and other European countries how well the immigrants are assimilating. They aren’t, and don’t want to.
      Except for a few Eastern European countries, Europe can’t even protect its own borders being over ran by 3rd world hordes. Just wait another 2 generations, Europe will be muslim, Russia will still be majority white and Christian.
      No European country wants a war. Unfortunately, there is not a single European country except for maybe UK that has a capability to conduct an offensive action, and even that is disappearing. As of 2019 Germany didn’t have a single sub that is operational, only a few barely operational surface vessels, and literally only a handful of tanks and planes are operational. With so many shortages of everything their military, except for tiny deployments, is basically non functional. The militaries of several smaller European nation are essentially of no consequence. European nations realize if they go along with the US in its provocations against Russia like providing air fields, or providing material they technically become hostiles and risk retaliation. I don’t believe Russia has much to fear from Europe and the Europeans know it.

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