Fresh technical capabilities of the Russian army to NATO became a complete surprise, said the commander of the United forces of NATO in Brunssum, German General Hans-Lothar Domrose. His word brings print edition.
"President Putin has increased so much weapons, as we did not expect. We were totally caught off-guard, " said the General.
According to Domrose, the missile launch "Calibre" from ships in the Caspian sea on targets in the Syrian Arab Republic showed that according to the calculations of Russia in position to threaten in a similar manner and Berlin.
review General, the present balance of military forces is under threat, and Russia is able to establish superiority over NATO in a number of areas from Kaliningrad in the West to the Caspian sea." Putin has the potential to shut off our access to our allies, " he said.
in this regard, the General added that the Alliance needed large-scale exercises such as Trident Juncture-2015, under the command of Domroese. They are needed for the training of troops and a show of force, he said.
within Spain, Portugal and Italy on October 21 began the active phase of NATO's exercise Trident Juncture-2015, which will run until November 6. Participate in them in total, 36 thousand soldiers from 30 countries, among them non-NATO Austria and Sweden involved 140 aircraft, 90 ships and submarines. Commonwealth Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the exercise Trident Juncture are a warning to all " potential opponents of NATO ", as well as among them the Russian Federation.
The relationship between Russia and NATO have deteriorated because of disagreements over Ukraine. Russia said about unprecedented growth of military presence of NATO on its borders, NATO has also declared an increase in potential "danger" from Russia. In a speech at the Atlantic Council Admiral Ferguson has stated many times about the need for NATO to strengthen the defense, in response to the strengthening of military power of Russia.