The head of the Duma Department for international Affairs Alexei Pushkov ironically spoke about the teachings of the airborne forces in the European Union, which became the largest since the Cold war.
"The biggest since the second world war, the teachings of the air. Landing of NATO troops are called to send the world an eloquent signal of the peacefulness of the Commonwealth ", – with irony Pushkov wrote on his page on Twitter (original spelling retained).
Director of the Academy of geopolitical problems Leonid Ivashov said the maneuvers are provocative and are performed to cause the response of Russia." If we talk about the beginning in the European Union, NATO exercises, the most extensive completion Box " Cold war ", it is only one teaching from the military interventions of the USA and NATO In the current year, and it's not the last – will still be Teaching in Ukraine. All these exercises and activities for the military buildup said about the fact that NATO, and most importantly the US, preparing For something more serious and try to provoke the Russian Federation ", – Ivashov said RIA " Novosti ". He said that before this year, the U.S. has carried out at the borders of the Russian Federation General naval Exercises with Georgia, and also participated in the exercise "Baltops" in the Baltic States. According to the expert, at the North-Western borders of Russia has already deployed six operational bases of NATO." Attempts to provoke the Russian Federation in response to the Ukraine, in Tiraspol, in the Kaliningrad region say about the fact that NATO forces are waiting for a reason for the outbreak of armed conflict ", – Ivashov said. The largest since the Cold war doctrines of NATO paratroopers are in the European Union with fifteen August to 13 September. To participate in maneuvers with the name "Quick answer-15" (Swift Response 15) attracted more than 4, 8 thousand soldiers from eleven countries: Bulgaria, great Britain, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, USA and France. According to the command of American ground forces in the European Union, the story is about " the largest common event on the preparation of the airborne forces on the continent during the period after the Cold war ", reports the news Agency. The exercises are aimed at strengthening interoperability " forces in high readiness ", according to the military. In addition, the maneuvers are meant to "demonstrate the ability of the Commonwealth to deploy To, and actions in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe," said the American side. The culmination of the exercises should be scheduled for August 26 to drop paratroopers on the grounds of Hohenfels in Germany and Novo Selo in Bulgaria. It is planned that in each case will be thrown more than 1 million Soldiers and military equipment.