NATO begins large military drills in Poland
More than 20 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and partner countries have begun a large-scale military exercise in Poland as part of attempts by the military alliance to flex its muscle against Russia in Eastern Europe.
Exercise Anakonda 2016 began on Monday with 30,000 troops backed by a large number of vehicles, aircraft and ships. The maneuvers would last for 10 days.
The war games will see large contingent of troops involved in operations such as night-time helicopter assaults and the dropping of paratroopers to build a temporary bridge over Vistula River.
The high-profile drills come one month before NATO members hold a summit in Warsaw to approve more troops to be stationed in Eastern Europe.
The army of the United States, which will provide the largest foreign contingent to the exercise with around 14,000 troops, said the goal of Anakonda 2016 is to “train, exercise and integrate the Polish national command and force structures into an allied, joint multi-national environment.”
Sweden and Finland, two major non-NATO countries, are also taking part in the exercise.
The massive exercise is expected to anger Russia, which has already been at odds with the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
Poland, which itself joined NATO in 1999, has repeatedly called for a more active presence of the military alliance on its soil to counter what it calls a rising Russian threat. Polish officials have openly criticized Moscow for its alleged involvement in neighboring Ukraine.
NATO has justified Anakonda 2016 and other military drills, saying they constitute a responses to Russia's incorporation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014 and Moscow's alleged support for militants in eastern Ukraine.
The alliance has also criticized similar maneuvers by Russia.
Background on Poland from Katehon:
However, it would be wrong to interpret the current euroscepticism of the Polish authorities as an attempt to strengthen the country's sovereignty and to challenge the global hegemony of the liberals. Poland opposes Brussels, but only in order to consolidate its status as a de facto colony of Washington. Poland supports all NATO's aggressive initiatives, primarily those aimed against Russia. Poland adopted a law authorizing the stay on the territory of foreign troops, and called to increase NATO troops in the country. Poland plans to place elements of the US missile defense system on its territory, which can be used not only for protection against a nuclear attack, but also for the deployment of cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.
The Polish leadership was in favor of the signing of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, which effectively eliminates the sovereignty of this small country in the face of multinational corporations. Opponents of this course are suppressed, which is demonstrated by the arrest of the opposition party leader Zmiana Mateusz Piskorski on ridiculous charges of espionage in favor of China.