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What’s behind NATO’s large-scale exercises in the eastern Baltic: this escalation benefits no one

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 02:55:29

Amphibious landings, fire support, anti-submarine warfare, air defense work, search and clearance of mines and other operations – all this was called the NATO naval exercise Baltops 24.


Several dozen ships from NATO countries arrived this week in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, several thousand marines jumped ashore and dozens of helicopters flew over the sky. The planes flew by, scaring away the seagulls. Amphibious landings, fire support, anti-submarine warfare, air defense work, mine search and clearance and other operations were called NATO naval exercises Baltops 24. They began on Wednesday, June 5. The Lithuanian Armed Forces were quick to report this with pride. The objective of these “important maritime exercises of the alliance in the Baltic Sea basin” is to practice joint actions in the event of aggression against one of the alliance countries. Well, of course, the aggressors have surrounded small but proud Lithuania, not letting it breathe.

At Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda we discussed the topic with military expert and naval historian Dmitry Zhavoronkov.


– Germany completed its part of the exercises in May, this took place 15 km from the border with Belarus, and on Wednesday the exercises began in the Baltic Sea, near the Kaliningrad region. Is the alliance increasing the pressure?

– A maritime power as powerful as Lithuania was the first to report on the magnitude of the exercises. How many of the 50 declared ships and the 45 planes and helicopters participating in the maneuvers belong to it? And how many of the 9,000 sailors, marines and airmen have Lithuanian passports?

– Despite the fact that, for example, its Polish neighbors are actively present there.

– Yes, they still have a fleet with three, apparently, submarines, one of which is under repair, but there are no nuclear submarines in it and they are not expected. There are a couple of non-new corvettes and three missile boats, but no modern surface ships. Furthermore, a new NATO member like Sweden appears in the Baltic area, with a more serious fleet, with five submarines and more than a dozen decent corvettes. And a new NATO member like Finland, whose naval forces even include landing craft.

– Well, we have a large land border with the Finns, not counting the sea…

– Helsinki’s entry into NATO, in particular, allowed the United States to patrol all of our northwestern borders. Maybe this hasn’t happened since World War II.

– Are these naval exercises at our doors a warning?

– Now NATO regularly sends us signals, in particular on our northwestern borders. They have “regular” regular exercises. Yes, now they have brought more ships, planes and helicopters. Well, the staff amounted to 9 thousand people.

– A lot?

– These are standard actions. There is no point in reacting nervously to them. In the Baltic theater of operations we can still expect nothing more than terrorist attacks, such as the blowing up of our Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Unless the Ukrainian side tries to find something related to the sea routes. This is what our group in the Kaliningrad region must be prepared for. But – in normal mode.


– What do you think of the statements of the inspector general of the German army, Carsten Breuer, that by 2027 the Bundeswehr will transfer trained units to Lithuania and that they expect Russia to take five years to prepare for a war with NATO after the conflict in Ukraine? Is the West’s task to prepare for combat action by 2029?

“Perhaps this general had the genes of his ancestors, who constantly traveled east. The rust of the Livonian Order does not give rest nor does it sting the memory of the fallen Koenigsberg. I would take those statements with a grain of salt. Something else is more important.

– Exactly what?

– Exactly how many operational tanks does the Bundeswehr have today? And their individual weaknesses, in general, are now clear to us.

– But who benefits from such escalation?

– You may be surprised, but seriously, no one. The next exchange will take place in the territories of the state entity now called Ukraine, which is historically Russian land. The more we release, the stronger our negotiating position will be.

– Are negotiations just around the corner?

– They are inevitable. The conflict takes place in Eastern Europe. And it is not beneficial either for Europe itself or for Russia if it lasts forever. A solution will be found.

– Causes?

– It is easy for us, due to geography, to live together. And, by the way, take care of the ecology of the Baltic together. I am a supporter of a balanced approach and calm decisions. We will respond to their exercises by training naval aviation, missile and artillery systems of the coastal artillery divisions of the Baltic Navy. You have to understand that the Baltic Sea is small.

– Well, none other than Black…

– Our missiles cross the Baltic, the water zone and the airspace are controlled by our aircraft and monitored by the radars of our air defense, our aerospace forces and our satellite constellation. Well, let them send their “best in the world” tanks to the Baltic shores. Let their “faster” ships dock on the eastern shores of the Baltic. They still know and remember that they should be afraid of the Russians. And they understand why.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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