NATO Screams 'Huge' Russian War Games, Russia Says 'Not Huge' - Who's Right?
This time it is Germany's Tinkerbell Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen. She claims of 100,000's of Russian Troops. Russia says there will only be 13,000.
Russia is rightly concerned about NATO war games in the Baltics, and is responding with its own. But no one can agree on how large they will be: From Antiwar.com
Continuing to ratchet up tension in the lead-up to Russia’s “Zapad” joint wargames with Belarus, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen repeated the rumors that over 100,000 Russian troops would participate.She insisted such a large size proved Russia was doing it as a show of force.
The claim is not a new one, and rather appears to be a continuation of NATO accusations that Russia has already debunked. Since late July, Russia has estimated the exercise to involve fewer than 13,000 troops total, including both their own and Belarussian troops.
Excellent video footage of Russian marines running war games in the Baltics.
Original NATO claims that the exercise was much bigger than its announced size was based on estimates of civilian personnel involved in the operation across both countries. When tacking on the number of other troops that won’t be leaving their bases but are still technically “on alert” for the exercise, it balloons even further.
Yet there can’t possibly be any evidence that Russia’s official figures are false yet, with the exercise still seven days away. At best this is an accusation based on vague but long-standing mistrust, and Germany feels obliged to complain about the Russian wargames because Russia has complained about much bigger NATO wargames in the same vicinity.
The feminization of Europe - say hello to a gaggle of Defense Ministers from leading NATO countries. Von der Leyen is in the center.
Now say hello to Russia's defense minister, Sergei Shoigu:
We're putting our money on Shoigu.
And here's a cool video of Russian military spirit - the Victory Parade in 2017, with cannons blazing and troops hurrahing:
Anyone is free to republish, copy, and redistribute the text in this content (but not the images or videos) in any medium or format, with the right to remix, transform, and build upon it, even commercially, as long as they provide a backlink and credit to Russia Insider. It is not necessary to notify Russia Insider. Licensed Creative Commons.
Click here for our commenting guidelines