Belarus : “The patient is overexcited.” Approximately such a diagnosis can be made to some political figures in Washington, London and Kiev, who, day and night, demonstrate “such an unnecessary hostility” to Russia that one even marvels. At first, they came up with a threat that Russia was about to deprive its neighbor of “independence”, and then, it seems, they themselves believed in this horror story. An urgent need for a sedative. The recipe, as some joke, knows Shoigu.
In general, the Russian leadership, in recent months, has been demonstrating enviable calm against the backdrop of information hysteria in the West. They say that something similar was observed in English and French newspapers on the eve of the Crimean War of 1854-1856. Russia was represented in them exclusively in the form of a predatory bear. Unfortunately, the Russian ruler Nicholas I underestimated that information attack and did not prepare the country for war, relying on a Russian chance. Tsarist Russia lost the Crimean War.
That lesson took off. At least, NATO’s military activity on the western borders, which has been growing in recent years, has not gone unnoticed. The Union State of Russia and Belarus decided to test the readiness of the troops to defend these lines. For this, a joint exercise “Allied Resolve-2022” was planned. It will be held in February on the territory of Belarus. For some reason, these maneuvers immediately did not please the West. But it didn’t affect anything. The exercise will proceed as planned. This was announced at a meeting with the generals on February 1 by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
By the way, the Russian army, in the course of preparations for the Allied Resolve-2022 exercises, demonstrated unique capabilities for the transfer of troops over long distances. “Troops have been deployed to a distance of up to ten thousand kilometers, including relocated aviation units and military air defense units,” Shoigu told the news, which was probably not without interest to Western “partners”.
Troops were transferred to Belarus from the Eastern Military District. Shoigu said that at the second stage of the exercise, from February 10 to February 20, the troops of Russia and Belarus will work out the tasks of ensuring the military security of the Union State and countering terrorism at five Belarusian training grounds.
The military department does not hide its plans. Of their own free will, they informed professional intelligence officers – foreign military attachés. Even though it didn’t have to.
“MK” asked military experts why the exercises “Allied Resolve” are important for us, which, it seems, could well be renamed “Allied Calm”. And so, and so – in fact.
Here is what Igor Korotchenko, a leading military analyst and editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, said:
“Certainly, the main topic at today’s meeting is a joint exercise. And in them, I think, the key point is the transfer of troops. Perhaps for the first time we are demonstrating such capabilities, when a number of combat-ready and deployed units of the Eastern Military District are being transferred practically across the entire country to the western borders of the Union State.
This shows the mobile capabilities of the modern Russian Armed Forces and their readiness for action, including in unfamiliar potential theaters of war. Troops deployed with a full set of weapons. Their ability to arrive in a fairly short time, turn around and complete a combat mission has been verified.
First, it is important for the development of a military alliance with Belarus. Especially from the point of view of building up forces and means, which, if necessary, we will have to deploy on our western borders in the threatening or pre-war period.
Well, of course, these maneuvers should be considered in the context of the current military-political situation, which is quite alarming. We cannot rule out a military provocation on the part of NATO countries or Ukraine. Under these conditions, the concentration of forces and means, the development of the exercise scenario is another warning to potential aggressors and those who are hatching such plans.”
A well-known military expert, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Alexei Leonkov drew attention to another aspect of the upcoming maneuvers: “Russia and Belarus have signed a whole program for military and military-technical cooperation within the framework of the Union State. It provides, in particular, for the interaction of the entire army of Belarus with all types of the Armed Forces and branches of the Russian Federation. So, the “Allied Resolve” exercises differ precisely in this, for example, from the “West” exercises conducted earlier. The closest interaction between the two armies is now being demonstrated.
How was it before? The Belarusian army will allocate several units. They will come and run with us, shoot, that’s all. Now, all types of armed forces and all types of troops of the two armies, including air defense. The Air Force, even the Space Force, train together. This is done in order to understand how efficient and combat-ready the Belarusian army is, to find out what kind of weapons, what means of combat support it needs to be one with our army. Everything missing will be supplied within the framework of military-technical cooperation. There is the first large-scale combat coordination of the two armies.