Russian top general warns that NATO is preparing for a & # 39; large-scale military conflict & # 39;
Russia's top general warns that NATO & # 39; large-scale military conflict & # 39; could cause this by organizing exercises near the Eastern European border
- Valery Gerasimov said that NATO's activities have increased tensions with Russia
- This year, NATO has held exercises in countries such as Norway, Latvia and Estonia
- Moscow has also held extensive war games with relationships at a low of 30 years
NATO exercises near the Russian border can be a & # 39; large-scale military conflict & # 39; the top general of Moscow claims.
Valery Gerasimov said yesterday that Western pressure on Russia & # 39; crisis situations & # 39; can cause things to get out of hand and cause war.
Speaking to foreign military attachments, he accused NATO of increasing tensions in Europe and reducing security along the Russian border.
This year, NATO has held exercises in countries bordering Russia, including Norway, Latvia and Estonia, while Moscow has also organized extensive war games with the worst relations since the Cold War.
Accusation: Valery Gerasimov (photo) said yesterday that NATO's activities have increased tensions and reduced security along the Russian border
Drill: Russia has claimed that NATO exercises near the Russian border, such as the one in Norway, suggest that the alliance is preparing for a & # 39; large-scale military conflict & # 39;
Moscow lifts veil warning system for rocket attacks
Russia today lifted the veil on its tightly-monitored space-based missile warning system, prior to a vote in the US Congress on President Donald Trump's plan to create a new space force.
The new system, called Kupol of dome, is designed to detect ballistic missile launches and follow them to their landing site, according to documents presented to military attachments by the general staff and visible in photos on the website from the Ministry of Defense.
As part of the program, three warning satellites called Tundra have been orbited since 2015.
The exact configuration of Kupol is not known, but it has positioned itself as equivalent to the American surveillance system SBIRS.
General Valery Gerasimov said the newest satellites had significantly increased Russia's capacity to ensure detection of launches and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
He spoke at a briefing from the Department of Defense the day after the US Congress approved an expense account of $ 738 billion (£ 564 billion) to create the new space force, under the control of the Air Force.
Since 2015, Russia has had space forces that are also integrated with its air force and are largely responsible for the defense of missiles.
Gerasimov, head of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, said the Kremlin sees no & # 39; conditions for a large-scale war & # 39 ;.
However, the NATO drilling scenario & # 39; s point to NATO's deliberate preparation for the involvement of troops in a large-scale military conflict, & # 39; he claimed.
Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern about the deployment of NATO forces in the Baltic countries bordering on Russia.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also said today that the & # 39; continuous expansion of NATO's military infrastructure to our borders is worrying & # 39 ;.
The ties between Russia and the West fell to the lowest level after the 1980 series after a series of flame points.
The annexation of Crimea by Russia, the alleged interference in the Western elections and the assassination of Sergei Skripal in Great Britain have all led to diplomatic crises.
Moscow has also organized extensive war games, including practice launches from various intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Warships and strategic bombers also fired cruise missiles at test targets during exercises with 12,000 troops and 105 aircraft.
Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu said the Thunder exercise in October was intended to control the ability of the army to perform tasks in armed conflict and nuclear war.
Moreover, the fear of a new arms race has grown after the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Nuclear Forces Treaty in August, a movement that has signaled this since last year.
Exercises: this year, NATO conducted exercises in countries bordering on Russia, including Norway, Latvia and Estonia (German military personnel were shown in Norway in an earlier exercise)
The 1987 pact signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had banned ground weapons with a range between 300 and 3400 miles.
But Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty and producing illegal missiles.
Earlier this year, the US tested a modified, ground-launched version of a US Tomahawk cruise missile, which would be banned under the treaty.
Putin urged his own defense chiefs to take & # 39; extensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response & # 39 ;.
European leaders have expressed concern about the consequences of the death of the Treaty amid concerns about an arms race that has not been seen since the Cold War.
However, NATO said in a statement in February that the American allies fully support the withdrawal & # 39; and agreed that the Russian 9M729 rocket violated the pact.
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