NATO military head warns Russia threat is growing

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee General Petr Pavel. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The Hill, By By Olivia Beavers, 4 July 2017

The top military officer of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Monday the alliance was working on multiple fronts to thwart Russian efforts to elevate its military power.

General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, told Politico’s Brussels Playbook that it is unclear what the Kremlin’s intentions are, but their steps to increase military prowess is clear.

“When it comes to capability there is no doubt that Russia is developing their capabilities both in conventional and nuclear components. When it comes to exercises, their ability to deploy troops for long distance and to use them effectively quite far away from their own territory, there are no doubts,” Pavel told the newspaper during a breakfast event.

“When it comes to intent, it’s not so clear because we cannot clearly say that Russia has aggressive intents against NATO,” he added.

The general said the allies must be prepared to confront “any potential threat that would mirror the situation we know from Crimea, from eastern Ukraine,” adding that they would not stand for such actions to be “repeated against any NATO ally.”

“We face a huge modernization of all Russia military,” Pavel told the newspaper.

The general said the organization cannot fully focus on one threatening state. He said the alliance is working to vamp up its counter-terrorism efforts.

NATO defense officials are expected to meet later this week in Brussels.

2 thoughts on “NATO military head warns Russia threat is growing”

  1. “When it comes to intent, it’s not so clear because we cannot clearly say that Russia has aggressive intents against NATO,” But we’ll keep on spending the cash though. Do they really know what they are doing, or is it just biased guesswork?

    1. I have seen several documentaries, videos and researched articles about Russia’s intentions. My analysis suggests that Russia wants to be left alone and in peace by the west. Their view is that the peoples and territories Ukraine, Crimea, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Serbia and others are Slavic states and as such part of Russia. The spread of the European Union and it’s growing influence, plus it’s continuing displacement of NATO is a great concern to Russia. I do not condone their actions in the Ukraine, nor do I subscribe to their world view. But I very much sympathise with their position. Would we like it if the Warsaw pact was courting France and Belgium into joining them? Thanks John.

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