Published on: Nov 4, 2018 @ 18:24 – In the event of an armed conflict with Russia, European NATO countries will face serious problems, says Jan Broeks, head of the International Military Corps of the Atlantic Alliance (NATO).
Speaking about this development scenario in relations between NATO and Russia, the military commander pointed out, cited by the Defense News newspaper, the disadvantages that the joint army of the member countries of the organization currently has.
“From a military perspective, of course I would say it is not moving fast enough,” he said.
In this connection, says Broeks, NATO allied forces must pay more attention to logistical issues. It is vital to increase the handling capacity of the main ports, find roads that can support the weight of military equipment and repair obsolete railways.
At the same time, in his view, it is necessary to resolve legal issues between the European Union and NATO. That is, members of the military bloc must obtain the permission of all EU countries to cross the borders of their airspace.
The statements of the general officer were made in the context of major NATO military exercises since the end of the Cold War in Norway.
The NATO Trident Juncture 2018 exercises are being held in Norway since October 25 with the participation of 31 countries.
The maneuvers involve 50 ships, 250 aircraft, 10,000 vehicles and 50,000 personnel. Sweden and Finland are also taking part in the maneuvers.
All participants and organizers of the Trident Juncture, including NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, try to emphasize in their speeches that the maneuvers are completely open, transparent and defensive. So that nobody doubts this, all the representatives of the countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including Russia, have been invited to follow the exercises.
However, Moscow does not believe in the innocuousness of these training exercises. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has classified NATO maneuvers as an anti-Russian provocation and emphasized its negative impact on the security of all countries in the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that the military activity of the Atlantic Alliance near Russian borders reached an unprecedented level.