Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
21st February, 2016
The planned expansion of NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe does not aim to pose a military threat to Russia, said the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, speaking on Czech TV on Sunday.
“The purpose of increasing the presence of NATO forces in countries on the Eastern borders* of the Alliance is not the establishment of a military threat to Russia. It is rather a demonstration of the unity of NATO partners, and that the Alliance will protect its Eastern and southern partners, in case they face any threat from Russia,” said Pavel.
At the meeting of the Defence Ministers of country-members of NATO on 10th February, the decision was made to expand the presence of the Alliance in Eastern Europe. “It was about the presence on the territory of Poland, the Baltic States, Romania and Bulgaria to the amount of about one brigade, or about 5 thousand soldiers. The brigade will consist of small parts that are directed from different country-members of NATO. And, of course, for Russia there is no real military threat from these multinational forces”, — said the General.
According to Pavel, the absence of such a threat to Russia is evidenced by the fact that the expanded presence of the Alliance will not have any heavy weapons.
Referencing the events of last week, the participation of small NATO units in the protection of the southern borders of Europe, through which flows of illegal migrants pass, General Pavel said that it is premature to say anything specific. The small forces of the Alliance that arrived in the area of the Aegean sea were more supplementary in nature, with the aim, first of all, of providing Greece and Turkey with intel, and monitoring the situation on the sea in the area, said the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
*[O.R: The implication that NATO has “borders” is propaganda at best. NATO is not a country, it does not have a seat at the UN, so how can it have “borders”? Of course, this faux phrase is used to sell the Pentagon narrative of Russia being an “aggressor”.]