‘Strike from two directions’

‘Strike from two directions’

Andrey Kots

Washington is raising the stakes against Moscow. Recently, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu drew attention to a sharp increase in the activity of US strategic aviation. The statement came against the backdrop of more and more harsh anti-Russian statements. Why overseas continue to add fuel to the fire – in the material RIA Novosti.
“Nuclear” training
American “strategists” B-1B and B-52 visit our borders for a reason: according to Shoigu, the pilots are practicing the use of cruise missiles and learning to hit targets deep in Russian territory. They train extremely intensively: this month such flights were performed about 30 times, 2.5 times more often than last November.
This says only one thing: the Pentagon is trying to prepare as many strategic bombers as possible for a potential armed conflict with Moscow.
The recent Global Thunder exercises have been dedicated to the same thing. Shoigu said that ten aircraft at once worked out nuclear strikes on Russia simultaneously from the west and east. We were maneuvering just 20 kilometers from the state border. However, in the event of a real war, they would hardly have been allowed so close. “In all cases, our air defense means timely detected American strategic bombers, established continuous monitoring and implemented measures to prevent incidents,” the minister stressed.
Sensitive blow
The Americans do not even think to hide who their aviation is against. At the end of October, immediately after a pair of B-1Bs flew along the Crimean coast, Forbes explained: the “strategists” are working on a new task – the destruction of the Baltic and Black Sea fleets with LRASM anti-ship missiles. And in November, Popular Mechanics magazine clarified that fifth-generation F-35 fighters will be armed with B61-12 thermonuclear bombs for strikes on command posts of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.
“The difficult military-political situation in the world and the increased activity of NATO countries near the Russian borders dictate the need for further qualitative development of the armed forces,” noted Sergei Shoigu.
In mid-November, Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon. The Ministry of Defense reported on the successful destruction of the Celina-D spacecraft, which had been in orbit since 1982, by an unnamed rocket. The Americans were outraged. Officials vied with each other to accuse Moscow of militarizing space and creating a threat to the International Space Station. Such a nervous reaction is caused by the fact that Washington is worried about its satellite constellation, to which all NATO troops are tied, including strategic aviation.
Information “bulk”
In addition to military preparations, the West is conducting an active information campaign against Russia. Actually, this has been going on since 2014, but after the visit of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Ukraine, it has already turned into a real hysteria. Western media and politicians daily accuse Russia of preparing an invasion of Ukraine. The trigger for this “bulk” was the outright stuffing of Politico at the end of October.
The Kremlin is allegedly deploying troops for a full-scale offensive. The journalists named Yelnya in the Smolensk region as the place of concentration of military equipment and personnel. True, they did not specify that from there to Ukraine there are more than 250 kilometers in a straight line.
The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine initially denied this information, assuring that intelligence did not record the concentration of Russian troops. But later Kiev, apparently, received new instructions from Washington. And the Ukrainian media began to repeat after the Western curators the mantra about the imminent Russian invasion. They even named the dates: Catholic Christmas or late January – early February.
“The anti-Russian and anti-Chinese rhetoric in the United States and NATO countries has lately been completely outrageous,” says American political analyst Sergei Sudakov. “There are a number of reasons for this. First, economic models are changing due to the coronavirus pandemic: the covid hit the United States painfully. Second, the flight of Americans from Afghanistan after 20 years of war showed the world that Washington is not omnipotent. It is increasingly difficult for the White House to maintain hegemony in the international arena, based mainly on fear and political pressure. US authority is no longer as high as two years ago. Therefore, the authorities and special services focused on creating an image of an external enemy, allegedly threatening the world order. “
According to the expert, with the latest actions and statements, the Americans want to demonstrate to their allies their readiness to enter into conflict with major world powers. And thereby to stake out the usual role of a leader on a planetary scale. But so far, Sudakov is sure, this is just a saber-rattling. “The White House is not ready for a full-scale war with Russia. We still have something to answer, so much so that it will not seem a little,” he points out. But military provocations on the Russian borders are very likely.
The key piece for Washington on the chessboard is Ukraine. Kiev is stubbornly pushed towards a military solution to the Donbass problem. With the sole purpose: to drag Russia into the war, and then accuse the Kremlin of aggression and impose new sanctions. The endgame of this geopolitical “party” is likely to be played out in the coming months.

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