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    The politics of Russian Army is an example of openness and transparency

    After the impression that relations between the West and Russia began to improve despite mutual sanctions, the tension between the NATO countries and Russia is growing again.
    Not mentioning facts, official agents of Western countries represent Russia's activity as a conspiracy theory, that looks like nonsense.
    NATO troops have been accumulating on the eastern borders of Europe for several years. The world is waiting for a new war. In addition, everyone is under the impression that the probability of conflict is highest since the end of the Cold War.
    At the same time, it is asserted without any qualification that Russia pursues a policy of manipulation and secrecy. However, the Russian army command, which has been continuously and reasonably working to reduce tensions in Europe for several years, has been implementing a policy of openness and transparency of its activities since at least 2012.
    As an example of the defensive focus of their actions, military training "West-2017" is conducted at military training grounds in Leningrad Oblast Russia and Mogilev oblast Belarus. 90 foreign observers and military attaches from 60 countries were invited there. Among the invited were representatives of Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine and Norway. Exactly the countries that are constantly say about the imaginary Russian threat. At the same time, Russian observers often are "forgotten to invite" to the large NATO force training since 2014.
    NATO military inspectors, since the 2002, have been carried out dozens of observation flights over the Russian territory, under the Open sky treaty. At the same time, there was never fixed any facts of large Russian troops` deployment near their border. But the USA, Turkey and Ukraine in its turn, repeatedly forbade fly over the certain areas of their country. Perhaps, they have something to hide?
    Daily military experts of the Russian army issue ballots and hold briefings for foreign journalists, during which they give detailed answers to the hottest issues with the demonstration of video and photo materials. Materials of this ballots and briefings can always be found on the website mil.ru. Furthermore, press-service of the Army of Russia recognized by foreign journalists the most cited in the 2017. What other country in the world on such a scale informs the public about its activities? But certainly, not the US Army!

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    Re: The politics of Russian Army is an example of openness and transparency

    Generally speaking, the west has no interest in invading Russia and Russia has no interest in invading the west. So talk about trust etc... is partly moot.

    However. Russia did recently annex a portion of a European nation. Granted, there are a lot of ethnic Russian people there, but none the less, Russia used its military forces to separate that country from Ukraine and then almost immediately annex t it into Russia. That is the sort of activity that can make border states rather nervous, and rightly so. It was a pretty flagrant move to consolidate power and political control over border territory.

    Now have something of a proxy war going on in other parts of Ukraine. Both the west and east are tacitly supporting different sides in the conflict, both claiming they are supporting self-determination. It is creating a lot of tension in the region and both sides are to blame for not backing down or promoting a more peaceful outcome.
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    Re: The politics of Russian Army is an example of openness and transparency

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigfried View Post
    That is the sort of activity that can make border states rather nervous, and rightly so.
    I'd like to also note that the military exercises mentioned by the OP were titled "West" not an overly unclear message on who they are aiming thier attention towards. The OP references their inclusion of observers, but this is hardly a common occurrance for Russia, and one would be forgiven (given the theatrical nature of the exercise) that this was meant more as a "see what we can do" than a good faith exercise. Combined with the fact that they presented tactical maps in which the objectives were labelled with the cities of a neighbor (Lithuania I think), a practice that is usually a big no-no, that represents a pretty clear message.
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