Russian and Belarusian forces started a 10- day large-scale military exercise in Belarus on Thursday.
The drills come amid rising pressures over Russia’s buildup of colors near its border with Ukraine.
NATO has described the “ Allied Resolve drills” as Russia’s biggest deployment toex-Soviet state Belarus since the Cold War.
US General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, spoke to his Belarusian counterpart,Maj.Gen. Viktor Gulevich, on Thursday, the Pentagon said.
In a release, the Pentagon said “ The phone call eased communication between both leaders to reduce chances of misapprehension and gain perspectives on current European security.”
The release concluded that the two sides had “ agreed to keep the specific details of their discussion private”.
What’s the scale of the drills?
According to Russia’s Defence Ministry, the drills will take place at five military training areas over the course of 10 days, substantially in western and southwestern Belarus, near the country’s borders with Poland and Ukraine.
It’s unknown how numerous colors are taking part in the drills.
Moscow Carnegie Center experimenter Artem Schreibman wrote that “ there had noway been such a large number of Russian military help on Belarusian soil in the entirepost-Soviet period”. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg estimated the number of colors as being around.
Carl Bildt, former Swedish florescence minister andco-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, told DW the buildup of Russian colors near Ukraine “ is the largest similar buildup we’ve seen in Europe for decades”.
It’s unclear whether nuclear munitions would be part of the drills. According to Russia’s Defence Ministry, shortly before the military exercise started medium- range strategic bombers were on command over Belarus.
Wolfgang Richter, a military expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), told German 🇩🇪 DW there was nothing unusual in similar command breakouts “ the US does this as well, these are political signals.” He added that similar breakouts are typically carried out without the involvement of nuclear munitions.
Iskander-M rockets, which NATO says were brought to Belarus 🇧🇾 can also be equipped with nuclear munitions. Richter refocused out that in Russia these munitions have so far been equipped with conventional munitions.
What are Ukrainian and NATO’s next moves?
Kyiv is starting military exercises on Thursday in response to the drills in Belarus.
Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said this week Ukrainian training would also run from February 10 to February 20. Ukraine has not reported the number of military help and munitions involved in its exercises.
Lithuania’s Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said her country would shoot US- made Stinger dumdums to Ukraine in the coming days while on a visit to Kyiv Thursday ahead of a trip to Berlin to meet the German Chancellor.
Šimonytė wrote on twitter, “ I hope and unfriendly wish that Ukraine no way has to use them.”
A fresh 350 British colors arrived in Poland on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said following a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
After the meeting, Morawiecki said Russian President Vladimir Putin aims to “ tear NATO piecemeal”.
The new deployment of 350 colors adds to the 150 colors the UK transferred last December when Poland was defying a migratory extremity provoked by Belarus on its eastern border.
Britain has also ordered fresh to be “ put at readiness in the UK to support a philanthropic response in the region should it be demanded”, the high minister’s office said.
In the meantime, the UK is nearly doubling its NATO deployment in Estonia from 900 to.
Last week, United States President Joe Biden approved the deployment of fresh forces in East
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