It is worth recalling that earlier this month the 29 member states of the North Atlantic alliance held a conference in Watford, UK. Its final statement named Russia as one of the possible main threats to the security of the Euro-Atlantic zone.
War is a word that runs like a scarlet thread through the history of mankind. That is why in most civilized countries war is perceived as a phenomenon bringing nothing but destruction, death and broken human destinies. No matter what historians and anthropologists say about “global progress.” Moreover, in recent years, against the background of remarkably strained relations between Russia and the Western countries a question about the results of numerous local areas of tension all around the world, provocations, mutual statements, etc., is hanging in midair. Finally, the start of the new arms race has long been obvious, no matter how hard the parties are trying to state the opposite. In other words, all the factors are point to a very alarming turn that the situation has taken. Against this background, the recent statement by Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces looks even more alarming. He noted the instability of the global situation, adding that there were many factors for an armed conflict. According to Gerasimov, some actions and decisions taken by NATO in recent years might be evidence of Western countries’ preparations for a large-scale military conflict. He also said that at the moment, there are no real factors that might lead up to a global war. However, the devastating conflicts of recent decades bringing a lot of troubles were not global wars, although a large number of countries were involved in them. In Gerasimov’s opinion, the general tension in the international situation stirs particular concern. It indicates the risks that some crisis situations might get out of control. “In the current circumstances, the possibility of crisis situations is high,” the Russian army daily Krasnaya Zvezda quoted Gerasimov. “They could get out of control and transform into a large-scale military conflict. Meanwhile, the changing forms of armed confrontation allow us to make conclusions that the future wars will embrace all spheres. The decisions of the North Atlantic Alliance’s summit in London are only confirming this assumption. For instance, it recognized outer space as the fifth operating environment where military operations can be conducted. According to Gerasimov, NATO military scientists’ opinions as well as the force projection to the east are pointing at preparation for a large-scale military conflict. It is worth recalling that earlier this month the 29 member states of the North Atlantic Alliance held a conference in Watford, UK. In the final statement of NATO members, Russia was named as one of the possible main threats to the security of the Euro-Atlantic zone allegedly to come. At the same time, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, stressed that NATO does not regard the Russian Federation as its enemy.