Saturday, 4 June 2016

Poland: Creates a new paramilitary force of 35,000 to counter Russia

Poland says it will start recruiting in September for a new 35,000-strong paramilitary defence force because of tensions with Russia.

Or in better words because of strategic reasons, as Kaliningrad is cutting the NATO defence line, towards Russia.

Kaliningrad might not be big but it still has what ever defence Russia puts there, and that makes it a question mark at best.
Trust is earned and not given and the actions against little Ukraine is at the time the only reality check the west has on Russian goodwill.

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said top positions in the Territorial Defence Force had already been decided.
The force will have civilian volunteers trained in military skills. It is aimed at countering "hybrid" warfare of the kind that led parts of Ukraine to break away and pledge loyalty to Russia.
Nato also plans to reinforce Poland.
One Nato battalion will be deployed to Poland and three more to the neighbouring Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 
The total troop deployment is expected to be about 4,000, on a rotating basis.

A Nato summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July will finalise the details of that deployment. 
Several of Nato's 28 member states will send troops to beef up the alliance's presence in the east, near the Russian border.

Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea peninsula in March 2014 and the insurgency by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine sent a chill through the former Soviet states who are now Nato members.

Russia has also deployed Iskander-M nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad, a territory sandwiched between Poland and the Baltic states.Which actually borders to Sweden directly as seen on this detailed map ...

In April, Mr Macierewicz said the new Territorial Defence Force was needed because Poland "is threatened by the actions of our neighbour Russia, (which makes no secret of its aggressive intentions and which since 2008 has systematically been undertaking action aimed at destabilising the peaceful order in Europe").

On Thursday Mr Macierewicz announced a September recruitment drive, at a conference of paramilitary organisations in Ostroda, northern Poland.

The Baltic region has experienced heightened military tension in recent months, with Nato complaining of aggressive behaviour by Russian air force jets.  Russian Foreign Ministry department chief Andrei Kelin, (quoted by Reuters news agency)  said the deployment of four Nato battalions to the region "would be a very dangerous build-up of armed forces pretty close to our borders".

And so Russia announced plans to send three new military divisions to areas close to its western and southern borders. SDR asks does Russia really need to fear small Poland, this much? Or is the intention to provocative the west to invest more into the arms race? Let´s not forget that Poland is a mini nation compared to Russia that is one of the 4 largest super nations. Quiet frankly one could compare this move with Goliat getting a bigger club because David got a bigger stone....

Military sources quoted by Russian media say they are likely to be motorised rifle formations of about 10,000 soldiers each.

Next week some already existing Polish paramilitary units will take part in a Nato defensive military exercise in Poland called Anaconda 2016.