Estonian Announcements: Russia is Preparing for a Military Conflict with NATO

"Russia has embarked on a path of protracted confrontation and the Kremlin is probably preparing for a possible conflict with NATO."

by Sead Dedovic
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Estonian Announcements: Russia is Preparing for a Military Conflict with NATO
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Although Vladimir Putin denied Russia's intentions to enter into a direct conflict with NATO, things could be different in the future. Concerning the military aid that NATO and the US provide to Ukraine, the frustrations of Russian leaders are growing day by day. The Russians don't want to silently watch as Ukraine receives huge aid. The war defeats suffered by Russia, they believe, are mostly because the Ukrainians have a large number of weapons as a form of help from NATO.

The Estonian foreign intelligence service has obtained information that surprised the world.

Russia is preparing for a possible military conflict with the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which could happen in the next ten years, the Estonian foreign intelligence service announced on Tuesday.

"Russia has embarked on a path of protracted confrontation and the Kremlin is probably preparing for a possible conflict with NATO that could happen in the next ten years," Estonian intelligence chief Kaupo Rosin said.

Given that the Russians are planning to double the number of forces on the border with Finland and the Baltic states, Estonian intelligence officials believe that this could provoke a reaction from Russia.

He added that a Russian military coup was highly unlikely in the short term, in part because Russia now needs its troops in Ukraine. An attack will remain unlikely as long as Europe also strengthens its armed forces to match Russia's.

"If we don't prepare, the probability of a Russian military coup will be much higher," he said.

NATO is ready for such a scenario and they know Putin and his politics well. Looking at his previous moves, it is certain that this time too we can expect the Russian leader to make unpopular decisions.

The Baltic countries increased their military spending to more than two percent of GDP after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014. NATO allies have also increased their troop presence there. They know that chaos could arise at any moment, with huge consequences for everyone. The greatest fear exists of a new world war. Such announcements have been made by political and military experts for a long time.

NATO members are making every effort to prepare for such a scenario. Leaders of major European countries also stress the danger of Russia and their attack on NATO.

Dmitry Medvedev sent a warning to world leaders: Nuclear weapons as a response

Dmitry Medvedev is talking about what might happen if there is a war between Russia and NATO. He's saying it wouldn't be a typical kind of war with soldiers in trenches and regular weapons. Instead, he's worried about the possibility of using more powerful and destructive weapons. Given Russia's nuclear arsenal, there is a huge fear that the Russians could respond with nuclear weapons.

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Dmitry Medvedev© Andrea Verdelli / Getty Images
 

Medvedev mentions NATO, a big group of countries with a strong military. He's saying that because NATO is so much bigger and has more money for the military, Russia might feel forced to respond in a different, more extreme way. He talks about using missiles with special warheads, including very dangerous nuclear weapons.

When he says it's "equivalent to the proverbial Apocalypse," Medvedev means it could be like a really terrible and destructive event. He compares it to a story in the Bible about the end of the world. Overall, he's trying to show how serious and dangerous a conflict like this could be, especially if powerful weapons like nuclear ones are involved.

Medvedev's warnings could be taken seriously by the whole world. His warnings are being taken seriously globally, considering the potential consequences of Russia resorting to nuclear weapons to achieve its goals.

"They should explain to them what will really happen instead of repeating the deceitful mantra about readiness for a war with Russia."

Medvedev believes that world leaders are scared because of Russia's potential reaction, but that such leaders still try to promote peace and emphasize that NATO is ready for various scenarios. 

On the one hand, we have Medvedev, who clearly wants to instill fear in NATO and the leaders of the countries. 

On the other hand, we have NATO, which is trying to calm the situation and reduce the fear of citizens. 

In any case, both sides would suffer enormous losses if a conflict were to occur. 

The best option is to establish peace in Ukraine and seek a compromise. However, it is difficult to expect individuals to be ready to compromise. If some of the individuals were ready for it, the war would not have started at all. The future is uncertain for Europe and the world. In such an environment, it is difficult to cultivate optimism and hope.

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