“The situation is ripe with potential for either dangerous miscalculation or an accident that could trigger a worsening of the crisis or even a direct military confrontation,” stated the European Leadership Network.
This group of 14 people, which include “former Russian foreign minister Igor Ivanov, ex-German defense minister Volker Ruehe and colleagues from Britain, France, Spain and Turkey,” are pushing for a NATO-Russia meeting to subdue tensions before an actual war breaks out. They insist the two sides need to “set rules for communication at sea and in the air.”
The think tank’s research claims that Russia and NATO perform military drills “with war plans in mind.” NATO only planned 280 exercises in 2015, but Russia announced 4,000 exercises. Even though they plan on more drills, the Russian Foreign Ministry lashed out at NATO:
But in a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry claimed the drills are “a clear demonstration of NATO’s provocative policy to unequivocally support the policies of current Kiev authorities in eastern Ukraine.”
It said: “Not only is NATO not ready to recognise the wrongness and possible explosive consequences of holding such drills but it is considerably increasing their scope.
“These actions … may threaten to disrupt the visible progress in the peace process concerning the deep internal crisis in Ukraine.”
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