Vostok 2022: the military convergence of Eurasia

Although a significant number of providers would be of the old order want to believe us that the major developments that will significantly affect the world as we know are related to the recent largely insignificant military offensive (as Scott Ritter put it) by a “Ukrainian-manned NATO army” in Kharkiv, this cannot be further from the truth – if we accept a much broader perspective than that offered by Western Parochialism.

While much of the Western world hailed the Pyrrhic victory, it actually served as a catalyst to further escalate the conflict initiated by US neoconservatives and was successful tedious by Washington and its vassals, the rest of the world paid close attention military exercises held in Russia earlier this month.

The Vostok 2022 exercises ran from September 1st to 7th. They were carried out under the command of the Chief of the General Staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov nine training places in the area of ​​the military district east, as well as Marine and coastal zones of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and the Sea of ​​Japan.

The purpose of the war games, like the Ministry of Defense stressed in a statement it was to “ensure the military security of the Russian Federation and its allies”.

“Today, soldiers and officers from 10 countries are in a formation, a total of 14 countries are taking part in the exercise,” said Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Colonel-General Yunus-Bek Yevkurov at the opening ceremony at Sergeyevsky training ground in Primorsky Krai.

“Tens of thousands of soldiers and thousands of equipment units are conducting real-time combat training missions at nine training sites according to a single plan.”

What were those conditions? Well, participants in the maneuvers included Armenia, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Syria, Nicaragua, Laos, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, China, India and of course Russia.

Some are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Overall they billed for more than 50,000 soldiers in training accordance with the 1996 Treaty on Military Confidence-Building Measures.

But let’s face it, the real heart of the military show was the participation of the Chinese armed forces, which formed the second largest contingent of the parties involved. While the Middle Kingdom has participated in Russian strategic war games four times so far, this was the second time the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) participated in the Vostok exercises, and the first time represented in the exercises through its ground, naval and air force branches.

In a manifestation of the deepening of combat coordination between two powers, the Navy of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the PLA United forces in sea areas in the Sea of ​​​​Japan and the Sea of ​​u200bu200bOkhotsk on September 2 with the aim of practicing the defense of sea lanes and areas of maritime economic activity, as well as supporting ground forces in maritime directions – in particular emphasis pose a US threat in the region (something made clear in Moscow’s new document). naval doctrine which I analyzed extensively at Asia Times).

What was the result? “The Pacific Fleet naval groups successfully conducted missile and artillery fire on air targets,” the Russian Defense Ministry said announced on the same day. And all this opposed the Japanese objection to hold exercises near the southern Kuril Islands.

However, the main phase of this year’s Vostok chapter took place on September 6, when, as per Reuters reported, “Smiling Putin” arrived at the Sergeyevsky training ground in Primorye Krai. The Russian President joined Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov (including more than 170 observers from 35 countries) to personally follow the military exercises.

The joint strategic operation involving an international coalition group consisting of Troops from Russia, China, India, Belarus, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia and Algeria was divided into three stages and was crowned with the defeat of the hypothetical enemy.

As Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin summarized At a press conference for foreign attachés on September 9, Vostok 2022 demonstrated “the increased capabilities of the troops and increased interoperability of the military command of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, allied and friendly countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, East and Latin America .”

In this sense, considering that the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security, held on 08/16 gathered more than 700 delegates from 70 countries and It is fair for defense ministers from 35 countries to argue that the US-led attempt to isolate Russia falls short.

Most important if we consider Fomins claim that “the joint use of aircraft and warships by Russia and China was the main feature” of the recent exercises in the Far East, we could pause for a moment and allow ourselves to ask: Is Vladimir Putin bluffing when he says as he did during a speech in August that “Russia will ensure its national interests and the protection of its allies”?

Since it is believed that “Washington plans to achieve military strategic supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region” at the expense of Moscow and Beijing, these two countries are growing even closer together in military, economic and diplomatic terms.

This is recently proven in the Pacific Ocean, where the two countries held joint patrols – and all that midst the first meeting since the outbreak of Covid-19 between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

“The patrols’ tasks include strengthening naval cooperation between Russia and China, maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, coastal surveillance and protecting Russian and Chinese nautical economic sites.” read the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Add to that the ever-rising tensions in Ukraine and Taiwan, and it’s hard to disagree with Henry Kissinger, who believes “We are on the brink of war with Russia and China over issues that we partly created ourselves.”

With no hope in the immediate future of “splitting them off and pitting them against each other,” the collective West has two choices: It can do both Listen according to Kissinger and not “accelerate tensions and … create options,” or it may risk a two-front war that would pit “America against the resources of nearly half the Eurasian landmass,” as former US diplomat A. Wess Mitchell put it warned in The National Interest magazine last year.

The correct answer to this question will determine whether human civilization survives or perishes in a war on a scale the world has never seen before.

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