In July 11th, the web site of news weekly, the reference news network reported Jason Ramon's article entitled "the expert called the Russian name of the European city to name its military forces as a provocative act" in July 2nd.
Russia has named its military forces in Europe, including the names of the capital of Germany and Poland.
Russian President Putin signed relevant decrees in June 30th, and the names of the new troops were announced in July 1st. According to free radio Europe, the sixty-eighth tank regiment was renamed "Berlin regiment" in the newly named troops, and a land Corps was renamed "Warsaw regiment". Other troops and regiments were named after the names of cities and places in Romania, Belarus and Ukraine.
The picture is that the Russian armoured troops are being trained
The move appears to be provocative at a time when Russia's relations with NATO are highly strained, although Moscow claims to use these names only to "maintain a glorious military and historical tradition." However, these local "historical traditions" related to Russia came from the fact that they were once part of the Soviet Union, and the Soviet Union was officially disintegrated in 1991. As pointed out by free radio Europe, the new name reminiscent of World War II, when Stalin was in power in this country.
In January this year, Moscow took similar measures to rename the Russian Air Force's Regiment under the name of Tallinn, capital of Estonia. The independent newspaper reported that the relevant decree said that the decision was aimed at "enhancing the spirit of military obligations" and "safeguarding the sacred historical military tradition".
Derek Abel, a scholar who specializes in Russian foreign policy at the University of Birmingham, told the British news website that the move could be "provocative."
Abel said: "Russia is worried about its further marginalization in the Baltic States and the further expansion of NATO and the EU. What Russians like to emphasize is part of the strategic narrative about the past glory of the Soviet Union.
The scholar explained that in recent years, Moscow has used these "narratives" to describe Russia as "the Savior of Ukraine and Eastern Europe" in history.
After Russia's 2014 decision to support Ukraine separatist insurgents and annex the Crimea Peninsula, Europe was tired of Russia's expansionist ambitions. Russia's neighbours, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have expressed their fears that Moscow may take a similar move to its sovereignty.
At the beginning of June, the number of US Marine Corps in Norway has more than doubled since next year, and Russia has vowed to allow Norway to bear the "consequences". It is reported that Poland offered $2 billion to the United States in May to allow the United States to permanently garrison its territory. Moscow Kremlin responded to the report, saying the move could lead to its counter measures.
As for Washington, under the leadership of the Trump administration, its tension with traditional European allies and NATO has intensified. At the same time, Trump expressed his desire to improve relations with Moscow. Regarding Ukraine, Trump has been keeping a distance from the firm stand on the future of Crimea. However, U. S. National Security Adviser John Bolton stressed last week that the United States did not think Crimea was part of Russia and did not intend to admit Russia's annexation of Crimea.
The White House announced last week that Putin and Trump met in Finland's capital Helsinki in July 16th after planning a NATO summit. Since the beginning of Trump's administration, the two leaders have met two times, but these two meetings have been carried out in a wider range of summit meetings. (compiling / Ma Dan)
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