DISINFO: Defender 2020 is an anti-Russian provocation used to intimidate the Poles with an alleged Russian threat
Organization of the military manoeuvres [Defender 2020] close to the Russian border is a clear anti-Russian provocation – it suggests that an alleged military threat for Poland and NATO comes from the Russian Federation. These exercises do not improve the security of Poland – this country is rather perceived as a battlefield (as it happened during WWI and WWII).
De facto, the ruling Polish authorities carry out such actions [Defender 2020] in order to intimidate the Polish society with Russia in future.
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Exercise Defender-Europe 2020 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theatre to various training areas. The aim of the exercises is to increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force and equipment from the United States to Europe; and alongside its allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis. "The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries. Approximately 37,000 U.S., allied, and partner nation service members are expected to participate with roughly 20,000 Soldiers deploying from the U.S," is noted on the official web site of the exercises.
Eighteen countries are expected to participate, with exercise activities occurring across 10 countries. More details about the exercise can be found here.
At a press conference in Berlin on January 14, 2020, the Deputy Commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, General Andrew Rawling, announced that the Defender 2020 is not directed against Russia or against another country: "These manoeuvres are not related to any particular country. In this, they differ from past exercises of the Cold War. It is a question of defence in general under various crisis scenarios."