German report sounds alarm on rising Russian army as intel predicts possible attack on NATO in 2026


Russia is preparing for a large-scale conflict with NATO and could attack at least part of the Alliance's territory as early as 2026, Business Insider reported on March 15, citing a secret analysis by German intelligence services.

Russia is significantly increasing its weapons production and could double its military power over the next five years, the German intel claims.

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The aggressor state is reorganizing its army, moving troops, and deploying missile launchers in the west of the country.

Russia may primarily attack the Baltic states or Finland, the analysis notes.

NATO headquarters is also concerned about Russia's growing military power and the possibility of conflict but does not believe that this will necessarily lead to war.

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U.S. intelligence stated earlier that Russia does not want a direct military conflict with the United States and NATO and will continue asymmetric activities, which, according to its estimates, will not cross the threshold of military conflict on a global scale.

Citing its own sources in the intelligence of a European country, Bild earlier reported that Russia may try to attack Europe in late 2024 or early 2025, when the United States will be "without a leader" and will be able to come to the aid of European states only after some delay.

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, said that civilians in the West should prepare for an "all-out war" with Russia.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that Europe is once again "facing a military threat that has not been seen for 30 years" and warned of the possibility of a Russian attack in five to eight years.

Lithuanian Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupšys said nonetheless that the possibility that Russia could start a war against NATO next year is extremely low.

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