Dear members of the Alliance,
May i take but a short one of your valueble time to discuss a rising problem? It is, of course, Russia i da talk about. During the last year, we have seen Russia very, very aggresivly pursue a path of confrontation. I do reimnd you of several instances where Russia suddenly has sought to bolster its armed forces both in numbers and technology. I directly see no less than four areas of focus:
Russia will move severeal modern aircraft to this small exclave, also ballistic missiles that can hit any of the three baltic nations, Denmark, Germany and Poland. There is talk of Recce-aircraft and even of stealth fighters. This is alarming indeed as it is totally unprovoced and without any reason!
Russian operations and positions in the Caucasus is well known. That they further have upped their position by militarily operating inside Georgia does, however, set a new predicate that is quite dangerous. Will they send the Spetznas into Poland in pursuit of criminals next? That would be a fair thing to do by their new standard. A standard that should not be surprising, as it is written in their defence doctrine since several years. While, true, it has not been enacted in the past, this new move is dangerous and points a light at the fact that Russia sees itself in a new way when it comes to what it allows itself to do abroad.
The Russian claim for the Lomanossov-ridge a few years ago was a starting signal, the heavy presence of Russian naval assets during Cold Response 2012 is surprising. I wonder what will happen this year? And what will happen in 10 years time? If Europe does continue with the current reduction of military forces while russia continues with its singular arms race, then Russia will, not could, be a serious threat to europes ability to act with sovereign actions, in the end threatening us all into submission.
Yes, dear old Cuba may seem insignificant, but i do remind you of the groundless placing of ballistic missiles that can reach Denmark, this can quickly extend to Cuba also. Especially as these could be simply flown in, and America would drink its morning coffe under the threat of russian ballistic missiles.
All put together, i say we see a very sudden, very aggresive change of russian "defence" policy. It is not something we should continue to observe! Now is the time to make a powerfull stand to show that it is not acceptable. We propose that the NATO exercise Cold Response be held annually from now on, and with much greater participation. Denmark offers to host this years exercise on two locations: Bornholm Island in the baltic sea, and on the northeast coast of Greenland. If we do not do this today, then in a few years we might be in for a second cold war!
Nick Hækkerup, the defence minsiter of Denmark, took a slight sip of water. leaned forward towards the microphone and said rahter sadly: