NATO has stated that the civilian population in the West should prepare for "total war" with Russia
Dutch Admiral and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Rob Bauer has warned that civilians in the West should prepare for a possible conflict with Russia. He noted that the armed forces are already prepared for a potential war.
However, civilians should also be ready for a conflict that could bring significant changes to their daily lives, as reported by Sky News.
"We must realize that peace is not guaranteed, that we currently live in peace. That's why we (NATO forces - Ed.) are preparing for a conflict with Russia... But the discussion is much broader. It also includes the industrial base and people who need to understand that they play a role," the admiral said.
Bauer also expressed the opinion that Sweden did the right thing when it called on its population to prepare for a possible war earlier this month.
"It all starts with the realization that not everything can be predicted, and not everything will be fine for the next 20 years," he said.
The senior official's warning came shortly before the start of NATO's largest exercise since the Cold War, during which the alliance plans to improve its readiness to defend against an invasion by Russian troops.
It is noted that about 90,000 troops, including 20,000 from the United Kingdom, will take part in the Steadfast Defender exercise, which will last until May.
Earlier, Bauer called on Western countries to prepare for an era when "anything can happen at any time," including the possibility of war.
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As a reminder, Admiral Rob Bauer said that from a military point of view, the actions of Russia's occupation forces in Ukraine are practically ineffective. At the same time, the Ukrainian army is making progress at the front - the soldiers have liberated about 50% of the occupied territory and are inflicting deep strikes, destroying key Russian capabilities in the war.