"US warships are putting around in the Black Sea, NATO is holding exercises only a few hundred meters from the Russian border, a rocket shield aimed against Russia [is being built] – the list of provocations by the US and its NATO vassals is long," Maier argues. "However, the reaction of "the 'Russian Bear' looks more like the friendly Baloo from The Jungle Book than an aggressive grizzly…Even if Moscow ever decides to flex its muscles, it will not be in order to provoke; that is NATO's specialty."
Maier's article, entitled "Military Maneuvers: Equal Rights for All?" asks how the US would react if Russia conducted military exercises near Florida: "Imagine if Russia and China, together with Cuba and Venezuela, were to hold military maneuvers…directly in the Gulf of Mexico, right in the United States' backyard. Imagine the outcry in Washington, the massive media smear campaign that would unfold in the face of this 'indescribable military provocation'. One can only imagine…"
Maier believes that it is only thanks to Russia's present leadership that Russia has not responded in kind to US actions. "It would be perfectly in their right to do so. Namely, if American battleships 'play war' along the Russian maritime border, it would only be fair if Russian warships conducted their exercises in the Caribbean."
The article concludes that if "another man were president of Russia," Russia would have responded to US provocation, "and the world would be brought one step closer to a new World War. We Europeans especially should be grateful to Mr. Putin for his prudence."
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