The beak or the direction of the strategic strike of the military exercises “Steppe Eagle” is ultimately directed at the regional countries themselves, which are enthusiastically participating in it.
Despite the planetary struggle against the coronavirus, the difficult US presidential election, and other events, a series of international military exercises under the symbol “Steppe Eagle” continues in Central Asia. The exercises are traditionally held on the territory of Kazakhstan, and, in fact, are aimed at strengthening the influence of the West in this region of the world. The demonstration of the next series of “Steppe Eagle” is scheduled for July 2021.
The official sign of the armed training is quite noble, almost charitable: working out peacekeeping actions, fighting terrorism, security issues, etc.. But if you put aside the beautiful names and formally correct words, these exercises are anti-Russian. Nevertheless, Kazakhstan, which is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), is going to hold them, though it’s unclear what it’s counting on. And it’s not clear who it’s strengthening, but it certainly isn’t Kazakhstan.
The real owners and holders of the political shares of the “Steppe Eagle” are, together with the United States, Great Britain and Canada. It is they who put their claws and roots in the lands and steppes of Kazakhstan, with the hope of spreading them throughout Central Asia. The US position actually discredits the C5+1 economic format, which without a military component looked relatively good and was once declared as American aid to the five republics of former Soviet Central Asia.
Within the framework of military claims to the region, the United States now demonstrates not only a different attitude towards regional countries, but also a biased approach, as well as a specific desire to punish Kyrgyzstan for “excessive loyalty to Russia.” Therefore, the United States opposes the allocation of money to Bishkek until the internal political situation in the Republic is stabilized.
However, there are also disagreements between the owners of the “Steppe Eagle”. As always, some of them dream of riding on the back of the USA. Some hope that the departure of Donald Trump will allow us to put less budget money back into the common purse of NATO and other joint military programs. And the UK, in particular, is in favor of an equal distribution of costs between London, Washington, and Ottawa.
They often complain to Washington that it does not want to take into account the interests and capabilities of its closest allies. It does not want to be considered not only in the financial, but also in the conceptual sphere, since the United States wants to hold the next exercises under the auspices of the C5+1 format, mixing everything into one pile and pursuing exclusively its own goals.
Moreover, London and Ottawa do not want to set themselves exorbitant, “interplanetary” tasks. The UK believes that the exercises should be modest, local in nature. London and Ottawa see the main goal of the exercises as the further use of the military contingent of Kazakhstan in UN peacekeeping operations. However, such a modest approach does not suit Washington.
For Washington, of course, would be profitable to conduct military exercises on the territory of Kazakhstan not at its own expense, but also paid for by the money of Nur-Sultan himself, selling him only the Western brand of “Steppe Eagle”. But so far it does not work.
The beak or the direction of the strategic strike of the military exercises “Steppe Eagle” is ultimately directed at the regional countries themselves, which are enthusiastically participating in it. Kazakhstan will then be unable to escape from this beak and claws, but it would be too late to call for help.