For war conflict between NATO and Russia which could begin in the summer of 2025, Germany is preparing, according to German newspaper Bild, citing a classified document allegedly leaked by the German Ministry of Defense.

Bild claims that based on the secret document it has access to, the German armed forces (the Bundeswehr) are preparing for an attack by Moscow on the eastern wing of the alliance (Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria). In the document it is outlined “escalation to conflict” between Russia and NATO, with Vladimir Putin using Belarus as the “starting point” for the invasion.

According to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, an attack on one member of the alliance is considered an attack against all member states, and elicits a collective response.

Moscow’s response

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the war scenario by mocking it in a Telegram post.

“I read the German ‘secret plan’ that the Bild dump leaked. Last year’s horoscope for Pisces in Cancer is strong,” he said. “I assume that the analysis was undertaken by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Analena Burbock” the Russian official added.