NATO launches major war games near Russia – WeForNews

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NATO has deployed 30,000 troops, 50 ships and 200 aircraft from 27 member states to Norway to conduct the long-planned Cold Response military exercise, which started on Monday and will last until April.

“The exercise will ensure that Norwegian and allied forces are capable of conducting complex joint operations in a demanding climate and in difficult high-intensity situations,” explains the Norwegian Armed Forces website.

NATO soldiers will test their skills operating in extreme and rugged environments, from frozen fjords to shivering seas and ice-encrusted mountains. Since the main objective of the exercises is to practice the deployment of military units to and from the sea coast, naval forces will play a crucial role.

According to NATO, the purpose of the exercises is to help “Allies and partners to practice [sic] working together so that they are prepared for any situation. The Norwegian Armed Forces certify that this exercise is a central arena for testing the deployment of the NATO Response Force.

The NATO drills are taking place as Russia continues its military action in Ukraine. Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk.

Norwegian and NATO officials have repeatedly said the exercise was planned long before Moscow launched its military operation in late February.

“It is important to emphasize that ‘Cold Response 2022’ was planned long before the war in Ukraine. The exercise is neither unexpected nor surprising for the Russian authorities,” the Norwegian Armed Forces said.

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