NATO to hold largest military exercise since Cold War: FT reveals details
NATO is preparing to hold the largest military exercise since the Cold War next year to practice attempts to repel possible Russian aggression against one of its members. More than 40 thousand servicemen will take part in them.
This is reported by the British newspaper Financial Times. According to the article, the joint command and staff exercise Steadfast Defender is part of NATO's rapid transition from crisis response to combat operations caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
They are to begin in the spring of 2024 with the involvement of 500 to 700 air combat missions, more than 50 ships and about 41,000 military personnel, NATO officials said.
The exercises will involve 32 countries, including Sweden, which has not yet joined NATO. They will be held on the territory of Germany, Poland and the Baltic States.
According to the legend of the exercise, a NATO member country will be attacked by a Russian-led coalition called Occasus.
The maneuvers are part of a new training strategy that calls for two large NATO exercises a year instead of one. The alliance will also train to counter terrorist threats outside its borders.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- On September 9, started large-scale NATO exercises near the coasts of Latvia and Estonia in the Baltic Sea. They involve 13 countries of the Alliance and Sweden, involved 3 thousand people, up to 30 ships and 15 aircraft. Within the framework of the exercises it is practiced the withdrawal of troops in the Baltic Sea and landing of landing troops in case of war.
- Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a sharp speech at the YES forum against the West and called for Ukraine to be admitted to NATO. "There was an argument that if Ukraine became a member of NATO it would provoke Putin. But look what happened without Ukraine's membership in NATO," he said.