NATO begins nuclear exercises amid tensions with Russia | World News


NATO has begun its annual nuclear exercises in northwestern Europe amid tensions over the war in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin’s threat to use any means necessary to defend Russian territory.

fourteen of NATOAll 30 of ‘s member countries were to participate in the exercises.

The military alliance said the practice operation would involve around 60 aircraft, including fighter jets and surveillance and refueling planes.

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Most war games will take place at least 1,000 km (625 miles) from Russia’s borders.

US B-52 long-range bombers launched from Minot Air Base in North Dakota will also take part in the exercises, dubbed Steadfast Noon.

NATO said the training flights will take place over Belgium, which will host the exercises this year, as well as over the North Sea and the United Kingdom.

The exercises involve aircraft capable of carrying nuclear warheads, but do not involve actual weapons.

They were planned before Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in February.

“The exercise, which will last until October 30, is a routine and recurring training activity and is not linked to any current world events,” the alliance stated on its website last week.

“This exercise helps ensure that the alliance’s nuclear deterrent remains safe and effective,” NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.

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Russia usually holds its own annual exercises, dubbed Grom, around the same time of year, and NATO expects Moscow to exercise its nuclear forces this month.


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