'There's No One Else to Fight': Russian Analysts Not Fooled by NATO Drill Jargon | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'There's No One Else to Fight': Russian Analysts Not Fooled by NATO Drill Jargon

Trident Juncture 18, NATO's largest Arctic drills since the Cold War, kicked off last week in central Scandinavia, with 50,000 troops, 140 aircraft and 70 ships including a US carrier group simulating a response to an attack "from the north." Speaking to Sputnik, military observers said that it's obvious who this "northern threat" is meant to be.

On Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry confirmed that two Tu-160 strategic bombers had performed a 10 hour flight over neutral waters in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, prompting the UK to scramble jets to accompany them amid the massive NATO drills in the area. The same day, Russia announced it would be holding naval rocket firing drills near Finnmark, northern Norway, several hundred kilometers from the NATO exercises, starting next week.

NATO members plus partners Sweden and Finland are smack in the middle of drills, with live fire exercises starting running until November 7 in central and eastern Norway, the Danish straits and the Baltic Sea, the Norwegian and North Sea, Iceland, and the airspace above Sweden and Finland, between 200 and 1,000 km of the Russian border. After that, the alliance will run command post drills, with the exercises wrapping up November 24.

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