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This is strategic communications on a grand scale. These exercises, both of them, are clearly intended to send a message to the other side: we are ready, so don’t do anything. Don’t do anything stupid is implied.
Lots of interesting media reports on TJ18 EX plus an excellent explainer by Adm Stavridis. Also some remarkable commentary by the Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrey Kelin, on the subject of NATO expansion. A diagnosis of delusional paranoia would not be out of place.
With more than 50,000 troops from 31 countries, NATO is holding its biggest war games since the end of the Cold War.
Trident Juncture is the biggest exercise of its kind since the Cold War.
The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway’s coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exerci…
Nato has said it will continue its military manoeuvres in Norway as planned despite Russian missile tests announced off the coast.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says he expects Russia to behave in a “professional” manner as the Russian Navy and the Western military alliance both conduct exercises in the same area in …
Both sides conducting separate exercises in waters off Norway’s coast; Jens Stoltenberg says NATO drills aimed ‘purely to prevent, not to provoke’
The Russian Defense Ministry deployed the latest Samarkand electronic warfare systems (EW) in strategic areas, Interfax reported with reference to the data from the government procurement portal. The systems are deployed in seven regions, including the Kaliningrad and Krasnodar oblasts and Primorsky Krai, as well as in the territory of neighboring Belarus. “According to the tender documents, at least 13 EW Samarkand-U, Samarkand SU-Pred-K2, and Samarkand PU-Pred-D” systems have been deployed in Russia. They are located in the Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Murmansk and Nizhny Novgorod oblasts, Krasnodar and Primorsky Kray regions, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and Belarus,” the statement said. The Svet and Samarkand systems entered operational service of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy in 2017. They are stationed at the facilities of the Russian Navy. Russian military do not disclose the purpose and characteristics of the systems. On October 25, the most large-scale NATO military exercises since the Cold War, Trident Juncture 2018, started in Norway. The exercises involve about 50,000 military from 31 countries of the Alliance and partner countries, about 250 aircraft, 65 ships, and up to 10 thousand vehicles.
Admiral James Stavridis explains why the Alliance sees war games as worth the risk
Al Jazeera English Published on Oct 30, 2018 Norway is hosting the largest NATO war games since the Cold War. The Norwegians are also playing a leading role in developing new technologies to keep soldiers alive on the battleground – including robotics.
In mid-October, the U.S. Air Force received its largest shipment of ordnance since the bombing of Yugoslavia in the late 1990s.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, 52nd Fighter Wing Puplic Affairs released impressive photographs of deployment of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Kallax Air Base, Sweden during Exercise Trident Juncture 18. Cold Scandinavian weather conditions at Kallax Air Base in Sweden provide a unique opportunity to test the readiness of the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during Trident Juncture 18. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder says the temperatures dipped below freezing and almost one inch in snow accumulation fell throughout the day. The 480th Fighter Squadron is an active United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the 52d Operations Group, stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The 480th EFS are participating in Trident Juncture 2018 in the skies above Sweden and Norway. With more than 50,000 participants from 31 nations, this is NATO’s largest exercise since 2015. The exercise, conducted over several different European countries including Norway, Finland and Sweden, is designed to test NATO’s ability to plan and conduct a major collective defense operation, ranging from troop training at the tactical level, to command over large elements of a NATO force. The exercise tests the whole military chain – from troop training at the tactical level, to command over large forces. It trains the troops of the NATO Response Force and forces from other allies and partners, ensuring they can work seamlessly together.
Lasse Løkken Matberg’s not a Viking or a hipster. He’s a Norwegian naval officer representing NATO.
During the Valdai Discussion Club, the Director of the Department of European Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Andrey Kelin stated that the possible Ukraine and Georgia’s accession to NATO would become a colossal economic and military problem for Russia. “We will have to build a defensive belt near Sochi and spend enormous resources to prevent a possible attack from the potential enemy, it is inevitable,” TASS news agency cites Kelin as saying. Kelin added that Russia has a long stretch of border with Ukraine but is “absolutely unequipped”. Therefore, it will be necessary to build defensive facilities and move defensive structures to the south. However, he noted that so far it is not necessary to talk about the imminent entry of Ukraine and Georgia into NATO.
Analyst from the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Volodymyr Horbach says that Russia seriously perceives Ukraine’s probable membership of NATO, seeing it as a threat. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in February 2018 appealed to the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, requesting a Membership Action Plan for Ukraine.
The possible entrance of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO will become a military and economic problem for Russia and will force to construct the defensive ring in Sochi region. Andrey Kelin, the Director of pan-European Cooperation Department of the Foreign Ministry of Russia claimed this statement as Interfax reported. “For us, it will be an enormous military and economic problem. We will be forced to construct the defensive ring near the current third capital Sochi. We will be forced to spend enormous resources to prevent the possible actions of the probable enemy. It is inevitable,” he said. The Russian diplomat noted that with such scenario Russia “will be forced to construct the defensive echelons at the border with Ukraine.” “And to transfer the forefront of our defensive constructions to the south against Ukraine,” Kelin said. According to him, “now the situation does not dictate” that the entrance of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO can take place in the nearest future. “But if the relations are launched; if our western, we cannot already call them partners, will follow the way of the escalation of the further confrontation, of course, it can take place, with no doubts. And we will be forced to seriously prepare for this,” Kelin claimed.