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Tanks, troops, jets: NATO countries launch full-scale war games in Baltic

Published time: June 09, 2014 13:36
Edited time: June 10, 2014 13:53
U.S. army paratroopers attend opening ceremony of NATO military exercise "Saber Strike" in Adazi June 9, 2014. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)

U.S. army paratroopers attend opening ceremony of NATO military exercise "Saber Strike" in Adazi June 9, 2014. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)

A major military exercise kicked off in Latvia, with 10 NATO member countries participating. The war games involve 4,700 troops and 800 military vehicles. Russia sees NATO's military build-up as a sign of aggression.

The Saber Strike ground forces exercise is being conducted for the fourth time this year and coincides with Baltic Host 2014 and Baltops 2014 naval drills.

Troops from the US, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway and the UK are taking part.

The two-week exercise is hosted by the three Baltic States, although some parts will be conducted in Germany.

A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber (Reuters/Tim Chong)

For Latvia, where the opening ceremony was held, it's the biggest NATO military drill since its accession to the alliance in 2004, the country's defense ministry said Monday in a statement. The ceremony was crowned with a US strategic bomber B-52 flyover.

In total, Saber Strike will involve about 2,600 troops coming mainly from Denmark (1,100), Lithuania (900), about 200 soldiers from the US, 100 from Britain, 50 from Poland and several dozen each from Estonia and Finland. The exercise will include about 800 military vehicle units.

The UK’s HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, will take part in the two-week long security exercise, the BBC reports.

The exercise comes amid high tension between NATO and Russia over the Ukrainian political crisis. The alliance ramped up its presence in Russia's neighborhood, claiming that it is a response toward Moscow's aggressive stance.

Britain's army soldiers march during opening ceremony of NATO military exercise "Saber Strike" in Adazi June 9, 2014. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)

Russia says NATO's actions are provocative and is taking measures to balance the shift in military power.

“We can't take this military buildup by the alliance next to Russia's borders as anything but a demonstration of hostile intention. The deployment of extra NATO troops in Central and Eastern Europe, even on a rotational basis” is a violation of Russia's agreements with the alliance, Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov said Monday.

“Of course we won't stand idly and watch the militarization of the countries in our neighborhood and will take all necessary political and military measures to ensure our security,” the diplomat told Interfax.

On Thursday, eight US Minnesota National Guard F-16 fighter jets arrived in Amari airbase, that are going to make battle flights over the Adazi polygon. Also KC-135 refueling tankers are located in Amari, as well as transport planes and naval aircraft P-8. Among Estonian Air Force units participating in the exercise, in addition to the support team, L-39 jets and air fire commanders participate.

Comments (378)

 

Beatrix Phocas 05.07.2014 01:59

Saylor Bob 15.06.2014 21:36

Personally, I would not Trust Putin as far as I could throw him. Putin is dumb like a Fox. America's nit wit prexident has done nothing ever sense he was elected.

  


Putin's out there willing to talk, while Obama is aloof--cool like Karla, a fanatic. Putin's a one lifepath--loves solving problems.

I wonder if someone isn't setting Obama up to make his look good/bad(?!).

I just bury my face in my hands while my heart sinks.

 

Saylor Bob 15.06.2014 21:36

Personally, I would not Trust Putin as far as I could throw him. Putin is dumb like a Fox. Once he learns how to get into the Hen House? There is going to be trouble. Every sense the Soviet Union collasaped. Russia under Putin started rebuilding it's military forces. It' had Twenty Years, to do it and do it they did. While America's nit wit prexident has done nothing ever sense he was elected.

 

Walter Williams 12.06.2014 20:20

Kaela Creighton 10.06.2014 23:59

must destroy Putin... so angry... can't feel it. Don't care. Where is my baseball bat? I want to play, too. I'm on NATO's side now. You guys are too stupid to block me from your little game. I've got to get off this site, or I'm going to explode. Not good for me...

  


It is evident that you have a problem. This article was pretty neutral. What angered you about it?Was straight up and gave Moscows stance on it. What is so objectionable in this article?

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