The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) in October of 2018, will hold “Trident Juncture” exercises in Europe. These will be the largest since the Cold War. This was stated by the commander of the US Marine Corps, General Robert Neller at the hearing in the House of Representatives of the US Congress.
He added that 45 thousand military personnel of NATO countries will take part, as well as dozens of ships and aircraft, off the coast of Norway. They will repel a “simulated threat.” Neller noted that he expects Russia to protest the exercises, being so close to its borders.
“I think that this shows the seriousness of our strategy, and also that our European allies want to see our presence there and our commitment to their protection,” he added.
Trident Juncture exercises are held every three years. The last exercises in 2015, in which about 36 thousand servicemen of the NATO countries took part, Ukraine was also included.
Earlier, the head of the Norwegian Military Intelligence Service (RNC), Morten Haga Lunde, said that the Russian bombers allegedly took part in working out strikes against Norway.