NATO exercises near Russian border – Labor Newspaper – The Laborer

“Large-scale NATO exercises began in Estonia on May 16. Exercise ‘Hedgehog 2022’ is one of the largest exercises in the history of the Baltic state” – radio rt According to NATO, “about 15,000 soldiers from 14 countries took part in the exercise, including members of the bloc and partners.”

Soldiers from Finland, Sweden, Georgia and Ukraine, among others, are taking part in the exercise. The exercise has the participation of all members of the armed forces to practice both in the air, at sea, on the ground and in electronic warfare, television stations. yle reported by Finland.

radio rt Citing a NATO statement, the US Navy’s Wasp Kearsarge-class amphibious assault ship will also take part in the exercise. However, NATO and Estonian forces both denied that the exercise took place just 60 kilometers from the Russian border in response to Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.

The NATO exercise comes just a day after Finland and Sweden officially announced their plans to join the US-led military alliance, which NATO says currently has 30 members. rt

Amid the tensions, NATO showed military strength near the Russian border - Photo 1.

A NATO exercise. Photo: Sputnik

“However, the exercise in Estonia is only part of a large-scale NATO military action near the Russian border.” rt The other Baltic country, Lithuania, is also conducting the “Iron Wolf” exercise with 3,000 NATO troops and 1,000 military equipment, including two German Leopard 2 tanks.

Two of NATO’s largest exercises, Defender Europe and Swift Response, are taking place in Poland and eight other countries, involving 18,000 troops from 20 countries.

“These exercises show that NATO is taking a strong stance and is ready to defend our member states against any threat,” the radio station said. rt Citing NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu, the exercise will help “clear up miscalculations and misunderstandings about our determination to protect every inch of our member countries’ land.”

The NATO rapid reaction force is currently taking part in the 7,500-strong military exercise “Wettiner Heide” in Germany. The naval exercises of the “Neptune series” with the participation of the aircraft carrier strike group USS “Harry S. Truman” will also take place in the Mediterranean Sea. This is the second time since the end of the Cold War that this US aircraft carrier battle group has been transferred to NATO command.

Poland and the Baltics are expected to continue holding what NATO considers “the largest integrated air and missile defense exercise in Europe” with 23 countries participating in June.

Finland, which shares long borders with Russia and Sweden, has decided to reconsider its longstanding policy of neutrality.

“This development has sparked a wave of criticism from Moscow, which has warned it will have to react if Finland and Sweden join NATO. Moscow also claims that NATO enlargement poses a direct threat to their security” – radio rt to write.