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NATO “Trident Juncture 2018” drills kicks off in Norway

50,000 soldiers, 10 vehicles, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from 31 countries will participate in the drills
13:32, 25 October 2018

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NATO strategic drills “Trident Juncture 2018” has begun in Norway on October 26. It will one of the largest military exercise held by the alliance after the Cold War as Deutsche Welle reported.

It is reported that 50,000 soldiers, 10 vehicles, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from 31 countries will participate in the drills. Besides the NATO countries, Finland and Sweden also take part in the exercises.

Related: “Clear Sky-2018” drills complete in Ukraine

The main goal of the drills is to check and test the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and other follow-on forces. It should urgently respond to the threat posed to the allies’ countries-members. The Task Force was established in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

Also, the experts think that it is a possible signal to Russia as the Western countries try to convince Russia that NATO is a defensive alliance that defends its member and the attack against one of the countries is useless.

Related: Russia not to allow NATO vessels hold drills in Sea of Azov, - Russia's Foreign Minister

Earlier we reported that NATO strategic drills “Trident Juncture 2018” will last from October 25 through November 7.

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