Trident Juncture military drill kicks off in Norway

19:05, 25 October 2018

NATO strategic drills “Trident Juncture 2018” begun in Norway Thursday. It will be one of the largest military exercise held by the alliance since the Cold War. 50,000 soldiers, 10 vehicles, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from 31 countries will participate in the drills. Apart from the NATO countries, Finland, Sweden and Ukraine also joined in.

The main goal of the drills is to check and test the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and other follow-on forces. These units 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.

Experts mark it is a possible signal to Russia as the Western countries try to convince the Kremlin that NATO is a defensive alliance that protects all of its members and the attack against one of the countries would mean the aggression against all.