Nato says Norway exercises will go ahead despite Russian missile tests off the coast

By On October 30, 2018

Nato says Norway exercises will go ahead despite Russian missile tests off the coast

Nato has said it will continue its military manoeuvres in Norway as planned despite Russian missile tests announced off the coast.

More than 50,000 Nato troops, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are exercising in Norway, Iceland and Finland as part of Trident Juncture, the biggest Nato drills since the Cold War.

But it has emerged that Russia will hold missile tests from ships off the Western coast of Norway from Thursday to Saturday. Moscow has called the Nato exercises “anti-Russian” and disputed that they are defensive in nature.

While the bulk of the war games will take place in central Norway, some operations will take place on the coast and in the Norwegian Sea.

Speaking with reporters in Trondheim, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary general, said Russia had informed the military alliance last week of its plans to test missi les in international waters near the More og Romsdal region.

That is the same region where troops from the USS Iwo Jima, which survived the stormy seas that damaged another US ship last week, practiced landing via hovercraft on Monday.

Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway

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