NATO exercises in eastern Europe send signal to Russia

A total of 2,000 troops from nine countries - including the US, Canada and Italy - are taking in the exercises.

By: Press Trust of India | Riga | Published: September 7, 2014 11:19 am
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a leaders meeting on the future of NATO at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Source: AP) U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a leaders meeting on the future of NATO at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (Source: AP)

NATO continued military exercises in eastern Europe aimed at delivering a “loud and clear” message to Russia that the alliance will defend its members.

A large airdrop of troops at Latvia’s Lielvarde military base marked the latest stage of NATO’s Steadfast Javelin II training exercises which began on September 1 and continue until September 10.

A total of 2,000 troops from nine countries – including the US, Canada and Italy – are taking in the exercises which are spread across Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Germany. “Russia has ignored international law and defined itself as an aggressor,” Latvia’s Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis told local LTV television on Saturday.

“We cannot define the enemy [in these exercises], but Russia is a country that poses a potential threat to European countries in general and to NATO.” The exercises are designed to improve the ability of NATO militaries to work together in complex operations, his ministry said in an earlier statement.

“Obviously there is a relevance to the crisis in Ukraine,” said Latvian General Hans-Lothar Domrose, adding that they tell “everyone loud and clear that NATO is ready to defend the territorial integrity of NATO member states.”

General Ed Davis, NATO’s deputy commander of land forces, told LTV that the alliance was building forces that can respond to a “more diverse and dynamic” threat “within 48 hours”.

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    RK Handa
    Sep 7, 2014 at 11:46 am
    NATO forces have combined themselves into one eny against Russia. Member nations of NATO are consolidating themselves to start fight against Russia at a very short notice.These are not good signals clock is being set back to 50 years ago when powerful countries of the world had started militarising themselves, and obviously ,preparing for a war. This is 2014 .... War at this stage shall bring destruction and only destruction to humanity. Both NATO members as well as Russia should cool down...for wise people understand the meaning of war today
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      SSG
      Sep 7, 2014 at 6:46 am
      thank u for showing journalism of courage!!! it truly means courage to turn india against russia as these media are heavily paid by their western counterparts to promote their propaa!!! when the ukraine crisis started not even 1 news paper in India have shown the real picture. The conversation of Victoria Nuland, the conversation of Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign minister that maidan snipers were indeed from the right sector, the forcible coup of viktor yanukovich and the pressure by NATO EU and USA not to use force. the visit of CIA chief and vice president biden and then attack on the eastern europe. the visit of maccain and nuland in maidan and urging protestor to protest until the democratically elected viktor yanukovich government is removed. the buying of stake by a USA company in a Ukrainian petroleum company, eventually USA company which bought stake has joe biden's son as VP. Indians fall prey to money before. i guess money is paid to change public opinion. really journalism of courage.Lets see if Indian express has the courage to post it
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