Things are getting nuclear as NATO reportedly admitted Russia’s simulated attack against Sweden. Specifically, Russia bombers attacked military and intelligence installations in 2013 war game that left Sweden caught off guard. Furthermore, Russian president Vladimir Putin also ignored pleas from the United States as he sent out a top gun fighter jet to join to Syria.
NATO said that Russian air force initiated a mock nuclear strike against Sweden as part of the war games three years ago. “As part of its overall military build-up, the pace of Russia’s military maneuvers and drills have reached levels unseen since the height of the Cold War,” explained Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO for his 2015 annual report.
Over the past three years, Russia has conducted at least 18 large-scale snap exercises, some of which have involved more than 100,000 troops. “These exercises include simulated nuclear attacks on NATO Allies (eg, ZAPAD [a large-scale Russian military exercise]) and on partners (eg, March 2013 simulated attacks on Sweden),” added the official via The Telegraph.
Specifically, four Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters escorted two Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers as they cruised past the Gulf of Finland which is only 24 miles of Swedish territory off the island of Gotland. That is, Russia’s force was just around 100 miles from Stockholm last March 29, 2013.
While this has been a surprising turn of things, Russia continues to challenge parties across the globe as it seemingly dismissed Secretary of State John Kerry’s appeals to halt bombings in light of humanitarian aid to affected Syrians. Russia has been linked to escalating military involvement which is not registering well for a number of countries. “[T]here will be a ceasefire,” Fox News quoted Kerry last Tuesday. “We expect a ceasefire. And we expect adherence to the ceasefire. And we expect full humanitarian access.” However, Russian bombings did not ease up and this has left thousands of Syrians starving, Kerry alleged.