Russian warships and fighter jets taunt the participants of NATO BALTOPS 2015. Su-24s and Corvettes flew over and make passes as partakers from 17 nations begun formation.
As the war games continue, a survey showed that many of NATO allies are reluctant to use force against Russia.
Russia war planes and ships tease BALTOPS 2015 participant
The war games is being participated by 17 nations including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. However, Russia was not intimidated.
“During our formations shortly after we left port, we had some company from Russian ships shadowing us, and about mid-afternoon we were overflown by two Russian jets. They looked like Su-24s. They made a few passes and then a couple of Russian Corvettes came up on either side of the formation as we were conducting our exercises — nothing untoward, just showing interest and showing that they know we are here,” said U.S. 6th Fleet commander, Vice Adm. James Foggo.
NATO’s BALTOPS 2015 Demonstrate solidarity within the alliance
Foggo said the incident opened an opportunity to show Russia that the alliance is built with strength and solidarity. He said they tried to communicate with the Russian military but to no avail.
Despite the incident, Rear Adm. Timothy Lowe, deputy commander, said the environment for the military drill remained perfect.
“The conditions were perfect and afforded us the opportunity to demonstrate solidarity and professionalism as we move into the southern Baltic ready for the challenges of the training exercise that lay ahead,” Lowe said.
“This exercise will provide another great training opportunity for our ships, and will give alliance and partner nations the chance to operate at sea as part of a large multinational force. The ability of maritime forces to quickly integrate is the cornerstone of the Alliance’s capability,” added Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, commander, SNMG 2.
Survey says NATO allies are reluctant to use force against Russia
Meanwhile, the Pew research Center is out with a report that showed at least half of Germans, French and Italians are against using military force to defend a NATO ally country if attacked by Russia.
“Our data shows that Germans, French and Italians have little inclination to come to a NATO ally’s defense… and if the next military conflict in the region is hybrid warfare, and there is some debate who these Russian-speaking fighters are, such attitudes will only further inhibit NATO’s response,” said Bruce Stokes, the director for global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center.
Some NATO countries however believed that the U.S. would defend them against Russia, the research has found. The Americans, Canadians, British, Polish and Spanish largely support a military defense against Russia, whether it will come from NATO or the U.S.
On the other hand, 88 percent of Russians are confident that Mr Vladimir Putin will do the right thing in as far as international affairs are concerned.
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