NATO troops are preparing for their biggest military drill ever in light of Russian aggression. This also comes at a time when Russia and Ukraine have not reached any deal on the peace process. Will the world see another world war soon?
Things are not looking up for tensions between Russia and the West. The same goes for Moscow and Ukraine. NATO troops have started their largest ever urban warfare military drills in Lithuania despite the risk of war with Russia. The drills dubbed as “Iron Sword 2016” military drills are taking place near the Russian border. It includes around 4,000 troops from countries like Britain, the US, Germany, Canada, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Luxembourg and three Baltic states.
Largest Military Face-Off About To Happen
The exercises will reportedly last until December 2. They will be in preparation of NATO’s plans to station 4,000 alliance troops in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.
According to Express, the move is in part of what NATO said it will do during the Warsaw summit in July. However, NATO will have to deal with Russia’s warnings about expanding its troops. Moscow warned previously that it will respond accordingly if threatened. US came to NATO’s rescue saying that the alliance is not a threat.
“Nato is a defensive alliance, it’s always been a defensive alliance. It will remain a defensive alliance,” said State Department spokesman for the treaty, John Kirby.
No Peace Yet
Apart from NATO, Russia will also need to deal with Ukraine’s stalled peace process. According to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, they could not achieve lasting peace with the recent meeting. Russia and Ukraine both have hardened positions on the matter.
“It was very tedious again today,” Reuters quoted Steinmeier.
“Pure lip service will not be enough to solve this conflict.”
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