NATO to launch military exercises in Russia border

NATO and its partners will launch exercises in Norway on Monday aimed at coming to the rescue of one of its own—and just a few hundred kilometers from the border with Russia, AFP reported.

Some 30,000 troops, 200 aircraft, and 50 vessels from 27 nations will take part in the Cold Response 2022 exercise, the largest exercise involving NATO troops this year.

Kicking off on March 14, the maneuvers will enable Western nations to hone their combat skills in Norway’s cold climate, including in the Arctic, on the ground, at sea, and in the skies.

The exercise will be held just a few hundred kilometers from the Russian border, and while it was planned long before Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, it now has added significance because of the ongoing war there.