US Leads War Games Involving Over 18,000 Troops Near Russian Border

'Sabre Strike', held on Putin's doorstep, was aimed at preparing participating nations for a 'hypothetical attack'

Over 18,000 troops from 19 nations have taken part in massive US-led war games in countries that border Russia.

The US army said the military drills were “a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity” of NATO forces at a time of heightened tensions with Moscow.

Israel, which is not a NATO member, was also involved in the exercises which were carried out in the days leading up to the world cup in Russia.

The Independent reports:  The drills, known as Sabre Strike, have been taking place in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. They centred around a hypothetical attack and aimed to test the response and co-operation of the 19 countries involved,.

“It is important for the United States of America, it is important for the continent of Europe, and really it is important to the world,” said Brigadier General Ross Coffman.

“What it really shows is that we stand side-by-side here on the continent and support one another,” added the general, who commands 1st Infantry Division troops involved in Atlantic Resolve, a Nato mission launched in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Donald Trump this week said the US would halt joint military exercises with South Korea, noting after his historic summit with Kim Jong-un that the war games were “very provocative” and expensive.

It is the eighth year the Sabre Strike exercises have taken place, but this year’s drills come amid increased concerns about Russian military manoeuvres and in the wake of the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

Brig Gen Coffman described the assassination attempt on the former MI6 informant as “horrific” but said the drills were not adjusted as a result.

“These training objectives were set long ago, they’re clear, they’re pertinent and they are necessary,” he added.

The drills, which began on 3 June and will conclude on 15 June, were “clearly focused on readiness”, the general said.

2 Comments

  1. the biggest war games in the history of ther world where held here in oz in the northern territiory, you know right next door the biggest deposits of uranium and iron ore and diamonds and coal and gas . back in the early 1990s They had jet fighters screaming over head and so on and ambulances landing down on the river side foreshores and ferrying wounded dummies to the central hospital and everything .But the re wasnt really any news exposure Its was a bit hushed up except that couple of planes crashed over wa , near the city and so people heard the bang so they had to say something.even earlier i was up in the north west and staying in a hotel where all fo sixty minutes were holed up doing interviews with the ariforce boys for their show as the heroes of Australian defense I was drinking with some of them some nights till about 4 am and they were great fun.One ran off with the hotel ,managers wife and a huge brawl ensued and all the staff were sacked and the cops called etcetera Course none of that was in the 60 minutes”story”

    • what the fuck is OZ dickhead….. you refer to Australia as OZ…you will get your head kicked in wanker.. you idiot.. lol..we don’t like wankers calling our country OZ…. its not the wizard of oz show wanker… lol

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