Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Discussion in 'Gog / Magog' started by Almost Heaven, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Almost Heaven

    Almost Heaven Well-Known Member

    The whirring of a low-flying Soviet Union-era war plane signaled Russia's uninvited arrival to NATO's biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

    Marines on board USS Mount Whitney off the Norwegian coast, had gathered for a group photo on deck when the Tupolev TU-142 soared overhead.

    "It's a long-range maritime patrol reconnaissance plane," said one fascinated marine after casting an expert eye over the visitor.

    Although he had seen plenty of images of the aircraft, this was the first time he had seen it live, so to speak.

    Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War.

    They warned that the two-week long exercise, which it sees as an anti-Russian show of force, would not go unanswered.

    Last week, Moscow announced plans to test missiles in the region.

    According to Avinor, the public operator of most civil airports in Norway, Russia sent a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) about the missile tests November 1-3 in the Norwegian Sea.

    Any missile testing "will not change the plan of our exercise," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.
  2. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

    I can hear the war drums coming from afar.
    Círeth, CynthiaS, athenasius and 6 others like this.
  3. caligal

    caligal Well-Known Member

  4. John Romans

    John Romans Well-Known Member

    Hopefully we hear the trumpet blast before the world war three drums.
  5. chaser

    chaser Well-Known Member

    Typical Russian military intelligence/spying, they hate NATO and detest military games in their hemisphere.
  6. athenasius

    athenasius Well-Known Member

    I agree. I'd have been more surprised if they didn't show up.
  7. chaser

    chaser Well-Known Member

    True That!
  8. Círeth

    Círeth Well-Known Member

    I think Russia will go after Israel before it goes after NATO. Just sayin'.

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