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Military drills signal growing tensions between Russia, Nato

Both sides holding exercises at same time in same region

A manoeuvre during Nato's ongoing Trident Juncture exercise. This is one of Nato's biggest single manoeuvres since the end of the Cold War, engaging 50,000 soldiers from 31 nations, as well as 250 fighter jets, 65 ships and a mammoth presence of arou
A manoeuvre during Nato's ongoing Trident Juncture exercise. This is one of Nato's biggest single manoeuvres since the end of the Cold War, engaging 50,000 soldiers from 31 nations, as well as 250 fighter jets, 65 ships and a mammoth presence of around 10,000 vehicles. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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Jonathan Eyal The US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) military alliance has vowed to continue with its biggest manoeuvres in decades off the coast of Norway despite the fact that Russia announced that, as of yesterday, it will hold missile firing tests from its ships in precisely the same region of northern Europe.

"We will conduct our exercise as planned, and I don't expect that that will cause any serious problems," Nato's secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told reporters observing the troop movements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2018, with the headline Military drills signal growing tensions between Russia, Nato . Subscribe