NATO holds exercise across North Central Europe to impress Russia

NATO holds exercise across North Central Europe to impress Russia

[Ed. – This is the second iteration of the “Steadfast Javelin” exercise.  The first in the series was held in May and June.]

NATO staged a major military exercise in Latvia on Saturday in a practical demonstration of NATO leaders’ commitment to defend its Baltic member states in the face of an assertive Russia. …

On Friday night around 500 paratroopers landed at Lielvarde airport, about 60 km (35 miles) from Latvia’s capital Riga, along with hundreds of vehicles and aircraft as the exercise Steadfast Javelin II simulates a deployment of NATO soldiers and equipment in another country in a crisis situation.

In total, 2,000 soldiers from nine nations are carrying out exercises across five countries – Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8.

“We want to assure our people that we are able to protect them,” said General Hans-Lothar Domrose, commander of the NATO military command in Brunssum, the Netherlands. …

To demonstrate NATO’s commitment to defending the alliance’s members, other exercises will follow Steadfast Javelin in Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Poland this autumn.

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