NATO has significantly increased its military presence and activity along the Russian border, including in the Baltic states and eastern Europe, since Crimea’s reunification with Russia and the outbreak of conflict in eastern Ukraine in 2014

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Portuguese troops during an exercise as part of the NATO’s Trident Juncture 2015 ^^

Amid ceaseless accusations of Russian aggression, NATO will deploy 45,000 troops to Northern Europe in what will be the alliance’s largest “defensive” exercise since the end of the Cold War.

Fifty aircraft, 70 vessels, and around 10,000 land vehicles will take part in NATO’s Trident Juncture 18 drills, which are set to begin on October 25, with live field exercises continuing until November 7. Thirty-one allied countries and partners are slated to participate.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the massive military maneuvers as “defensive and transparent,” adding that all members of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), including Russia, had been invited to send observers.

The drills will simulate the defense of a member state being attacked by a “fictional” aggressor, but the drills’ set locations in Norway, Finland, and Sweden leave little…

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