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Norway holds massive drills near Russia border

Press TV – March 9, 2015

Norway has started massive military exercises, involving 5,000 servicemen, in the northern parts of the country near the border with Russia, the largest such drills in nearly 50 years.

The country’s military launched drills dubbed “Joint Viking” on Monday in the northern regions of Lakselv and Alta in the Finnmark County, which border Russia’s Murmansk region.

The exercises will include the Norwegian army, navy, air force and civil defense troops (Heimevernet).

Aleksander Jankov, a spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, said 400 military vehicles and all types of weapons will be used in the drills, which are the largest to take place in the region since 1967.

According to Norwegian media, the massive exercise is to show that Norway has the ability to defend Finnmark.

Prior to the kickoff army spokesman Vegar Gystad said, “If we’re to have a credible defense that can defend the entire country, we also have to train in the entire country.”

The war games come amid tensions between the West and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Norway, a member of the Western military alliance NATO, suspended all military cooperation with Russia after the Black Sea Peninsula Crimea voted to break away from Ukraine and rejoin the Russian Federation in March, 2014.

Meanwhile, NATO plans to expand its military presence in Eastern Europe amid the crisis in Ukraine and has held numerous war games over the past year. In 2014, NATO forces held some 200 military exercises, with the alliance’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg having promised that such drills would continue.

In addition, the defense ministers of NATO’s 28 member states agreed on February 5 to establish six new command and control posts in the Eastern European nations of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.

Moscow has repeatedly condemned NATO’s exercises and military buildup toward its borders.

March 9, 2015 - Posted by | Militarism | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I doubt every Norwegian loves the global elite as represented by N.A.T.O., still one must play along to get along. I am not sure they have fallen in love with their Gypsies yet and they are not into burned vehicles. Whats a Viking without his boat?

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    Comment by Rubbell Olausen | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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    Comment by joekano76 | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  3. There goes Europe again, like a recovering addict, taking the first taste of his/her drug of choice. In the eyes of the Lord of mankind, a thousand years is like one day. Instead of Europe eschew war and work towards peace, it is choosing the easy road to damnation. History is the compass that guides the affairs of mankind. A good predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

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    Comment by ribeekah | March 9, 2015 | Reply

  4. throw ’em some sardines.

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    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | March 10, 2015 | Reply


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