Russia Suspends War Games to Slow Coronavirus Spread

Kremlin says move is preventative measure

After NATO scaled back a war games exercise in Europe because of the coronavirus, Russia has announced that they are canceling their own war game on the NATO border. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says that the move is preventive in nature.

Russia has not had any confirmed cases of coronavirus in their military so far, but officials say they want to prevent the risk of spreading it, and that canceling the exercise is also good will toward NATO.

As coronavirus picks up in many countries, those nations are forced to reexamine whether they need to scale back military operations both to try to save money and to protect their troops from exposure. Maintaining the status quo is just risky and expensive.

Russia’s suggestion that cutting war games could be a good will boost is also a bonus to deescalating military engagement. Nations may do it by necessity, but the benefits may encourage them to sustain such efforts.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.