NATO plans to hold nuclear exercises next week despite the soaring tensions with Russia that have led to President Biden warning of the risk of nuclear “armageddon.”
The exact location of the exercises, known as Steadfast Noon, is not clear, but a NATO official told The Associated Press that the main part of the drills will be held more than 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Russia.
The exercises are held annually and typically involve nuclear-capable warplanes but do not include live-fire exercises. Fourteen out of 30 NATO members are expected to take part in this year’s iteration of Steadfast Noon.
“It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now canceled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine. That would be absolutely the wrong signal to send,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.
Stoltenberg claimed that the best way to avoid escalation with Russia is to continue its “firm” and “predictable” behavior so as not to send the wrong signal. “If we now created the grounds for any misunderstandings, miscalculations in Moscow about our willingness to protect and defend all allies, we would increase the risk of escalation,” he said.
While only three NATO members have their own nuclear arsenals — the US, Britain, and France — other countries store US warheads under NATO’s nuclear sharing program. Under this arrangement, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey host US nuclear weapons.
Poland wants to host nuclear weapons and said last week that it raised the idea with Washington. The US and NATO have previously said they wouldn’t put nuclear weapons in countries east of Germany that joined the alliance after the Cold War, but Polish President Andrzej Duda said the issue is being discussed with the US.
26 thoughts on “NATO to Hold Nuclear Exercise Despite Tensions With Russia”
Why not nukes in Poland? What could possibly go wrong? Our government has no grip on reality so, why not?
The west must have access to the eye of Osiris if they are 100% sure Russia will not retaliate, otherwise its outright arrogance and overconfidence that Russia won’t use any nukes.
Smoke ‘um, if you got ‘um! Bombs start dropping, I’m gonna roll a big fat doobie and ease myself out of the fallout…
Why not Nukes in Kaliningrad right between Poland and Lithuania? Nothing can go wrong with that.
Speaking for myself, I only have a limited sense of reality… But the situation terrifies me…
“NATO to Hold Nuclear Exercise Despite Tensions With Russia”
A provocation like this just invites a mistake!
MSM reporter: Wait… Cancelling nuclear exercises increases risk for provocation, escalation, miscalculation, or misunderstanding? … That’s hard to swallow even for our brain-washed audience.
NATO: “…absolutely the wrong signal to send.”
MSM reporter: Change of subjects. Have you had that hole on the side of your head checked out? It looks like brain matter is leaking out of it. (s)
It doesn’t get crazier than that. What possibly could calm the waters better than doing some nuke exercises? But, hey, it’s being done 625 miles from Russia so where’s the harm?
Sound logic, sound logic….
No chance of brain matter leaking out. There is nothing to leak out.
Somebody is desperate – like NATO!
“nuclear sharing program” . ie being a target country if the nukes drop.
Idiot populations actually believe that this somehow protects them???
“Steadfast Noon”? Seriously?…………………………………………………………………..
The people who think this stuff up grew up in their Mom’s basement.
They are going to do it! FUCK! Contact old friends. Make amends with enemies. Settle debts. Prepare.
Noble in thought, truly vlp1730, settling my debts ain’t in the cards… 😉
I would run up more debts. After all you will not be around to pay them.
I appreciate your sense of logic…. 🙂
NATO, don’t you think you are treading a little bit close, in terms of your logistics?
“We don’t like them, anyhow, let’s drop the big one and see what happens…”
NATO has sent so many wrong signals over the past 30 years it won’t matter with one more. The Kremlin has learned to treat them with all the seriousness they deserve, I’m sure 😉
A “nuclear sharing program”?… Even in the midst of gloom and doom, a little bit of good will… Stoltenberg, seems a bit fastidious…
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