Beijing: After the Russian Strategic War Games last week, NATO conducted nuclear war exercises as well. German news agencies as also media published a report on the matter, but neither NATO nor any European countries confirmed the report. However, even the United States participated in the war games along with Germany and the Netherlands, the news agency said.
Fighter jets from the United States, Germany and the Netherlands had participated in the exercises named the ‘Steadfast Noon’. A few days before the war games commenced, the US B-52 bombers had arrived in Europe. Also, the German daily asserted that their country had used the Tornado fighter jets during the exercises. Germany’s Buchel Air Base and the Netherlands’ Volkel Air Base were used during the drills.
The US nuclear weapons are believed to be deployed at both European bases. A few months ago, a European daily had exposed information on the locations of the US nuclear weapons in Europe, which included both bases from Germany and the Netherlands. The German media reports say that the US and German aircrafts deployed B61 nuclear bombs and practised potential defence during the war games.
Two months ago, the United States and Russia, both walked out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. After that, NATO had offered Russia a nuclear deal. Nevertheless, Moscow had rejected the NATO proposal while highlighting issues such as the US nuclear preparedness and the deployment of its nuclear weapons in Europe. Given the developments, the Russian wargames followed by the NATO exercises, assume much significance.
Meanwhile, Russia had reportedly conducted a trial of Nuclear Triad during the Strategic Nuclear War Games. The tests were held in the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence. Furthermore, Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles, advanced submarines, Sineva intercontinental ballistic missiles and Tu-95 MS strategic bombers were involved in the exercises.