Moscow: Russia has organised combat training in the Baltic region to counter the aggressive moves of the US and NATO member nations near its borders. The drills will include participation from the Sukhoi fighters as well as the Iskander missiles. During the combat exercises, Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that the Russian defense forces were soon to induct a system that can intercept hypersonic missiles.
In the last few days, the US and NATO member states have stepped up activities in areas close to the Russian borders. The US and its NATO allies have commenced two joint military exercises simultaneously, which involves participation from over 10,000 troops. On June 5, US and Poland began the ‘Defender-Europe 20’ military exercise in Poland and saw the participation of more than 6,000 soldiers from both nations. Also, the drills involved over 230 combat vehicles and systems.
Right after, the US and 17 NATO member states began with the BALTOPS-20, large-scale maritime naval exercises, on June 7. Approximately 28 warships, over 25 fighter jets and more than 3,000 personnel have participated in the naval exercises. Related sources have informed that the BALTOPS-20 and Defender-Europe 20 exercises will continue till the end of this week. The Coronavirus crisis continues to intensify around the world. Large-scale military activities of the US and European nations, all of which were significantly hit by the Coronavirus, has undoubtedly drawn much attention.
Now, Russia has initiated combat exercise in the Baltics in response to the growing military activities of the US and NATO. The drills began at the Kaliningrad military base near Poland and the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the exercises involve the participation of Sukhoi-30, Sukhoi-27, Sukhoi-24 and Iskander missiles.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a new warning during the combat exercises that were arranged in retaliation to the US and NATO. ‘The Russian defence forces may soon induct a system, capable of intercepting hypersonic missiles from other nations,’ warned Putin. Russia deployed hypersonic missiles in its armed forces last year. Moreover, the US and China have also claimed to have developed hypersonic weapons.
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