Oslo/ London: NATO has taken an assertive stance against Russia, which amassed its troops in large numbers at the Ukrainian border and made aggressive moves. Two weeks ago, NATO member-nations had performed the ‘Defender Europe 21’ war exercise. Following that, now the ‘Formidable Shield’ war exercise has started in Norway and Scotland. Moreover, the ten-member nations’ navies and air force are participating in the war exercise, which will continue until 3 June, informed NATO.
Last month, Russia had deployed a large number of its troops in the areas adjoining the Ukraine border. Russia is claimed to have deployed 100,000 soldiers at the border. The Russian deployment included advanced missiles, air defence systems and a considerable number of tanks. Thus, it was an indication of Russia preparing for a massive conflict against Ukraine.