NATO’s nuclear war games have started over the UK, North Sea and the majority of exercise “Steadfast Noon” is operating just 625 miles from Russia’s borders.
US B-52 long range bombers along with UK nuclear bombers are practicing the use of nuclear weapons which comes after Vladimir Putin has warned there could be a “global catastrophe” if there is a clash between NATO and Russian troops.
The nuclear and surveillance exercises will run until 30 October which will send a very strong signal to Russia.
NATO said, “The exercise, which runs until 30 October, is a routine, recurring training activity and it is not linked to any current world events.”
“This exercise helps ensure that the alliance’s nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective,” said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.
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Last week NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg rejected any calls to scrap the nuclear drills amid increased tensions in Europe.
He said, “It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now cancelled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine.
“We need to understand that NATO’s firm, predictable behaviour, our military strength, is the best way to prevent escalation.”
In early 2022 Vladimir Putin moved nuclear missiles closer to Ukraine’s border and the tyrant has warned he is “not bluffing” and Moscow has “various weapons of destruction.”
Dr Simon Anglim, a military historian at King College London, said, “I strongly suspect the UK is already thinking about potential responses, it’s been thinking about this since the war began.”
Dr Anglim said in an interview with the Independent, that he believes defence officials in the UK are assessing how serious Putin’s threats are.
Putin issued yet another threat on Friday and warned the door is open for a “massive attack” and said he has “no regrets over the war” as he gave a speech in Kazakhstan.
Speaking in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday afternoon Putin said at the moment there is “no need for massive strikes on Ukraine now,” but “we will see.”
The Russian leader warned of a “global catastrophe” should there be any clashes with NATO making yet another reference to a nuclear war.
Putin added, “I hope that those who are saying this are smart enough not to take such steps.”
The Kremlin has also deployed 11 strategic “Blackjack” nuclear bombers a few miles from the Finnish and Norwegian borders as tensions remain on a knife edge as Vladimir Putin plans a nuclear attack in Europe.
Satellite images shows that Putin has gradually been increasing his strategic bombers at the Olenya airbase and there are seven Tu-160 bombers along with four Tu-95 jets on the Kola Peninsula.
There has been an “unusual deployment” of seven nuclear bombers at the airbase and there has been raised concerns over the build up above the Arctic Circle.