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NATO prepares for the ‘worst case scenario’ as ‘military aggression can no longer be excluded’ in mainland Europe

by LLB political Reporter
9th Jun 22 11:12 am

NATO has said that they must prepare for the “worst case scenario” over fears that the Russian war could spill over into mainland Europe and sends 3,000 troops close to the Russian border.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Thordis Gylfadottir, told the “northern group” of 12 nations in Reykjavik, that they must prepare for the “worst-case scenario” over the threat of Russia escalating the war into Europe.

Moscow has already threatened Finland and Sweden with a military strike if they join NATO and have moved nuclear missiles and troops to the Finnish border.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister added, “The threat of a direct military aggression against a NATO country can no longer be excluded.”

A NATO exercise named Ramstein Legacy will see around 3,000 troops from 17 Alliance countries take part in military drills with 50 fighter jets and will test surface based air and  missile defence systems.

General Jeffrey Harrigian, the commander of Allied Air Command said, “Given the current security situation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, large-scale training exercises like this are now more important to NATO than ever.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said whilst visiting Iceland that mainland Europe should be “deeply wary” of Vladimir Putin’s intentions.

Wallace added that Putin does not consider Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to be countries in their own right and there is a risk he could try to invade them

Wallace said, “He feels no compulsion about breaking people’s borders.

“Whether he would be silly or foolish enough to do that in an overt manner with a cruise missile remains to be seen but he would be dealing then with NATO.”

NATO said in a statement, “Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has been an increased use of missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and combat aircraft close to the borders of NATO nations.

“This increases the air and missile threat to NATO territory and populations, primarily due to miscalculation or loss of guidance or control.

“Exercises like Ramstein Legacy 22 provide Allied units with the opportunity to practice NATO Tactics, Techniques and Procedures in a realistic multi-domain scenario.

“Ramstein Legacy 22 is a long-planned activity to exercise NATO Command and Control of Allied IAMD capabilities.

“The activities are conducted in compliance with international laws and standards.

“It is a clear expression of NATO’s commitment to readiness which enhances and promotes regional security and stability.”

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