Russia and NATO Continue Military Exercises
Jan. 31, 2022 (EIRNS)—Large amounts of military hardware continues to be in motion on both sides of the NATO-Russia divide. On the Russian side, the press office of the Northern Sea Fleet reported this morning that a group of the fleet’s combat ships and support vessels practiced anti-submarine warfare missions during drills in the Norwegian Sea. The Defense Ministry reported this morning that mobile command posts are now in the process of deploying into Belarus for the joint exercises that kick off on Feb. 2. In addition, air defense troops are providing defense against a hypothetical enemy’s air attack, the ministry said. Further to the south, the Black Sea Fleet announced that its ships had returned to their bases in Crimea and Novorossiysk after large-scale drills in the Black Sea.
On the NATO side, Exercise Dynamic Move, a mine countermeasures exercise, is underway out of the Belgian port of Ostend.
The Barents Observer reports that last week while the Finnish and Swedish foreign ministers were in Brussels being entertained by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, a single U.S. Air Force KC-135 was deployed in Finland providing air refueling training to Finnish air force F-18 jet fighters. The exercise took place from Jan. 24-27 in the skies between Oulu, Rovaniemi, Kajaani and Kuusamo in the northern region of Finland. The tanker was trackable on flight tracking websites.
The Observer also notes that Finland’s armed forces will participate in the Norwegian-led NATO exercise Cold Response taking place in northern Norway in March and early April. The exercise will be the largest NATO has held inside the Arctic Circle since the 1980s.