October 15, 2021
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Distrust, confrontation grow between Russia and NATO

Date: 20/09/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

From September 9 to 15, Russia and Belarus conducted joint strategic exercises “West-2021”.

The drill involved about 200 000 troops, 80 war planes and helicopters, 760 pieces of combat technical equipment and 15 warships.

It was staged in different firing ranges of the two countries.

According to a foreign news report, the two countries have so far conducted numerous joint exercises, but it was the first time to be staged on a large scale in 40 years.

On September 12-13, the presidents of the two countries respectively inspected the joint exercises in their countries to bring the significance of the drill into bolder relief.

The Russian defence ministry said in an opening ceremony of the exercises that the joint strategic drill assumed a defensive character and aimed to improve the joint operational capacity of military commanding organs of allied and friendly countries.

NATO, however, demanded Russia open its full plan to the public, saying the drill could cause an unexpected hazard.

NATO secretary general urged Russia to open to the public the detailed items of the drill, while the spokesman for NATO said in threatening words that they would pay sharp attention to it.

In response to them, the chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma said that there was no need to review the joint drill in the eyes of NATO now when bilateral relations fell to a low level due to its fault.

Under the circumstance where missile defence systems of NATO member nations are deployed in the vicinity of Russia and its forces are being reinforced there on a regular basis, Russia had no obligation to review the drill in front of anyone, he stressed.

Meanwhile, Poland launched a military drill to cope with that of Russia and Belarus on the following day.

A member nation of NATO, Poland decided to declare a state of emergency, saying acts of provocation might be committed in the course of the joint drill staged near its boundaries.

Analysts commented that the atmosphere surrounding the joint drill intuitively shows antagonistic relationship between Russia and NATO.

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