A display of power with the size not seen since the end of the Cold War.The main phase of NATO’s Trident juncture is on and it’s a warning not to mess with the Alliance.Very simple message, we are readily capable to meet any possible security threat to come into the NATO warters; that’s the only reason why we do it.The massive drill involves about 50,000 personnel, 65 ships, 250 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles.
NATO says the exercise is not an act of aggression and the Alliance his invited Russia to observe.I’m happy that we have observers because they’re gonna see that we’re very good at what we do and that will have a deterrent effect on anybody who might want to cross those borders but one nation in particular.
The exercise comes as Russia and the West are still bitterly divided over Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula was some NATO countries worried Moscow may try to encroach on their sovereign land.It also comes as US President Donald Trump has slammed NATO for benefiting Europe more than the United States.
NATO has withstood decades through good times and bad, an Alliance leader say they are committed to sticking together.For a long long time over 70 years but I say was never probably as active and as determined that it is right now at this point of time.The Trident juncture drills are expected to run through November 7th.
Carla Babb, VOA News, Pentagon.