Russia-NATO Tensions Spark Massive Military Exercises

By Ethan Cole on
 June 6, 2021

While tensions with Russia and the rest of the world continue to be tense, NATO has begun military exercises in the Atlantic. Thousands of troops, multiple warships, and aircraft are practicing maneuvers from Europe through the Black Sea area.

Steadfast Defender 21

The exercise, Steadfast Defender 21, goal is to practice the response of the 30 nation's military forces to an attack. No matter who is attacked, the forces band together to defend them.

Over the years, the U.S. and other allies have sent forces and supplies to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in a show of support in the case that Russia attacks. This early support assures the nations that NATO forces will be there when they need them the most.

Recent Russian behavior has raised some concerns for their neighbors and NATO. A month ago, they sent thousands of troops to the border of Ukraine. This move was the largest military moves Russia has made since 2014.

NATO Initiatives

NATO is insistent that the maneuvers are necessary, though they are not entirely because of Russia. Heads of NATO are concerned about the Black Sea Region in general.

Russia is accused of blocking the ships in the area. NATO Secretary- General Jens Stoltenberg says the war games send a message. "NATO is ready."

“NATO is there to defend all our allies, and this exercise sends a message about our ability to transport a large number of troops, equipment across the Atlantic, across Europe and also to project maritime power.” 

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

HMS Queen Elizabeth

The HMS Queen Elizabeth is on its first voyage carrying 18 F-35 jets, marking the first time that many of those planes have been on an aircraft carrier at once. The carrier will be deployed for up to 7 months. Its voyage is part of a mission to re-establish Britain's military prowess since it left the European Union.

It also is a display of unity. The carrier has U.S. jets and is surrounded by NATO warships for member countries. Stoltenberg and President Joe Biden on June 14.

“We’re ready to sit down with Russia because we think it’s important to talk, especially when times are difficult. The main challenge now is that Russia has not responded positively to our invitation, or our initiative, for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.” 

Secretary-General Stoltenberg

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14 comments on “Russia-NATO Tensions Spark Massive Military Exercises”

  1. With Biden being such a joke as leader of our nation, besides being a liar and mentally defunct individual, please tell me why would Russia want to talk to us and NATO… even the nation doesn’t trust Biden to anything of consequence?

  2. Meg,thank you for your responce! Please explain what moderation really means ! I am an 82 year old 50 year atty. A retired AFCaptain, a 60 year Mason . I ran as a democrat for congress and Dekalb County commission!

  3. This will be an interesting exercise in more ways than one. If any interference comes from the Biden administration regarding moving forward with NATO's readiness . . . it can reflect on Biden's boldness (or lack, thereof) and willingness (confidence) to confront Putin. The next politico who blinks, loses ! Yes, interesting, indeed !

    1. Yes idiots and bigots like you are the greatest threat to humanity!

      Israel is not and has never been the problem.
      Ignorant people who do not even know how to spell "Israel," instead of "isreal" are the real problem.

      Anti-Semites like you are the real reason humanity needs to worry about.

      I suggest you crawl back under the slimey rock you came from.

    1. Absolutely! The liberal war mongers make mega $$$$ from initiating WAR wherever & whenever possible. War amongst anyone including ourselves (Americans) solidifies the leftists Marxist, communist agenda to CONQUER & CONTROL those in combat amongst one another. The leftist lying liberal criminals do NOT turn against their own...unless they're caught being "criminal" which is their modus operandi and then they SING LIKE SONGBIRDS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER!

      1. Our Lady of Fatima foretold a war between Russia and the United States right before the Chastisement

  4. if we had continued to follow the foreign policy agenda that Ronald Reagan had established for us resulting in the dissolution of the soviet union, We would be dominating the world with a star wars anti-intercontinental ballistic missile defense program. Anyone else firing a ballistic missile would have their nuclear warheads fall upon their own country. North Korea would not fire missiles over Japan any more. We would be able to bomb China and Russia until they dissolved their totalitarian governments.

  5. So sad that Joe Biden destroyed all of Trumps policies. He has put the US in a terrible precarious situation. When you have a sick man running the show that’s what you get.

  6. Now that it obvious that we have an idiot for PRESIDENT, the rest of the world is trying to figure how to compromise us.
    With TRUMP, everybody was a lot more respectful.
    This Biden administration is going to be a dangerous 4 years.

  7. We are in Cold War 2: 1990+ vs Cold War 1: 1945-1990.
    Only China is the one to eye vs Russia & then add Iran, N Korea, to mix

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