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Next week, NATO will conduct an exercise of its nuclear forces. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, explaining that the activity had been planned well before the war in Ukraine broke out. Stoltenberg then specified that canceling it now would send the wrong message to Moscow (WAR IN UKRAINE: THE SPECIAL – LIVE UPDATES).
Signs of weakness from Moscow, united response by the Alliance
The NATO secretary general also said that “every attack on an ally’s critical infrastructure will be balanced by a united response from the whole Alliance” and that the organization will be with Ukraine for as long as necessary. For Stoltenberg, the recent missile attacks against Ukraine are a sign of weakness on the part of Russia and Kiev now has the initiative while the Russian troops are unable to stop the counter-offensive.
The “Steadfast Noon” tutorial
“I will chair an ordinary meeting of the nuclear planning group on Thursday. The fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear deterrence has always been to preserve peace, prevent coercion and deter aggression. Next week, NATO will hold its scheduled deterrence exercise. for a long time, ‘Steadfast Noon’ “, then confirmed Stoltenberg. It is, he further specified, a routine training, which takes place every year with the aim of “keeping our deterrent safe, secure and effective”. President Putin’s veiled nuclear threats, he concluded, “are dangerous and irresponsible: Russia knows that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. We are closely monitoring Russia’s nuclear forces and have not noticed any change in the situation. Russia’s position. But let’s remain vigilant. ”