from The Malay Mail:
NATO is launching a military exercise involving 16,000 soldiers from 16 countries in the north of Norway, to practice stopping a surprise invasion, the Norwegian army announced today.
The army was quick to add that the multi-national exercise dubbed Cold Response had been planned for a long time and had nothing to do with the current tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine, where Russian forces have taken effective control of Crimea.
“We have been working on this scenario for two years,” Lieutenant Colonel Terje Bruoeygard, a spokesman for the exercise, told AFP.
According to the Norwegian officer, the exercise involving air, sea and land forces will simulate a surprise invasion of the country by a fictitious nation from the north followed by an intervention by allied forces.
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