As Vladimir Putin continues to flout the decorum of the international order of things, there are renewed calls for NATO to get involved in the conflict within Ukraine.
But the west and NATO have been reluctant to directly assist the Ukrainian people in defending their nation from Russian invaders. This is due to Putin’s continued threats, some nuclear, that anyone coming to Ukraine’s aid would face dire consequences.
This week, however, a major military maneuver seems to have put NATO at Russia’s doorstep.
NATO has amassed 30,000 troops and 50 warships near Russia’s border for military exercises, risking Mad Vlad’s rage.
The drill, named Cold Response, has kicked off today in Norway amid escalating tensions between Russia and the West over the invasion of Ukraine.
The exercise includes 30,000 troops from more than 25 countries from Europe and North America, 200 aircraft, and 50 vessels.
The largest Nato exercise which is held just a few miles from the Russian border was planned long before Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine but its significance has now been heightened.
NATO was sure to distance themselves from the conflict, however.
“This exercise is extremely important for the security of Norway and its allies. We will practice an allied reinforcement of Norway”, Norwegian Defence Minister Odd Roger Enoksen.
“It is not being held because of the Russian authorities’ attack on Ukraine, but given the backdrop there is a heightened significance.”
The move could certainly weigh heavily on the mind of Vladimir Putin, who has recently asked China for military and financial assistance on account of Russia’s continued failures in Ukraine.