North Atlantic Treaty Organisation war exercises in Norway

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As NATO brings 50,000 troops to Norway to hold their largest exercises since the Cold War, Russia is responding by holding their own drills from November 1-3 in the same worldwide waters.

29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries plus Sweden and Finland are participating in Exercise Trident Juncture, that's mostly based on defending a country from a "fictitious aggressor" - but with the geography of Norway, it's not hard to see what fiction they're preparing for.

Speaking with reporters in Trondheim, Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary general, said Russian Federation had informed the military alliance last week of its plans to test missiles in worldwide waters near the More og Romsdal region.

The U.S. Navy admiral commanding the war games said Russia has been monitoring the maneuvers with "curiosity", judging from recent regional movements of Russian troops in the air and at sea.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives at the Danish support ship HDMS Esbern Snare during his visit to the NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Trondheim Norway Monday Oct. 29. 2018

"We were notified last week about the planned Russian missile test outside the coast here", he said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Russia has significant forces, naval forces in this area, they are regularly exercising their naval capabilities, maritime capabilities off the coast of the Norway".

The alliance, however, will "monitor [the drills] closely" and expects Russians to "behave in a professional way", Stoltenberg added. "This clearly shows its attitude and intentions", Tomczak said on Twitter.

The Russian Foreign Ministry told the Sweden and Finland last week that NATO's drill "fits within the policy of the United States toward making Europe less secure".

"It affects negatively security of all the neighboring countries and leads only to worsening of the military-political situation".

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