Russian Deployment Mimics Nuclear Assault in Europe

Russian Tu-22M3 bombers fly over Red Square in Moscow. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

This analysis by Stratfor on the Russian deployment initiated on 16 March suggests that it is an advanced warning to NATO countries.

the areas involved and the forces included seem to have been deliberately chosen to send a warning to NATO; the exercise itself seems to simulate a full-scale confrontation with NATO through the forward deployment of nuclear armed submarines, theater ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aircraft. Strategic weapon systems, including assets that are part of Russia’s nuclear capabilities, have also been deployed to locations near NATO’s borders.


Russia Targets NATO With Military Exercises is republished with permission of Stratfor.

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