NATO member states sent around 40 warships to Sweden’s cash Stockholm on Saturday for the bloc’s BALTOPS 22 military exercises, which are expected to start off in the Baltic Sea on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist claimed that his place and Finland will also sign up for the drills.
Expressing that what is taking place in the location can be described as a “new chilly war” or a “new iron curtain,” he observed that this is a conflict involving authoritarian states and democratic Europe.
The NATO nations are sending a sign about the safety of the location through the ships collected in Stockholm currently, Hultqvist added.
“Fourteen NATO allies, two NATO companion nations, more than 45 ships, a lot more than 75 plane, and approximately 7,000 staff will participate in the 51st iteration of the leading maritime-targeted exercise from June 5-17,” NATO reported in an previously statement.
Amongst the members will be Turkey, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.
Meanwhile, as NATO associate nations, Finland and Sweden will also participate in the drill. Both the nations lately utilized to be part of the armed forces alliance.
This year, Sweden will host the BALTOPS 22 exercise, which was initiated for the to start with time in 1972.
BALTOPS is an yearly physical exercise that visibly demonstrates NATO’s dedication to preserving regional peace and security by performing exercises a workforce of worldwide forces that can speedily reply in a time of crisis, according to the alliance.