Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Russia To Respond To NATO' Trident Juncture 18 Exercise With Missiles Test

The Russian navy plans to test missiles in international waters off the Norwegian coast.
The Russian navy plans to test missiles in international waters off the Norwegian coast this week. The tests were to take place from Thursday to Saturday, west of the coastal cities of Kristiansund, Molde and Alesund. The Russian Defence Force had informed Norway and NATO about the test last Friday. Russia sent a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to inform them officially about the upcoming missile tests possible from 01 November 03 November 2018 within the Norwegian Sea's proximity.
 The spokesman for Avinor, the public operator of most Norwegian civil airports and air navigation services, said Russia had informed them about the tests and potential hazards along the flight routes. "We can confirm that we received information from Russian aviation authorities about activity in international airspace," Avinor spokesman Erik Lodding told dpa. He said it was "a routine message" and that Avinor did not expect any noticeable effects on civil aviation in Norwegian airspace.

The Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday continues carrying out its biggest exercise known as Trident Juncture 18 since the Cold War in the Scandinavian country which is just next to Russia. Trident Juncture began last week and is to continue as scheduled. It involves around 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles and more than 300 aircraft and ships.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also confirmed about the planned tests. "Russia has a sizeable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told Norwegian news. "There is nothing dramatic about this. We have noted it and will follow the Russian manoeuvres," Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

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