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NATO Chief: Both Sides Expected To Behave Despite Drills

Posted at 9:41 AM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 10:06:48-04

COPENHAGEN (AP) – NATO’s secretary-general says he is “confident” that both the Western military alliance and Russia “will act in a respectable way” as the two sides hold drills in the same area in waters off Norway’s coast.

Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday as he attended the Trident Juncture war games in his native Norway that “this is not a Cold War situation,” stressing it is “purely to prevent, not to provoke.”

Russia has been briefed by NATO on the exercises and invited to monitor them, but the move has still angered the Russians.

Moscow has warned it could be forced to respond to increased NATO military activities and said its navy plans to test missiles in international waters, close to where the alliance is conducting its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

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