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Military exercises began in the north of Europe

Military exercises began in the north of Europe

The first step has already been taken: on Monday, near the Russian Arctic, the largest in the region began since the end of the Cold War aviation military exercises "Arctic Challenge". They are attended by 80 combat aircraft F-16, F / A-18s and JAS 39 Gripens of the air forces of Finland, Sweden, Norway, the United States and Great Britain. Until September 26, they will barrage over the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia, as well as the Arctic territory of Norway and the Barents Sea.

The second step is to start implementing the 5 agreements reached in September in Stockholm during the visit of US President Barack Obama, namely to launch the so-called "dialogue between the US and the Nordic countries in the field of security." Small countries that do not have access to the Arctic shelf, such as Finland, generally have little understanding of what they agreed on and what kind of strange "dialogue with the US in the field of security" is.

"This concept is immediately striking. The outside observer will not be able to immediately say what it means and that, for example, the United States expects this dialogue," said Finnish former defense minister Seppo Kääriäinen to Finnish journalists.

The chairman of the Suomi parliamentary committee on defense, Jussi Niiniste, even fears that Finland as a result of this “dialogue” may turn out to be a bit like a hammer and an anvil if there is some conflict between the world superpowers.

Excitement of the Finns and the Swedes is also the fact that the United States agreed with the Nordic countries on a "dialogue" directly, bypassing the opinion of Brussels. After all, according to all the rules, EU member states should pursue a common foreign policy and coordinate their actions with the main headquarters.

“It is also alarming that the agreement on dialogue with the US in the field of security was taken behind the scenes, without a parliamentary mandate,” Janus Putkonen, editor-in-chief of the Verkkomedia information portal, told the RG correspondent. He noted that many in the north of Europe believe that this "dialogue with the United States" is nothing more than drawing Finland and Sweden into NATO. However, Helsinki and Stockholm officially announced more than once that they were not going to join the North Atlantic alliance. Therefore, this assumption, according to Putkonen, is not quite true.

“It’s necessary to take into account that now the USA has a huge interest in the Arctic region. Here, they also conduct military exercises there. And now, apparently, the Americans need a diplomatic channel to defend their interests in the Arctic. For this they invented a“ dialogue in the field of security ” - concluded Putkonen.
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  1. domokl
    domokl 19 September 2013 09: 32
    We already have a knife in the underbelly of Russia in the form of traitors from a once fraternal country. The Americans realized that now we need to put a gun to our heads. Russia is too invulnerable from the north. And the northern geyropa will hand us over at once. Norway is sleeping and sees the American presence there.
  2. Sirs
    Sirs 19 September 2013 09: 41
    Well, what to say, the geyropa in the north froze decided that the amers would warm them in these exercises. Cuba and I need to conduct exercises in the Caribbean, and then with Venezuela.
    1. Sewer
      Sewer 19 September 2013 09: 48
      You do not regret your already gray-haired "partners" at all! laughing
  3. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets 19 September 2013 10: 07
    Cool photo. A dude in a baseball cap, as it were, says: don’t, don’t throw it away, it’s still useful. smile
    1. Akhtuba73
      Akhtuba73 19 September 2013 13: 52
      Seem "dude" ...
      "John! ... your grandmother, planes again! And my dress, which year I have been wearing your camouflage"
  4. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 19 September 2013 10: 21
    Do not see the Arctic as their ears! They put mother Russia in a circular and the rod is already insolent .. We will not die anything alive!
  5. Warrawar
    Warrawar 19 September 2013 10: 28
    Well, at least the Finns and Swedes are not all fools, they understand where they are being drawn ...
    1. Guun
      Guun 19 September 2013 20: 17
      Well, they often received on a soft spot, they still remember, especially the Finns.
  6. andruha70
    andruha70 19 September 2013 11: 10
    judging by the picture, they are "such" F-16s, F / A-18s and JAS 39 Gripens are taking part in the exercise. lol European design-modeling club wassat
  7. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 19 September 2013 12: 46
    Indeed, according to all the rules, the EU member states must pursue a single foreign policy and coordinate their actions with the main headquarters.

    It’s clear that it is necessary to rush, ours have already begun to restore something there. And what is behind the scenes so amers have long regarded the EU as their state.
  8. darksoul
    darksoul 19 September 2013 13: 46
    Let them conduct the exercises, ours already understood what was happening ... They are recovering the pace, it seems that rumors still circulating The BDK went on reconnaissance of Franz Josef on my land .... and while they rage out of anger and unleash wars everywhere, they restore historical justice by silent glanders ... our land our rules
  9. Sergey Medvedev
    Sergey Medvedev 19 September 2013 15: 31
    It is necessary to subtly hint to our northern neighbors that places with the presence of US interests are taken into the sight of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.
    1. Army1
      Army1 19 September 2013 16: 19
      Quote: Sergey Medvedev
      It is necessary to subtly hint to our northern neighbors that places with the presence of US interests are taken into the sight of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

      Yes, that all went wrong with their Strategic Rocket Forces, who will threaten them all the more attack where nuclear weapons are not provided. In the USA, the Strategic Missile Forces, in Estonia, also the Strategic Missile Forces, it is necessary to develop conventional weapons, modernize and hammer in their arsenals, which is now being done.
    2. alone
      alone 19 September 2013 20: 03
      Quote: Sergei Medvedev
      It is necessary to subtly hint to our northern neighbors that places with the presence of US interests are taken into the sight of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.

      Well, if you are going to answer from the Strategic Rocket Forces in Poland and the Baltic states, then I have nothing to say. Do you really think your country and army are so weak that you hardly remember the Strategic Rocket Forces?
  10. Ev58
    Ev58 19 September 2013 16: 37
    It is strange that Finland, Brussels and others, others, others ... are not accustomed to the manner of political "noble manners" of the United States.
  11. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 19 September 2013 21: 48
    "Peaceful" Geyropa is going on a campaign
    I forgot to put on my pants)))

    "Peaceful" Geyropa met the Bear
    And about .... smiling.
  12. eagle11
    eagle11 21 September 2013 06: 45
    F / A-18s, it’s necessary to come up with a new modification of the aircraft. Must be ashamed.