NATO's new large-scale exercises kicks off

World 11:44 04.03.2024

NATO will kick off Monday an exercise to defend its newly expanded Nordic territory when more than 20,000 soldiers from 13 nations take part in drills lasting for nearly two weeks in the northern regions of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, Ednews reports citing Associated Press.

With over 4,000 Finnish soldiers participating, the Norway-led Nordic Response 2024 represents the NATO newcomer’s largest-ever participation in a foreign exercise, according to Finland’s military.

Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia, joined NATO in April 2023 in a historic move following decades of military non-alignment. With its bid now ratified by all NATO members, neighboring Sweden is currently finalizing formalities to enter the military alliance as its 32nd member — most likely in March.

The participating nations in the exercise that runs through March 15 are Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

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