Saturday, December 10

NATO announces maneuvers with nuclear weapons after the Russian bombing of kyiv

NATO will carry out nuclear exercises next week. Annual nuclear deterrence maneuvers that come amid the escalation of the war in Ukraine, with Russian bombing of civilians, and have been confirmed this Tuesday by the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, in an appearance in Brussels prior to the meeting of Defense Ministers of the Alliance on October 12 and 13.

In his appearance, Stoltenberg stated that the nuclear maneuvers, baptized as SteadfastNoon, they suppose a “routine training”, planned, and that canceling it would be worse, because “NATO is predictable, in its deterrence capacity and in the defense of all its allies. On Thursday I will chair a regular meeting of the Nuclear Planning Group. The fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear deterrence has always been to preserve peace, prevent coercion and deter aggression. Next week, NATO will carry out its long-planned deterrence exercise, Steadfast Noon. It is a training that happens every year [en 2019 y 2021 también se realizaron en octubre] to maintain our deterrent capability safely and effectively.”

“President Vladimir Putin’s veiled nuclear threats are dangerous and irresponsible. Russia knows that a nuclear war can never be won and can never be fought,” Stoltenberg said: “We are closely monitoring the Russian nuclear forces. We have not seen any change in the Russian position so far. But we remain vigilant.”

the maneuvers SteadfastNoon, Week-long, it will involve 14 NATO members and nuclear-capable aircraft, as well as refueling and espionage planes. The exercise is intended to ensure that relevant personnel and equipment are prepared.

In recent weeks, Putin has feigned threats to use nuclear weapons as part of the war in Ukraine, countered by Western countries that such a move would have “catastrophic consequences.”

US President Joe Biden warned last week of “Armageddon” if Putin were to use nuclear weapons.

“Now is the right time to be firm and make it clear that NATO is here to protect and defend all allies,” Stoltenberg responded to the question of whether it was a good time for nuclear maneuvers: “It is a long-term planned exercise , actually planned before the invasion of Ukraine. It is a routine exercise to ensure that our nuclear deterrent remains safe and effective. We are transparent, and I think it would send a very wrong signal if we were to suddenly cancel a long-planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine. That would be the wrong signal. NATO’s firm and predictable behavior needs to be understood. Our military force is the best way to prevent an escalation. We are here to preserve peace, avoid escalation and prevent any attack on allied countries. So if we create the ground for any misunderstanding or miscalculation in Moscow about our willingness to protect and defend all our allies, we would increase the risk of escalation. And that’s the last thing we’re going to do.”

NATO’s secretary general has also promised “a united and determined response” in the event of an “attack on critical infrastructure” by its member states, warning that “cyber and hybrid attacks may trigger Article 5 [la defensa automática de los aliados]”. But he has refused to reveal the “threshold” by which Article 5 would be triggered by a cyber or hybrid attack.

“We have a moral, political and security interest in ensuring that Ukraine wins the war against President Putin,” Stoltenberg said.