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‘Steadfast Noon’: NATO plans nuclear exercise despite Russia's warnings. All you need to know

The nuclear weapons nominally linked to NATO remain under the firm control of three member countries — the US, UK and France

With the Russian army retreating under the blows of Ukrainian forces armed with Western weapons, Putin raised the stakes by annexing four Ukrainian regions and declaring a partial mobilisation of up to 300,000 reservists to buttress the crumbling front line. (AP)Premium
With the Russian army retreating under the blows of Ukrainian forces armed with Western weapons, Putin raised the stakes by annexing four Ukrainian regions and declaring a partial mobilisation of up to 300,000 reservists to buttress the crumbling front line. (AP)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members are liekly to push and conduct a long-planned nuclear exercise next week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. This move comes despite rising tensions over the war in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin's insistence that he is not bluffing about using all available means to defend Russian territory.

The official statement said that the exercise has been dubbed 'Steadfast Noon'. This will be held annually and will continue for about a week. 

About ‘Steadfast Noon’

It involves fighter jets capable of carrying nuclear warheads but does not involve any live bombs. Conventional jets, and surveillance and refuelling aircraft also routinely take part.

Fourteen of the 30 NATO member countries will be involved in the exercise, which was planned before Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The main part of the maneuvers would be held more than 1,000 kilometers from Russia, a NATO official said.

Impact on Russia-Ukraine war

“It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now cancelled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine. That would be absolutely the wrong signal to send," Stoltenberg told reporters on the eve of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.

“NATO's firm, predictable behaviour, our military strength, is the best way to prevent escalation," he said. “If we now created the grounds for any misunderstandings, miscalculations in Moscow about our willingness to protect and defend all allies, we would increase the risk of escalation."

With the Russian army retreating under the blows of Ukrainian forces armed with Western weapons, Putin raised the stakes by annexing four Ukrainian regions and declaring a partial mobilisation of up to 300,000 reservists to buttress the crumbling front line.

As his war plans have gone awry, Putin has repeatedly signalled that he could resort to nuclear weapons to protect the Russian gains.

The threat is also aimed at deterring NATO nations from sending more sophisticated weapons to Ukraine.

Nuclear weapons with NATO

It is to be noted that NATO as an organisation does not possess any weapons. The nuclear weapons nominally linked to NATO remain under the firm control of three member countries — the US, UK and France. The alliance's secretive Nuclear Planning Group will meet on Thursday among defense ministers.

Stoltenberg described Putin's spiraling nuclear rhetoric as “dangerous and reckless," and underlined that the allies “have also conveyed clearly to Russia that it will have severe consequences if they use nuclear weapons in any way."

"We are closely monitoring Russia's nuclear forces," Stoltenberg said. “We have not seen any changes in Russia's posture, but we remain vigilant."

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Published: 11 Oct 2022, 09:46 PM IST
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