‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages huge drills in face of ‘Russian attack threat’

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‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages huge drills in face of ‘Russian attack threat’ (RT, MArch 30, 2015):

More than 30 UK Royal Air Force planes took to the skies for Rising Panther, Britain’s largest aerial exercises in more than a decade. Military sources confirmed the drills were in response to increased Russian presence around UK shores.

“Russia has certainly painted the background to these exercises, though of course they are needed in any event,” a high-ranking source within the NATO member’s air force told The Sunday Express. The newspaper cited another source as saying that the war games would “show Vladimir Putin in no uncertain terms” that Britain is ready for any military confrontation.

Last week, Russia completed a surprise mass mobilization and drill of its Northern Fleet. This involved more than 110 aircraft, as well as 40,000 servicemen and over 40 ships.

Despite allegations of the Russian military’s “aggressive stance,”the allies see no double-standards in massive military build-up of NATO troops right on the Russian border.

Thousands of US troops and hundreds of tanks have poured into Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the past two months as part of an operation dubbed “Atlantic Resolve.” In February, 140 NATO vehicles and 1400 troops swept through Narva, a mere 300 meters from the Russian border.

 

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