14 Jun '18, 7am

Baltic exercise a show of strength with 'uninvited observers' from Russia in mind: Russia…

Baltic exercise a show of strength with 'uninvited observers' from Russia in mind: Russia…

BORNHOLM, Denmark – Russia wasn’t invited to a 22-nation exercise aimed at deterring them, but the U.S. and NATO military planners of the event knew they’d be watching. The point of Baltic Operations 2018 at the tactical level is training, but at the strategic level, analysts say it is a show of strength — and that means the allies want Russia’s full attention. The two-week exercise is scheduled to end Friday, after bringing together 5,000 servicemembers from 16 militaries, as well as six nations who observed or provided staff, for training operations on and around the Baltic Sea. “It sends a strong message of commitment to the stability and security of this region,” Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, 6th Fleet commander, told Stars and Stripes in Bornholm. “So on many levels it’s a very important exercise.” Several participating nations have been wary of Russia’s intentions since...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/baltic-exercise-a-show-of-st...

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