31 May '15, 6pm

Tensions High as Russia Responds to Exercise

Tensions High as Russia Responds to Exercise

A Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighter takes off from Rovaniemi, Finland, on May 27 as it takes part in Arctic Challenge, an exercise organized by Sweden, Finland and Norway. NATO member Norway is leading the exercise, which includes 100 fighter jets from nine nations, including NATO countries and non-members Finland and Sweden. (Photo: Kaisa Siren/AFP) 7 CONNECT 22 TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE HELSINKI — Russia's decision to conduct unscheduled large-scale maneuvers in response to the Norway-led Arctic Challenge exercises in the High North has added fuel to geo-political tensions in the region. Arctic Challenge participants from within NATO and the non-aligned Nordic countries view the Kremlin's response as a demonstration of Russia's military strength in the region and its unease over the deepening defense partnerships between NATO and neutral Finland and Sweden. The chang...

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