Stoltenberg called NATO exercise in Norway testing of the collective defence

© Sputnik / Denis Aslanbeyli in Photobacterium division of the US army. Archival photoStoltenberg called NATO exercise in Norway testing of the collective defence© Sputnik / Denis Aslanbeyli the image Bank

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that large-scale exercises of the Alliance in Norway are an echo of the cold war, in his opinion, they are necessary in the context of increased unpredictability in the security sphere.

The largest post-cold war NATO exercise Trident Juncture, held in Norway from October 25 to November 7. In the scenario of collective defence when an attack of the enemy involved 50 thousand troops, forces and means of all 29 allies and partners — Sweden and Finland.

«We are not in a state of «cold war», but we are working on collective defence. We are talking about conflict prevention, not provoking, the best way to preserve peace is to have an impressive deterrence,» said he in Norway, answering the journalists ‘ questions.

«There is a big difference in the situation now, and the times of the cold war. Then there were two opposing military blocs, hundreds of thousands of military side in high readiness on both sides, today there is no such. Today the situation is largely unpredictable, it is difficult to predict what will happen and there is less agreement about the rules of the game. That is, the less confrontation, but more unpredictable, the use of hybrid tactics, interference in the internal Affairs of States», — he said.