This week, for the first time since the Cold War, NATO dominated a group of US aircraft carriers as part of a pre-planned military exercise.
“The NATO Navy Strike Assistance Command and the United States Sixth Fleet’s coalition have launched a series of patrols across the Mediterranean within the framework of the Neptune Strike 2022,” NATO said. I am. statement January 24th. “The Neptune Strike is a long-term project effort. It will run until February 4th and will feature the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman carrier carrier and its carrier strike group and wing.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced that the USS Harry S. Truman carrier strike group entered the Mediterranean on January 21 amid heightened tensions with Russia along the Ukrainian border.
he Said The strike group said it would “participate in coordinated maritime exercises, anti-submarine warfare training, and long-range strike training,” and the war game was “long-term planned” and did not respond to Russia’s military buildup. It explains that it was. Near the Ukrainian border.
Harry Truman Accompanying By American cruiser San Jacinto and destroyers Bainbridge, Cole, Graveley, and Jason Dunham.
“We are constantly looking at exercises and training and asking ourselves … Do we really need to do it now? Need to speed up? Need to shorten?” Kirby also Said Friday. “Currently, due consideration has been given to tensions in our athletic posture, and after all that consideration and discussions with NATO’s allies, it has been decided to move forward.”
On Monday, the Pentagon announced that it would be wary of an army of about 8,500 people ready to deploy in case the crisis escalated. Western nations have accused Russia of attempting a new attack on Ukraine, which it invaded in 2014.
However, the Kremlin denied such a plan, but said it would take unspecified military action unless it met its demands, including NATO’s promise that NATO and Ukraine would never recognize Ukraine in the alliance.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday said Asked To reassure Eastern European countries that Russia does not plan to invade the country in the near future.
Two days after the State Department ordered the families of all American staff at the US embassy in Kiev to leave the country, it said unnecessary embassy staff could leave. Britain also said it was withdrawing diplomats and dependents from the embassy.
Defense Minister Olexy Reznikov said Russia was preparing to invade soon, “for now, there is no reason to believe it.” “Don’t worry, sleep well,” Reznikov said. “You don’t have to pack the bag.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.