12:08 Aug. 30, 2016
NATO did not organize such tests since the Cold War
During his visit to Romania, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that NATO's relations with Russia are now 'very unsatisfactory'. There were more than a dozen operability tests in Russia during the last two years.
Vershbow asserted that NATO would like to enhance transparency and predictability of relations with Moscow. Yet the exercises do not help to stabilize the situation. Deputy Secretary General reassured that NATO will continue to protect its allies in eastern and southern regions.
Last week, on August 25, Russia announced the start of new exercises on the ground as well as at sea. It sparked concerns on real Moscow's intentions in Ukraine, Europe and alliance itself. Russia has put its army on full combat alert. At the same time, the shellings in eastern Ukraine have intensified.