NATO started an annual nuclear deterrent drill in Western Europe, amid the rising tension with Russia due to Ukraine's war.

NATO today started the Steadfast Noon nuclear exercise, emphasized that this is a regular, regular training activity that has been planned before Russia opened a military campaign in Ukraine and did not relate to the current situation.


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The drill will last up to October 30, with the participation of US long-range B-52 bombers.

NATO said real nuclear bombs will not be used.

F-16 fighter participated in NATO's exercise near the Air Base in Poland on October 12.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg last week rejected all the call to cancel the rehearsal, saying that the move would issue a wrong message, and affirm NATO's military power is the best way to stop it.

The drill took place in the context of concerns about the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow could use all available tools, including dancers.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov then explained that it did not threaten anyone with nuclear weapons, mentioning the Russian military doctrine that only used nuclear arsenal to defend itself when the country was threatened by the country.

NATO said the alliance did not notice any changes in the situation of Russia's nuclear capacity, despite the tough words from the Kremlin.

When Ukraine tensions escalate with new developments, Mr. Biden's headache is calculating how to react if Russian nuclear warnings come true.

Putin's strategic deterrent command almost did not increase the nuclear threat, which could only be a psychological tactic to deter rival.