NATO Plans Nuclear Exercises – Russia Intends to Withdraw from Test Ban Treaty

NATO is planning a large-scale exercise involving combat jets capable of carrying nuclear warheads, as reported by The Kyiv Independent.

However, the alliance has stated that no live ammunition will be included in the exercise. The exercise, “Steadfast Noon,” takes place annually and involves more than a dozen NATO allies, nuclear-capable aircraft, conventional fighter jets, surveillance, and tanker aircraft. “Steadfast Noon will enhance the credibility, effectiveness, and safety of our nuclear deterrence and send a clear message that NATO will protect and defend all allies,” said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at an alliance conference.

Moscow wants to withdraw from test ban treaty

In 1996, a treaty for the comprehensive prohibition of nuclear tests was adopted. Additionally, the treaty is meant to regulate nuclear tests. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to withdraw from this treaty. Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated on October 10 to reporters that Moscow “will be forced to do the same” in the event of a U.S. nuclear test.

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