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NATO to hold big military exercise in Norway

NATO will be holding one of its biggest military exercise in recent years, Norway in October-November with the participation of 40,000 personnel from 30 countries.

Admiral James Foggo, Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command Naples, told a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels Monday that Exercise Trident Juncture 18, will be held in and around Norway from 25 October to 7 November with an advanced activities in and around Iceland from 15-17 October. “NATO is a defense alliance. We are never looking for a fight but we are committed to defend and deter, and ready to respond to any threat from anywhere. NATO is a transparent organization,” he said.

NATO partners Sweden and Finland will also be taking part in the exercise.

On his part, Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee, told the joint press conference that they will be inviting international observers to the exercise.

He explained that under the OSCE Vienna Document, exercises must be notified by their host nations to OSCE member states 42 days in advance if exceeding 9,000 troops. Observation is required starting at 13,000 troops.

Source: Kuwait News Agency