NATO jets and US nuclear bombers have held war games at Russia’s doorstep to show Vladimir Putin the power.
United States and 20 nato The nations participated in massive missions, flying over 30 NATO member states to send a warning message to Putin.
At 316mph over Scotland at 27,000 feet, new video footage shows a US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress refueling on a flight from Spain before returning to the mission – dubbed Operation Allied Sky.
Fantastic footage shows an RAF Typhoon taking to the skies over the UK to escort a US aircraft.
During the mission, the bomber completed an aerial refueling from a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft based at RAF Mildenhall.
According to Nick Robertson, CNN International Diplomatic Editor, the mission aims to show NATO’s “credibility of shared defence” and “increased readiness”.
The timely message of military might comes two weeks before US President Joe Biden’s summit with the Russian leader.
According to air force technologyNATO Allied Air Command and USAFE-AFAFRICA Commander General Jeff Harrison said: “The bomber mission demonstrates the credibility of our forces to address a global security environment that is more diverse and uncertain than at any time in our history .
“Today’s mission is a stellar demonstration of NATO’s air superiority and at the same time there is no challenge we cannot face.”
Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, Romania and the UK participated in the mission.
Britain’s military sent another strong message to Putin on Friday after HMS Queen Elizabeth Led a series of war games before traveling to the Black Sea.
The £3 billion giant aircraft carrier was enlisted in Portugal by 19 NATO warships from the US and eight other allies for the Steadfast Defender operation.
The exercise, which is expected to last till June 22, involved submarines, destroyers and frigates and was supported by heavy air support from the RAF’s all-new F-35B Lightning stealth fighters.
The ship’s commanding officer and captain, Commodore Steve Moorhouse, called it an “extremely powerful statement”.
Meanwhile, NATO said it wants to see sanctions against Belarus fully implemented. Forcible landing of a Ryanair flight in May to arrest a journalist.
General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said some allies were also considering taking further action on the issue.
Stoltenberg met with Boris Johnson today after a meeting between Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and their allied counterparts on Tuesday.
He said it was important that the agreed sanctions against Belarus be “fully implemented” and called Minsk’s action “absolutely unacceptable”.
“I think the most important thing now is to make sure that the sanctions that have been agreed are fully implemented,” Stoltenberg said.
“And I also know that other allies are looking to see if they can step up.”
He also acknowledged that Russia and Belarus are “working closely together”.
so rabi Calls for NATO to work together to tackle the threat of “hostile states” Like Russia”.
The first meeting of NATO leaders since 2019 will take place later this month.
Stoltenberg said dealing with threats from Russia would be on the agenda at the upcoming leaders’ meeting.
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