Are we heading for World War Three? Nato makes biggest move in 33 years
It feels as though we are inching ever closer to World War Three, as NATO announces plans to call up 90,000 troops in one of its largest military drills since the Cold War.
Around 20,000 British troops will be included in the call up, as the alliance begins to test each member state’s ability to engage in conflict.
It is the largest call up since the end of Cold War ended 33 years ago.
The exercise, called Steadfast Defender, will begin next week and run to late May.
All 31 NATO members will be involved in the drill, plus Sweden whose membership is being ratified.
US General Christopher Cavoli, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told journalists in Brussels.
He said: ‘The Alliance will demonstrate its ability to reinforce the Euro-Atlantic area by a transatlantic movement of forces from North America.’
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps announced the deployment of all the army, navy and RAF on Monday.
The Royal Navy will send two new aircraft carriers and eight warships.