(Prensa Latina) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reported today in a statement the start of the Neptune Coup 22 maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea, a show of force that aims to raise tensions with Russia.
The report released by the Allied Command of Joint Forces in Naples specified that the US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) will participate in these maritime exercises, which will include training in long-distance attacks.
Neptune Strike 22 takes place in the middle of a complex scenario, where the purpose of the Atlantic Alliance is to increase its military presence on the borders with Russia.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Monday that NATO’s statements about increasing its contingent and sending forces to Eastern Europe increase tensions in the region.
Peskov recalled that Moscow began talks and consultations on security guarantees for Russia and “we hope this week we will receive written responses to our proposals, which are designed to help us avoid tense situations in the future.”
Last Friday, press secretary of the United States Department of Defense, John F. Kirby, acknowledged that although Neptune Coup 22 has been planned since 2020, the current tensions with Russia regarding the Ukraine issue were taken into consideration when deciding to carry out the exercise.