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NATO’s Arctic exercise

NATO’s Arctic exercise countries have started military exercises in the Arctic region. The exercise involves approximately 1,000 allied forces from Norway.

Context:- NATO countries have started military exercises in the Arctic region.

An Overview of the News

  • The exercise involves approximately 1,000 allied forces from Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with NATO applicant Sweden.
  • Finland, NATO’s newest member, is hosting its first joint training in the Arctic region since joining the Western alliance in April.
  • The exercise took place at Rovajärvi in northern Finland, near the Russian border, at one of Europe’s largest artillery training grounds.

Oath to defend Finland

  • NATO has pledged to protect its newest member, Finland.
  • The decision to join NATO was influenced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which raised tensions between Moscow and the West.

Read also:- North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ( NATO)

Participation and Scope of Practice

  • About6,500 Finnish soldiers and 1,000 vehicles are participating in the exercise.
  • The Arctic Challenge 2023 exercise also includes 150 aircraft from 14 NATO members and partner countries.
  • The objective of the exercise is to enhance military cooperation and preparedness in the Arctic region.
  • Joint training reinforces NATO’s commitment to collective defence and regional security.

Read also:- Finland became the 31st member of NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

  • It is a military alliance between North American and European countries formed in 1949 and headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
  • It was created during the Cold War as a defense pact to prevent Soviet expansion and protect member states from possible aggression.
  • The founding members of NATO were the United States, Canada, and ten European countries, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
  • NATO Secretary General- Jens Stoltenberg

About Finland

  • Finland is the 31st member of NATO.
  • Prime Minister- Sana Marin
  • Capital- Helsinki
  • Currency-Euro

Read also:- Polar Vortex

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