The scale of NATO's Steadfast Defender 2024 exercises marks an "irrevocable return" of the alliance to Cold War schemes, said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko in remarks published on Sunday by the state RIA news agency.

Iran PressEurope: NATO said on Thursday it was launching its largest exercise since the Cold War involving some 90,000 troops, rehearsing how U.S. troops could reinforce European allies in countries bordering Russia and on the alliance's eastern flank if a conflict were to flare up with a "near-peer" adversary.

"These exercises are another element of the hybrid war unleashed by the West against Russia," Grushko told RIA.

"An exercise of this scale ... marks the final and irrevocable return of NATO to the Cold War schemes, when the military planning process, resources and infrastructure are being prepared for a confrontation with Russia."

NATO did not mention Russia by name in its announcement. However, its top strategic document identifies Russia as the most significant and direct threat to NATO members' security.


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