With NATO Conducting Exercises, Russia Puts Northern Fleet on ‘Full Alert’

Posted March 17, 2015 at 5:05am

CNN reports that “as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia’s border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his Northern Fleet “to full alert in a snap combat readiness exercise” in the Arctic, state-run media reported Monday.”  

“At least one Russian leader described the drill as routine and unrelated to the ‘international situation.'”  

“The fleet got its orders at 8 a.m. Monday, according to Sputnik, launching a land, sea and air drill that will involve 38,000 troops, 41 ships, 15 submarines and 110 aircraft.”