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Russians arrive in Scotland to inspect NATO exercise, confusing Euroskeptics

russia-inspectors-nato-exercise.siBritish Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster (Reuters/Toby Melville)

To the befuddlement of Euro critics, Russian inspectors have arrived in the UK to oversee a mass NATO training exercise taking place in Scotland.

Despite current tensions between the West and Russia, the team from the Russian National Nuclear Threat Reduction Center is permitted to visit the country to observe military activities as part of a reciprocal agreement contained in the 2011 version of the Vienna Document.

The center is part of the Russian defense ministry. Its head, Sergey Ryzhkov, told the Daily Mail newspaper: “During the event, the inspectors will visit ranges and plan to hold command briefings on the conducted military activities.”

The inspectors started their four-day visit on Monday after arriving at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

Exercise Joint Warrior involves more than 50 ships, 70 aircraft and 13,000 military personnel from 14 NATO member states and is being held off the north coast of Scotland.


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