‘Ready for the real thing!’ Inside the 19-nation joint NATO drills in North Macedonia

NATO 'keen to show they're ready for the real thing' says Swain

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British soldiers are carrying out joint military exercises with eighteen other nations as part of a NATO readiness push amid the war in Ukraine. Armed forces from NATO member countries have gathered in North Macedonia to take part in war games and drills, including from France, Italy and the United States. 

GMB’s Jonathan Swain said: “This comes with a big risk of escalating tensions even further with Russia.

“With the war in Ukraine, NATO though is keen to show that they are united.

“This is just an exercise of course, but they are prepared and keen to show they’re ready for the real thing.”

NATO describes itself as a defensive alliance, built around a treaty declaring that an attack on one member is an attack on all. 

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