Meanwhile, North Korea has launched a ballistic missile over Japan, threatened the US Pacific territory of Guam and has tested a possible thermonuclear device, incurring the wrath of Donald Trump.
The world’s most pressing diplomatic threat concerns the stepped-up programme of missile testing by the North Korean regime, which prompted Mr Trump to warn of unleashing “fire and fury” on the North Korean regime.
On Thursday, the German defence minister said the war games, code named Zapad or “West”, were a clear “demonstration of capabilities and power of the Russians”.
“It’s been tens of billions of dollars more in investment”, he said.
“And each day new equipment is delivered – new and lovely equipment, the best in the world, the best anywhere in the world, by far”.
“If I started to speculate about potential military options, I would only add to the uncertainty and difficulty of the situation, so I think my task is not to be contribute to that”, he said.
Speaking his mind on North Korea, NATO chief believes that all need to find a solution to it politically.
“They have a right to respond when they see these very aggressive actions. I also support the presence of U.S. troops and capabilities in Korea”.
Russian Federation has said around 13,000 troops from Russian Federation and Belarus and nearly 700 pieces of military hardware will be used in the exercises to be held in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russian Federation and Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad on September 14-20.
“Russia has said it [the number of troops deployed] is below 13,000”, Stoltenberg said.
While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump cast doubt on whether the U.S. would defend allies in the Baltic if they came under attack from Russian Federation but has since softened his stance towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
“We have seen that in Zapad 2009 and 2013 – the two previous Zapad exercises”.