Director of the London-based European Leadership Network, Ian Kearns, stated his opinion on NATO and Russia’s war games. According to him, this only increases mistrust and could even lead to serious encounters.
It is obvious that both forces are getting ready for the possible confrontation. NATO conducted a military exercise in June, while Russia conducted their military exercise in March.
It seems that many military exercises conducted by Russia were never announced beforehand.
Many close encounters have already happened, which only means that both Russia and NATO moved their air assets closer to each other. One of such encounters was a narrowly-avoided crash between an airliner and a Russian aircraft near Copenhagen.
It also seems that actions by Russia and NATO will never end, because both sides seem to be always ready to react to the actions of the other side.