Russian military forces are expected to continue with pre-planned nuclear tests at the same time as similar NATO exercises are planned.

NATO announced on Friday the launch of its annual “Steadfast Noon” exercise on Monday. The exercise involving 14 countries is expected to mobilize around 60 aircraft in regions close to the UK, Belgium and the North Sea. NATO does not plan to use real bombs.

“The exercise, which will run until (October 30), is a routine and recurring training activity and is not linked to any current world events,” NATO said of the exercises.

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Russian MiG-29SMT jet fighters forming the “Z” symbol in support of the Russian military fly in formation during a rehearsal for a flying pass, part of a military parade marking the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in WWII World Cup in central Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2022.
(REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina)

The aircraft includes fighter jets, surveillance and tanker aircraft and US B-52 long-range bombers, NATO said.

Russia is also expected to move forward with pre-scheduled nuclear tests this month, annual nuclear exercises often referred to as “Grom” which normally take place in late October.

A United States Air Force B-52 bomber lands at RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom during Russian forces formation near the Ukrainian border on 10 February 2022.

A United States Air Force B-52 bomber lands at RAF Fairford in the United Kingdom during Russian forces formation near the Ukrainian border on 10 February 2022.
(Ben Birchall / PA Images via Getty Images)

Putin has repeatedly suggested in recent weeks that Russia would resort to nuclear weapons if the country’s territory is threatened.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends the Victory Day military parade to mark the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow on May 9, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends the Victory Day military parade to mark the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow on May 9, 2022.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, photo of the Kremlin pool via AP)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose public reflections on the Ukraine-Russia conflict have rustled feathers internationally, has speculated on the possibility of nuclear war.

“But surely no reasonable person would launch a nuclear war?” Musk asked rhetorically.

“The problem with this logic is that if we were dealing with reasonable people, we wouldn’t have war in the first place.”

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The Biden administration will send Ukraine a new $ 725 million package of military aid and other assistance as Ukraine continues to fight Russian forces, the White House said Friday.

The move comes as European defense leaders promised Ukraine weapons and air defense systems and as Russia unleashed a bombardment of targeted missile attacks Kiev and other regions.

Anders Hagstrom of Fox News contributed to this report.

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