Foreign relations / Security and defence

Italian troops drill in Eastern Europe

Italian cavalry in Russia during WWII.

NATO launched on Tuesday in Germany and Eastern Europe operation Steadfast Javelin II, an upgraded version of previously scheduled operation Saber Junction.

Troops from various NATO countries – and not only US troops as initially scheduled – will take part to joint drills attempting to impress Russia and soften its aggressive stance against Ukraine.

Italy will send 500 elite paratroopers of the Folgore Division, a famous unit that fought with distinction in the battle of El Alamein during World War II before being overwhelmed by the British numbers.

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