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NATO exercises can delay traffic

Thousands of military vehicles will be hitting the roads of Norway during the next few weeks. They’re arriving to take part in NATO’s annual winter exercises in Norway, and motorists are being warned to be patient.

“Lots of people try to pass military convoys, because they move below the speed limit,” Alexander Solem, a troop sergeant attached to the NATO maneuvers, told state broadcaster NRK, “but that’s actually illegal.” Attempting to get around long convoys can also be dangerous.

NATO’s annual Cold Response exercise begins in March, but vehicles and equipment are already arriving in Norway from NATO allies and need to travel long distances. Many of the exercises will be taking place in Northern and Eastern Norway, involving around 35,000 soldiers from 28 countries. Just moving the equipment alone is said to be an important part of the exercises.

“Taking in allies and the logistics around the exercises are a big part of what we need to practice,” said Army spokesman Eirik Skomedal. “It’s important that civilians understand that we’re using heavy vehicles and we need extra space and braking distance on Norwegian roads.” staff



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