Significantly, Finland and Sweden chose to join these manoeuvres as Nato “partner” countries.
The Kremlin’s military manoeuvres betray a preoccupation with achieving dominance of the Baltic – and a willingness to use nuclear weapons.
The manoeuvres, which took place in March, assumed that a Western-backed uprising against President Vladimir Putin was taking place in Moscow.
Under the scenario posited by the exercise, Russia responded by launching a simulated assault on four regional neighbours.
In June last year, Russian jets simulated a nuclear attack on Bornholm, timed to coincide with an annual festival on the Danish island involving the country’s entire political leadership and 90,000 guests.