The Global Lightning 17 manoeuvres took place from 7 to 17 February. Acts in case of a conflict with another nuclear state in the European theatre of war were exercised. If before only one option of combat acts used to be exercised, this time appliance of all the possible schemes was rehearsed. Officers from Australia, Canada, Denmark and Great Britain took part in the drills.
As Pravda.Ru reported, the US intelligence conducted a research in late January on whether the Russian and Chinese state structures would be capable of surviving a nuclear strike. The results have not been revealed.
Pilot-cosmonaut Boris Volynov cast doubts on the opinion voiced by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov about the reasons that led to the death of first man in space, Yuri Gagarin