Russia continues to stoke fears of World War 3 after a sharp increase in military activity in the North Atlantic and new revelations that the nation simulated an attack on Denmark this summer.
The simulated attack took place on the island of Bornholm this summer, the Danish Defense Intelligence Service revealed this week. According to DDIS, Russia sent military jets equipped with live missiles to the island in June, at the same time 9,000 dignitaries were gathered for a political festival.
Officials in Denmark predicted that Russia's military activity could be the prelude to World War 3.
"DDIS did not release concrete details about the simulated attack but characterised it as the largest Russian military exercise over the Baltic Sea since 1991 and "of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.
"DDI's Risk Assessment 2014, which can be read in its entirety using the link below, strongly focuses on Russia and the Ukraine crisis, predicting that "over the next few years, the situation in eastern Ukraine will highly likely turn into a new frozen European conflict, and the Ukraine crisis will continue to strain relations between Russia and the West."
Russia has been preparing its military and testing NATO defenses in recent weeks. In a period of 24 hours this week, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft to test the defenses of both NATO and neighboring countries. In that time frame, Russia also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, north of Sweden.
Officials from the U.S. Air Force say Russia's activity could be preparations for World War 3.
"That could certainly be the case," retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the service's influential former intelligence chief, told the Daily Beast. "It is not farfetched that at some point within the next two years [Russian President Vladimir] Putin makes a more aggressive move in Eastern Europe and uses a nuclear threat to deter a NATO response."
But officials in Denmark say despite the increased military activity from Russia, "there are no indications that Russia constitutes an increased direct military threat to Danish territory."