"The Defense Minister said today that all the operational formations returned to their places of permanent deployment," Peskov said.
According to him, there is no connection between the Russian Armed Forces surprise verification and the NATO increased activity in Eastern Europe. The Iskander missile systems, fighters, and bombers were deployed in the Kaliningrad region during the exercise to verify the combat readiness of the Northern Fleet, the Western Military District detachments, and Airborne Forces detachments, which was announced March 16.
The verification ended March 21. According to head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartapolov, more than 80,000 soldiers and 12,000 units of military equipment, including 65 warships, 15 submarines and more than 220 warplanes took part in verification of the Armed Forces combat readiness.