Russia Launches War Games On NATO`s Eastern Flank


Russia On Thursday began major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union`s eastern flank — a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members.

Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres, scheduled to last until September 20, are taking place on the territory of Moscow`s closest ally Belarus, in Russia`s European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov and Leningrad regions.

Moscow says the drills will involve 12,700 troops, 70 aircraft, 250 tanks and 10 battleships testing their firepower against an imaginary foe close to borders with Poland and the Baltic States.

In a statement announcing the start of the exercises Russia`s defence ministry insisted the manoeuvres are “of a strictly defensive nature and are not directed against any other state or group of countries.” Read More…

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