Rus­sia launches war games on Nato’s east­ern flank

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RUS­SIA yes­ter­day 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 en­clave 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. — AFP

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