The last time Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Belarus a new war erupted. They are being conducted on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov and Leningrad regions.
According to Belarus and Russian Federation, the exercise involves 12,700 soldiers and 250 tanks, as well as 200 pieces of artillery, 70 planes and helicopters and 10 warships on the borders of the Baltic states, Finland, and Poland.
The maneuvers "are of a purely defensive nature and are not directed against any states or groups of countries", it said.
Moscow has dismissed fears over the drills - the latest in a series of annual exercises that rotate around the vast country - as fuelled by the "myth about the so-called "Russian threat".
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There is an information war going on for public opinion in NATO-member states too, with Western governments keen to bolster their case for increasing military spending to counter a resurgent Russian military.
He added that the drill is part of a "pattern of a more assertive Russia" that has shown it was "willing to use military force against its neighbours", referring to Russia's invasion of Georgia in 2008 and its covert invasion of Ukraine three years ago. In response to the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, the US and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies agreed to station several thousand troops near Russia's border on a rotating basis, mostly to reassure Poland and the Baltic states.
"For Russia it would be logical to try to cut us off, which they have already practised", he said. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke about the theme and objectives of the maneuvers, as well as the number of military and technical equipment that will be deployed.
All of it "nonsense", according to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who slammed claims that it was planning to leave troops behind in Belarus. It also serves to validate aspects of the Ukraine's military training program. "President Trump was also briefed about the Russian exercises, Zapad" in which has been anticipated by Western intelligence agencies that 100,000 troops would participate.
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"We are anxious about this drill.it is an open preparation for war with the West", she told reporters.
Russian Federation has clearly demonstrated during various snap exercises over the past several years that it can move large forces at long distances, so it would be hard to argue that additional bases in Belarus are imperative to ensure Russia's ability to project power in the West.
Minsk has said the games will role play a conflict with a made-up rebel region backed by neighbouring European nations. "History teaches us that we need to see and watch and prepare for the activities of Russian Federation", she added.
But for Danish defence minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen, speaking on Danish radio on Thursday, the drill was created to "intimidate the Baltic states".
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