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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Moscow spar over plans for major Russian war games

31 August 2017

Russian Federation charges that that Western concerns about Zapad-2017 are unfounded, saying the war games will be "purely defensive" and pose no threat to Russia's neighbors, NATO, or the West.

The U.S. Air force has deployed 7 fighter jets in Lithuania on Tuesday amid security tensions in the region before the upcoming military drill Zapad 2017.

Moscow says nearly 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen will take part, as well as around 70 planes and helicopters.

But Moscow has said that nearly 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen will take part, as well as around 70 planes and helicopters.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants the "Vienna Document" amended for "snap exercises" to be faced with 'snap monitoring.' Russia has increased the use of snap exercises over the last few years as tensions with the West have grown over Russian actions in Ukraine.

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe, told Reuters last month that U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine were anxious the exercises could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg urged Russian Federation on August 24 not to "use loopholes" to pump up the numbers while keeping observers out.

Three US exercises will be underway at the same time as Zapad, in Sweden, Poland and Ukraine, and a US armoured brigade has already deployed in Europe.

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Officials revealed that nearly 700 pieces of military hardware will be deployed, including nearly 250 tanks, 10 ships and various artillery and rocket systems. "Not a single one of these paradoxical versions has anything to do with reality".

The war games are scheduled to be held from September 14 to 20 and will simulate repelling an attack by extremist groups.

Russia's Deputy Defense Minister, Lt. Gen. Alexander Fomin rejected such fears, "The most improbable scenarios have been floated..."

"As well as its anti-terrorist backdrop, the Zapad-2017 exercise is of a purely defensive nature", said Fomin, who said the drills were routine and conducted with ally Belarus every two years.

Russian Federation said the scale of the exercise was in line with worldwide rules.

Lungescu noted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation welcomed the invitations from both Minsk and Moscow, but stressed that "they are not a substitute for observation as set out in the Vienna Document", which implies briefings and talks with soldiers about the drills.

Moscow says nearly 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen will take part in Zapad, as well as around 70 planes and helicopters and 700 pieces of military hardware including tanks, artillery and rocket systems.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Moscow spar over plans for major Russian war games