It looked like a rapprochement between Russia and the EU. In 2012 a visa-free, “small border traffic” zone opened at the border between Poland and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Now the experiment in cross-border cooperation is over.
The Kremlin has stressed its sovereign right to deploy missiles on Russian territory after reports that the country deployed the Iskander nuclear-capable missile system in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea.
Russia has warned that it could deploy more high precision missiles to its Kaliningrad enclave, which borders Poland and Lithuania. Moscow has accused the US of illegally propping up its own forces in the region.
The US claims Russia is violating the US-Russian 1987 anti-missile INF treaty with a new missile program. Now the US is planning catch-up capabilities if Moscow doesn't back down.
The large "Zapad-2017" war games pit the troops of Russia and Belarus against terrorist infiltrators from three "hypothetical" Eastern European countries. DW gives you an overview of the drill.
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