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.
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 has approved the $10.5 billion sale of a Patriot anti-missile system to NATO ally Poland. Eastern European NATO states have been ramping up their military capabilities in the face of perceived Russian aggression.
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.
The draw for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia takes place in Moscow on Friday. Here is a lowdown on the procedure and who world champions Germany might face.
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