Moscow is conducting military exercises right on the EU's doorstep: on Belarus' western border. Neighboring Poland and Lithuania are concerned -- despite the presence of NATO forces. Many Belarusians also oppose the Russian maneuvers on their soil.
Hundreds of thousands of troops are expected to participate in Russia's biggest military maneuver since the Cold War. Also taking part in eastern Russia at its "Vostok-2018" drill will be Chinese and Mongolian forces.
Russia is showcasing military might with its largest war games since the height of the Cold War. NATO is nonchalantly "monitoring" Moscow's activities but sending an unmistakable signal from the sky.
Was the recent Russian and Belarussian Zapad-2017 military exercise really preparation for a major conflict as some neighbors feared? DW spoke with Thomas Möller, a Swedish army observer who was there.
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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