comment 14 Sep 17

Russia’s Big Games Strike Echoes in the Balkans

As Moscow unrolls its biggest military exercise in decades, the Balkans is also feeling the heat from growing tension between East and West.

Vesko Garcevic
BIRN
Boston
 
Russia's Vladimir Putin(left) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko inspected the final stage of the Zapad 2013 strategic military exercises. Photo: kremlin.ru.

It’s just a day before the Russian military exercise, codenamed Zapad [West], starts from September 14 through to September 20, in Belarus, Kaliningrad, and Russia.  

While Russia is preparing to mount one of its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, NATO and the EU are following what is going on with suspicion.

The display of Russian military muscle flexing is controversial for several reasons.

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