Russia opposes Nato war games in Poland

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Pesko said on Tuesday that the launch of Nato manoeuvres in Poland “do not contribute to an atmosphere of trust and security”.

“Unfortunately we are still witnessing a deficit in mutual trust,” Peskove said.

Some 31 000 soldiers from 18 Nato states and five partner countries, including 12 000 Poles are taking part in biggest military exercises in Eastern Europe since the Cold War, which started on Monday, a month ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw

The 10-day Anaconda-16 manoeuvres are aimed at testing whether the concept of creating rapid response forces works in Polish conditions.

The exercise will be a test of Nato’s capability to defend its eastern flank, Poland’s Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Monday at the exercise’s official opening.

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