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Russia launches massive war games on NATO’s eastern flank

KALININGRAD: Russia on Thursday began huge joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank in a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres are scheduled to last until September 20. They are being conducted on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov and Leningrad regions. Moscow says the drills involve 12,700 troops, 70 aircraft, 250 tanks and 10…