Russian war game to 'intimidate' North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies

The annual Rapid Trident military exercises taking place in the western Ukrainian city of Yavoriv until September 23 involve an

It was all those railway wagons that got the speculation rolling over Russian intentions with its military exercises this week along its western borders.

This year's exercises, called Zapad ("West") 2017, are the first since Russian Federation annexed the Crimea in 2014. Reportedly, this was a topic raised by Poroshenko during Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Ukraine, with the Belarusian president assuring his host that the territory of Belarus would never be used to pose a threat to Ukraine. But no less important is the message these games seek to send to the world: the Russian military, almost three decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, is once again a force to be feared.

On the eve of the biggest Russian exercise since 2013, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says it will have more soldiers than Moscow announced, with 13,000 troops, Sweden is conducting maneuvers simulating an attack from the east on the Baltic island of Gotland near the Swedish mainland.

For some, that sounds uncomfortably like rehearsing a pretext for NATO's nightmare scenario, a Russian tank rush into the Baltic States.

For his part, the Polish deputy defence minister, Michal Dworczyk, said that even if the war game is conducted peacefully, it could result in an increased threat in the future.

But Western officials have said the maneuvers could include some 100,000 personnel in what they call a Russian show of power amid the ongoing standoff with the West over Russian aggression in Ukraine. After these military preparations many troops stayed in the area to participate in the subsequent war with Ukraine. The exercise will run until September 20.

Some Western analysts have suggested that Russia may keep some troops in Belarus, as some previous Russian exercises did not exactly match official statements. "The great concern is they're not going to leave", General Tony Thomas, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, told a security conference in July, adding, "That's not paranoia".

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The US military commander in Europe, Lt General Ben Hodges, echoed such concerns in an interview this summer, admitting that: "people are anxious this is a Trojan horse".

If Russia was planning a major offensive move, one might expect to see elements of its powerful Northern Fleet joining in the exercise.

"We do not accept reproaches", spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

Sweden has started its largest military exercise in over 20 years with almost 20,000 troops drilling on air, land and sea, including a contingent of over 1,000 USA soldiers, amid rising military activity in the Baltic Sea region.

Russian Federation used the pretence of similar military "snap drills" in its Kavkaz 2008 exercise to disguise the start of its brief war with Georgia.

According to the Times, Zapad-2017 "is the latest iteration of a series of training maneuvers that began under the Soviet Union in the 1970s" and were revived in 1999 and expanded under Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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