Tensions between NATO and Russia are reaching new heights, especially in Eastern Europe as Moscow is set to kick off its largest war games in several years.

The Zapad (West) 2017 exercises are set to launch Sept. 14-20, and involve at least 13,000 troops from Russia and Belarus, though some NATO officials believe the number may be higher.

The exercises are a culmination of a Russian build-up of both ground and naval forces in eastern Europe, which the Kremlin has justified due to NATO’s build-up of forces in the same region. [source]

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