NATO countries launch first military drills in Poland
June 7, NY: NATO countries have launched the first drills and have begun military exercises in Poland at a time when European nations are seeking strong security guarantees amid growing concerns about Russia.
The drills, part of an exercise codenamed Anakonda-16, began on Tuesday.
Some 31,000 troops from Poland, the US and 17 other NATO member nations and from five partner nations will be involved in the military exercise.
According to the reports, dozens of fighter jets and ships are due to take part in the 10-day event, along with 3,000 vehicles. The US is expected to provide the biggest contingent of foreign troops.
Russia has condemned the exercise saying the presence of NATO troops close to its borders was a threat to its security.
This exercise "clearly does not contribute to an atmosphere of trust and security in the continent," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman
Dmitry Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.
The Oslo Times