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Russian and Belarusian troops conduct a joint drill in Kaliningrad during the 2013 Zapad military exercises.
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When Moscow Plays War Games, It Thinks a Few Steps Ahead

Aug 17, 2017 | 19:24 GMT

The Zapad exercises, Russia's largest military drills, have a history of shedding light on the country's relationship with the West. As this year's events approach, the West is readying itself for a big statement from the Kremlin.

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