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Five Things to Know About the Zapad-2017 Military Exercise

25 September 2017

Mathieu Boulègue


Research Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

As Russian forces leave Belarus, what are the main lessons to draw from the Zapad-2017 drills?

Servicemen take part in the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad-2017. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images

Following seven days of “military operations”, the fictional country of “Veshnoriya” (with a geography similar to that of the Baltic States) was forced into submission by Russian and Belarusian joint forces.In a grand display, the “Union State” of Russia and Belarus destroyed the enemy after Veshnoriya tried to stage border incursions …read more

Source: Chatham House

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