The 2013 Zapad military exercises drew the participation of at least 12,000 Russian and Belarusian military personnel and involved simulated air, naval and urban warfare. This year's drills promise to be even bigger.
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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