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Russia's war games with fake enemies cause real alarm

Some analysts fear that this year's military exercises could be a prelude for military aggression

Andrew Higgins | NYT  |  Moscow 

The country does not exist, so it has neither an army nor any real citizens, though it has acquired a feisty following of would-be patriots online. Starting on Thursday, however, the fictional state, Veishnoriya, a distillation of the Kremlin’s darkest fears about the West, becomes the target of the combined military might of Russia and its ally Belarus. The nation was invented to provide an enemy to confront during a six-day joint military exercise that is expected to be the biggest display of Russian military power since the end of the Cold War a quarter-century ago. The ...

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 10:41 IST
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