Combined with missile and nuclear disaster drills, it appears Russia is trying to send a message to Washington to back down from further escalation
More than 1,200 personnel and 100 items of military and specialized equipment will be involved in the drills in Russia and Belarus.
Russian and Belarusian paratroopers will take part in two major military drills this month, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. "Maneuvers will take place in both countries. A total of more than 1,200 personnel and 100 items of military and specialized equipment will be involved in the drills," a ministerial statement read.
During the scheduled war games, paratroopers will practice joint actions to defend the borders of the so-called Union State, which the two allied neighbors agreed in the 1990s.
According to the ministry’s figures, Russia and Belarus increased by a third the number of joint exercises their paratroopers and special operations forces have held since last year to 38.
Source: Sputnik - Russian news agency