The official phase of “Zapad-2017”, the biggest Russian-Belarusian military exercise this year, started today (September 14th).
The Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 (West-2017) exercises, scheduled for 14–20 September, have for many months been the core of an information war between Russia and NATO, in which Ukraine and Belarus have also participated.
Interview with Knut Kirste, Political Advisor for Serbia at the NATO Political Affairs and Security Policy Division. Kirste was in Belgrade as a speaker on the conference “Western Security Architecture and Serbia – Challenges and Dilemmas”, organized by the Center for Foreign Policy.
NATO has reformed its military capabilities to be able to deploy forces much more quickly. But could leftover Cold War bureaucracy prevent a rapid response? NATO General Ben Hodges told DW he wants a "military Schengen."
Today Russia embarks on a week of combat exercises and military maneuvers that will be closely watched by neighboring countries and the United States.