Armoured vehicles fire during the Zapad-2017 war games, held by Russian and Belarussian servicemen, at an undisclosed location in Belarus, September 14, 2017. Vayar military information agency/Belarussian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
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Military officials in Belarus have sought to calm Western fears about major war games with Russia getting underway Thursday that involve thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft.Russia and Belarus have said the exercises, which last until Sept. 20, will involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops. Russian military officials have said up to 70 aircraft and about 250 tanks, 200 artillery systems and 10 navy ships will also be involved.The Zapad maneuvers have also been criticized by Belarusian opposition leaders, who say Russia could use the occasion to position a large, permanent contingent of troops in Belarus, leaving the country at the mercy of any armed confrontation involving Moscow.
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