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 NATO’s largest ever drills aimed to "deter Russia" to be held in Poland

Over 25,000 troops from more than 20 NATO and allied countries will take part in Anaconda 16 exercise scheduled to be held in Poland in June.

The military officials from Poland, Germany, and the United States met in Wiesbaden, Germany, Feb. 5, to coordinate the preparation for the event, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Poland.

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"Such a large-scale exercise will be held in Poland for the first time since 1989, but we hope it will not be the last," Brigade General Slawomir Wojciechowski said.

Commanding General of the US Army Europe Ben Hodges said that Anaconda will be the major exercise of this year. He added that the strategic effect the US wanted to reach by these drills was to give confidence to its allies and deter Russia after its intervention in Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea.

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According to Ben Hodges, the key point in deterring Russia is rapid response both in case of threats and political decision-making and in accumulation of military equipment in strategic locations. Gen. Hodges expressed confidence that demonstration of ability to deploy army and equipment in Poland and Baltic countries before the escalation would deter Russia.

Gen. Wojciechowski, in turn, noted that these exercise will take place on land, at sea and in the air. The drills will also involve cyber security.

"This is the first exercise since 1989 involving US-allied troops on such a large-scale," the Polish general said.
 
 
 
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