Russia may have said that it had no plans to invade a NATO ally, but nonetheless, the Kremlin refuses to stand idly by while the NATO alliance is conducting one of its biggest military exercises yet.
Anakonda 2016 has kicked off in Poland and more than service members have taken part. They are troops from the United States, United Kingdom, Albania, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Rebuclic, Croatia, Finland, Germany,Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
During the opening ceremony of the exercise, General Mark Milley, the 39th U.S. Army Chief of Staff, said, “The United States Army and the United States military and really the United States of America have a single purpose in Operation Anakonda. And that is to bring all of us together to demonstrate that we are shoulder to shoulder with the Polish people, we are shoulder to shoulder with the Polish Army and we are shoulder to shoulder with NATO to ensure that all the countries of NATO remain free and independent.”
As part of the training exercise, the Polish 3rd Surface to Air Missile Brigade (SAM) also conducted a multinational Chemical, Biological, Radiololgical and Nuclear decontamination training with the 10th U.S. Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
Meanwhile, a forum hosted by soldiers from the U.S. 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and 174th National Guard Brigade was also held in order to enhance the interoperability of Poland’s SAM brigade.
In response, a recent report from Reuters revealed that Russia is now beefing up its forces along the Western front where NATO is currently holding its major exercise. There is also an increase of troops being brought to the eastern flank as well. In the Russian town of Klinsty near Ukraine, a makeshift army camp has also been spotted with a large number of newly arrived troops and military vehicles.
The Russian Ministry of Defense is yet to acknowledge these latest military movements.