A military exercise in Eastern Europe that involves hundreds of American, British and Georgian troops has led to increased tensions between the West and Russia, NBC News reported.
The joint-military action, Exercise Noble Partner, was designed to bring the Georgian military closer to NATO. The drill comes at a time of growing tension between the Western alliance and the Kremlin.
The Vaziani Training Area where the drills took place is just 45 miles from the Russian border, infuriating Moscow.
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"We regard this ongoing 'exploration' of Georgia's territory by NATO forces as a provocative step aimed at escalating the military and political situation in the South Caucasus," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.