NATO troops in massive airborne exercise in Poland

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Polish Army soldiers hold flags of some of the countries participating in the Anaconda-16 military exercise, during the opening ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 6, 2016. Poland and some NATO members are launching their biggest ever exercise, involving some 31,000 troops, as central and eastern European nations are seeking strong security guarantees among concerns […]

TORUN, Poland (AP) – Some 2,000 NATO troops from the U.S., Britain and Poland are conducting an airborne operation as part of the biggest exercise performed in Poland since the 1989 end of communism and amid concerns over Russia.

The troops are to parachute Tuesday near the central city of Torun, where they are to secure a bridge on the Vistula River, as part of Polish-led exercise that involves some 31,000 troops.

Russia considers NATO troops’ presence close to its border as a security threat. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday in Moscow that the military exercise in Poland “does not contribute to the atmosphere of trust and security on the continent.”

The Polish command of the exercise says the operation is transparent and international observers have been invited.

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