Rekindled train wagon debate calls into question planned size for Zapad 2017

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė told journalists in Riga earlier this month (February 2017), “We are worried about the Zapad 2017 exercise, during which concentrations of extremely large and aggressive forces will demonstrate [Russian] preparations for war with the West”.
Zapad 2013 Russian military 'lands' on the shores of Kaliningrad
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