Putin watches as Russia intensifies war games that have rattled West

Putin watches as Russia intensifies war games that have rattled WestBy Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin observed Russia’s biggest war games in years on Monday, watching as his forces successfully repelled an imaginary enemy and launched a tank-led counter offensive, part of an exercise that has rattled the West. NATO officials say they are monitoring the “Zapad-2017″ (“West-2017″) war games with “calm and confidence”, but many are unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West. Russia says the exercise is rehearsing a purely defensive scenario.



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