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    US Army soldiers representing units participating in the the Anaconda-16 military exercise, attend the opening ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 6, 2016.

    NATO Drills in Poland Not Contributing to Atmosphere of Trust - Kremlin

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    NATO members and partners' military exercises in Poland, dubbed Anakonda 2016, do not contribute to the atmosphere of trust and security, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The exercises are held just weeks before NATO summit in Warsaw.

    "In any case, the military drills, which are based on legends about a quite unambiguous indication in an understandable way, definitely, do not contribute to the atmosphere of trust and security," Peskov told journalists.

    About 31,000 troops from NATO states as well as five partners of the bloc (Macedonia, Finland, Georgia, Sweden and Ukraine) will participate in the Polish-led drills that kicked off earlier in the day and will last until June 17. The largest contingent was sent by the United States – about 14,000 soldiers.

    Around 3,000 vehicles, 105 aircraft and 12 naval vessels will also be involved in the maneuver.

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