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    Poland Demands That Georgia Explain Its Refusal to Take Part in NATO Drills

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    Poland demands explanation from Georgia on Tbilisi's refusal to join the scheduled NATO Anaconda 2016 military exercises, Polish media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, media reports, citing the Georgian Defense Ministry, suggested that Tbilisi did not send its troops to the NATO drills in Poland, as some of the Georgian servicemen had been diagnosed with chickenpox. According to the reports, only head of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces Vakhtang Kapanadze was expected to arrive at the drills in Poland.

    According to the Polish Press Agency, Warsaw awaits an official statement on Georgia's decision.

    Anaconda 2016, one of the greatest military drills held in Poland over 25 years, began on Monday. It involves troops from over 20 NATO member states, bringing together some 31,000 servicemen, 100 aircraft, 12 vessels and 3,000 vehicles.

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