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    Ukrainian folk dancers perform for Ukrainian and US servicemen in a ceremony for joint-drill exercises between the two countries in Yavoriv polygon, Lviv district, western Ukraine on July 20, 2015

    US Will Be Disappointed by Consequences of Military Drills in Ukraine

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    Washington and its allies use military maneuvers to force Russia to soften its position on the Ukrainian crisis, but they will be disappointed and it is likely they will receive a similar response from Moscow, says the researcher for China’s International Research (CIIS).

    Military exercises in the framework of NATO operations Rapid Trident-2015 in the Western Ukraine, as well as the policy of sanctions against Moscow is a political instrument of putting pressure on Russia, says an employee of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) Xia Yishan, reports Global Times of China.

    “In the West it is believed that the joint exercises will force Kremlin to soften its position towards the Ukrainian crisis. However, Washington and its allies will be disappointed,” says the researcher.

    Yishan notes that Moscow has already warned the alliance about the potential “explosive consequences” of the US military activity in Ukraine.

    If NATO is to continue expanding scale of their operations, it is likely that Russia would be forced to respond similarly to constraining measures.

    It is clear that the exercise Rapid Trident-2015 will only lead to a result which diametrically opposes the stated goals of NATO, adds the analyst. Military activity in the region will only increase; therefore, the probability of a direct clash will be higher than ever.

    The researcher is sure that it is impossible to achieve security and stability in Eastern Europe, which is gradually becoming a hot spot, by conducting a multinational military exercises. Moreover, these maneuvers on part of the western alliance would undermine the credibility of NATO countries in the eyes of Moscow.

    Nevertheless, the expert concludes by saying that despite the increasing military activity, the key players of the alliance do not see war as the most wanted option.

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