MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Polish president, the NATO drills in Poland are aimed at demonstrating primarily to Russia the country's and alliance's strength and readiness to protect the borders.
"The exercises don't threaten anyone, and are strictly defensive," Duda said.
"Russia is our neighbor and a difficult partner, which shows in recent years very strong imperial ambitions. Unfortunately, we have seen it in Ukraine, in Crimea <…> In the situation of such provocative actions only the demonstration of strength and unity and the collective defense ability will enable a true partnership dialogue," Duda said.
Anaconda 2016, one of the largest military drills held in Poland over 25 years, began on June 6 and will last until June 17. It involves troops from over 20 NATO member states, bringing together some 31,000 servicemen, 100 aircraft, 12 vessels and 3,000 vehicles.