"Although, Russian's expansionist apprehensions have been neutralized by Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov, who confirmed that the joint military exercise will be defensive by nature but Western nations have been warned by United States commanders that the Zapad exercise" is a rehearsal to invade Ukraine and many European countries with an aim to share a common border with between Europe and Russia.
Still, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drills continue to take place on Russia's doorstep, including a large-scale Black Sea exercise in Ukraine in July, which involved British and Turkish military vessels. However, as per the disclosure by Russia's Deputy Defense Minister, Lt. Gen. Alexander Fomin, the drills will involve 5,500 Russian and 7,200 Belarusian troops, about 70 aircraft, 250 tanks and 200 artillery systems and 10 navy ships.
In a statement announcing the start of the exercises Russia's defence ministry insisted the manoeuvres are "of a strictly defensive nature and are not directed against any other state or group of countries".
Russia holds large-scale exercises are held every four years - since 1999 - and rotate through four operational strategic commands of the Russian Armed Forces (Western, Eastern, Caucus and Central).
Back at the Pentagon, US Commanders have successfully convinced Present Donald Trump for a promise of additional deployment troops to the overseas and budgetary raise in military allocations.
Code-named Zapad or "West", NATO officials say the drills will simulate a conflict with the US -led alliance meant to show Russia's ability to mass large numbers of troops at very short notice in the event of a conflict.
Belarus has formally notified the OSCE that Zapad will be held on Belarusian territory from September 14-20.
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Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Thursday that Russia had been completely open and transparent about its military's involvement in the exercises.
ZAPAD 2017 has also sparked concerns among NATO's easternmost members that Russian forces may stay in the area following the conclusion of the exercise.
And NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has complained that Russian Federation is not giving as much access to the exercise for its monitors as it has claimed.
Russia's neighbors have gotten the message, and some fear the Russians may have another, more nefarious goal in mind with this year's Zapad (Russian for "West"). It also serves to validate aspects of the Ukraine's military training program.
They are there to emphasise Nato's determination to defend its allies - and Russia's closest Western neighbours. With Russian troops already based in Belarus, some analysts and opposition figures in the country have suggested the Kremlin might seize the opportunity to expand its armed presence there.
However, Russia has stressed that only 12,700 troops are taking part in the war games, which falls under the 13,000 threshold for mandatory monitoring under the Vienna agreement.