"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.
Lithuania's Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said the drills risk triggering an accidental conflict or could allow Moscow to leave troops in neighbouring Belarus.
"We can't be totally calm". There is a large foreign army massed next to Lithuanian territory, ' he told Reuters this week.
Ukraine has already increased its security alert level out of fear that the exercise will be used as a Trojan horse for another Russian invasion.
The Kremlin firmly rejects any such plans.
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Russian officials have said that only 13,000 troops will participate but western observers have said that as many as 100,000 Russian and Belorussian forces could be involved. "History teaches us that we need to see and watch and prepare for the activities of Russian Federation", she added.
"There are many doubts and fears that, because of the Russian federation's previous actions, not all forces and equipment will be removed [from Belarus] after the exercise", he told reporters in Warsaw on Wednesday.
According to Estonian Ministry of Defence spokesperson Andres Sang, Russia has made a decision to introduce the exercise to defense attachés accredited Moscow at a training rage in Luga on September 17-18; Estonia's defense attaché will also be participating in this event.
"It is all smoke and mirrors", the official said, adding the Soviet-era Zapad exercises that were revived in 1999 had included simulated nuclear strikes on Europe.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials say they have been watching Russia's preparations for months, including the use of hundreds of rail cars to carry tanks and other heavy equipment into Belarus. This was stated by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite.
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"It is a provocative place, and a provocative size, but I think we all understand that militaries are going to conduct military exercises", Kurt Volker, the USA envoy on the Ukraine conflict told BBC Radio on Thursday.
During Zapad, NATO is taking a low-key approach by running few exercises, including an annual sniper exercise in Lithuania.
"The security situation has taken a turn for the worse", Swedish armed forces chief Michael Biden said during the three-week exercise.
Western governments have responded to Russia's 2014 seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine with several waves of economic and other sanctions targeting Moscow.
"We have seen before that Russian Federation has used big military exercises as a disguise or a precursor for aggressive military actions against their neighbours", Stoltenberg said.
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