Bulgaria participates in NATO military exercise in Ukraine

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 14.9.2017 13:00

Bulgaria is participating in NATO's Rapid Trident 2017 international military exercise which began on September 7 and runs until 23 September in Ukraine.

The NATO Rapid Trident 2017 drills are attended by 2,500 soldiers from Ukraine, the US, Canada, Bulgaria, Estonia, Italy, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The main goal of the exercise is to align operational procedures to achieve greater interoperability of units in both peacekeeping and stabilisation missions. The Rapid Trident 2017 exercise has nothing to do with the Russian Zapad 2017 exercise which officially starts on 14 September. The Alliance and its partners have stated that Rapid Trident is not an act aimed against Russian aggression. The Zapad 2017 Russia-Belarus exercises, however, still raise fears from the countries on the eastern wing of the Alliance who fear the consequences of the exercise itself and therefore, in response to Russian maneuvers at the eastern border of the Alliance, NATO has strengthened its presence in the Baltics.

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