Exercise in Georgia attended by both NATO and post-Soviet states' forces

The annual international military exercise Agile Spirit 2017, launched on Sunday 3 September, is attended by both the US and NATO countries, as well as countries of Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics and aims to strengthen the interoperability of the participating states' armies through the training of various defensive and offensive operations.

Alongside the US, the exercise is attended by Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, and Latvia. It includes 1,500 soldiers and aims to improve the command and effectiveness of multinational units at battalion and brigade levels. Russia considers this exercise to be a provocation, the same opinion is also shared by some military experts. Georgia is one of the states interested in joining NATO, it even offered the Alliance a possibility of building a naval base in the Black Sea. More multinational military manoeuvres also occurred in the Czech Republic from 23 August to 9 September, with the Ample Strike exercise taking place and focusing primarily on increasing the level of expertise in direct aviation support, including the training of forward air controllers. The exercise included, among other things, the deployment of US Air Force B-1B Lancer and the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers.

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