NATO Drills in Latvia Really ‘Just Part of Blatant Anti-Russian Propaganda War’

Monday, April 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

NATO kicked off its ‘Summer Shield’ exercises in Latvia Monday, with 11 alliance members plus Sweden to drill until the end of the month. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, military observer Boris Podoprigora suggested that even more significant than their military component was the drills’ role in support of Western powers’ propaganda war against Russia.

The Summer Shield drills, involving over 1,200 troops from the Baltic states, the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and NATO partner Sweden, will run from Monday until April 30th at the Adazi training area just outside the Latvian capital of Riga.

According to organizers, the ambitious exercises include training in artillery support, intelligence gathering, engineering, air defense, anti-tank defense, and the use of measures against weapons of mass destruction.

Summer Shield has been run annually in Latvia since 2004, the same year that the country joined the NATO alliance. Troops from other NATO countries have been participating in the exercises since 2014, when relations between Russia and Western countries deteriorated over the instability in Ukraine. Over 1,300 troops took part in last year’s drills, with the US and its allies gradually building up their presence across Russia’s borders with troops and heavy military equipment.

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