In Sweden the largest start for more than 20 years of military exercises Aurora-17. It is reported by Swedish radio.
In the maneuvers will take part about 20 thousand soldiers, including some NATO countries (Sweden is not a member of the Alliance), including the United States. The exercises will be held from 11 to 29 September 2017.
Some pacifist organizations have criticized maneuvers for what they supposedly bring neutral Sweden with NATO and strengthen military tensions in the Baltic.
However, the military noted that Aurora-17 – this is not the Alliance, and the Swedish army; the participation in them of foreign forces will allow Sweden to fulfill the ability to make such divisions and to promote them.
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On 10 September 2017, the British defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that the purpose of large-scale military exercises of Russia and Belarus, the West-2017 – to provoke NATO and to test his defenses.