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Published in Stream:
Russia Update: March 9, 2015
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
NATO and Russia Continue To Hold Dueling Military Drills
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NATO and Russia continue to have dueling drills in parts of Eastern Europe. While the NATO drills were pre-scheduled and pre-announced, many of the Russians drills have been described by the Russian media as "surprise" exercises.

Russian ships and aircraft have reportedly tailed NATO ships drilling in the Black Sea. RFE/RL reports that this has been confirmed by a U.S. naval officer:

A U.S. naval officer says Russian military vessels and aircraft were spotted in the Black Sea near an area where NATO plans to hold a military exercise.

Rear Admiral Brad Williamson said the Russian Navy acted in line with international rules.

"They have their plans, we have ours," Williamson said, without disclosing further details.

Meanwhile, more than 120 pieces of American equipment have been deployed in Latvia, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley fighting vehicles. UA Today reports:

The military equipment has been supplied as part of the NATO Atlantic Resolve training programme. The 1st Brigage of the 3rd US Infantry Division arrived in Latvia on March 9 to replace the 2nd US Cavalry Regiment which had previously been stationed in Latvia. The infantry troops will stay in the country for another three months until the next rotation. 

Meanwhile, Spain is the NATO country which has been rotated into the air patrolling mission over the Baltics. Yesterday  Spanish Eurofighters flew over 15 Estonian towns (video) in what has been described as an "honorific flight," making news in three countries: Estonia, Spain... and Russia.

-- James Miller