Nato accuses Russia of blocking observation of massive war game, Guardian

Kremlin ‘failing in its obligations’ by saying only three experts can attend as 100,000 troops mobilise on EU’s eastern border…

Under Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe rules in the Vienna document, nations conducting exercises involving more than 13,000 troops must notify other countries in advance and be open to observers.

Russia and Belarus claim that the Zapad (“west”) exercises, which will be held in Belarus and parts of western Russia between 14 and 20 September, will involve about 12,700 troops.

Nato, however, believes many more troops will be involved. The prime minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, who joined Stoltenberg at the base in Tapa, about 75 miles (120km) from the Russian border, confirmed that his government believed about 100,000 Russian soldiers would be mobilised during the exercise. Läs artikel