Military drills under the name of 2016 Noble Partner military exercises are currently taking place in the Caucasus region. US, UK, Georgia troops are part of these drills.
Some 500 Georgian, 650 U.S. and 150 British troops are taking part in the drills, billed as the largest ever to be held in the Caucasus nation.
The Pentagon’s website says Noble Partner emphasizes the U.S. Army’s abilities to quickly move soldiers and equipment throughout Europe and operate together within a coalition in any potential future operation.
Russia on Friday denounced the military exercises as a “provocative move” by NATO aimed at destabilizing the Caucasus region.
Moscow accuses NATO of expanding its forces in the former Eastern Bloc in a bid to counter Russia. Georgia argues these exercises are not directed against anyone and that there is no trace of provocation.