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More U.S. Marines to train in Norway, closer to Russia

2018-08-16 17:36
"Noble Partner 2018", the fourth of its kind NATO-led military exercise on Georgian territory, has come to an end on Wednesday (August 15). The large scale exercises, which took place in and round the Vaziani military base outside the capital Tbilisi, involved of 1,300 Georgian troops, 1,170 U.S. troops, and a combined 500 from 11 other countries. In addition to Georgia, non-NATO participants included Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan, all of which were formerly part of the Soviet Union. The exercises took place over the first two weeks of August, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Georgian-Russian war. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Georgia's Defence Minister Levan Izoria reiterated that Georgia wants to return the territories recognized as Georgia, namely the breakaway states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, only by peaceful means. Russia held its own military exercises on the territory of Abkhazia at the same time.