Vladimir Putin has been steadily working to increase the figurative footprint of his Russian empire over the course of his reign.
In some cases, such as with The Ukraine, it appears as though the maniacal leader has also put some effort into a physical broadening of his nation’s holdings as well, but those sort of maneuver have been shrouded in semantics and conjecture to say the least.
While President Trump has urged Americans to treat Putin with respect, rightfully recognizing the untold power of a U.S. / Russia allegiance on the anti-terror front, there will always be the nagging possibility that Putin is up to no good. His nefarious past and the corruption that surrounds him will cast a pall of concern over every international maneuver he commits himself to.
Now, new reports are emerging from within the Kremlin showing that Putin’s military had practiced a few oddball moves during their drills, one of which has the entire globe raising an eyebrow.
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“The terrifying war drills were carried out in September and featured troops, artillery, tanks, missile attacks and naval and air force raids.
“Details of the Vladimir Putin’s so-called ‘Zapad’ (West) exercises were revealed by analysts from two leading intelligence agencies, Bild reported. They did not specify the methods used to collect the intel.
“At the time, Putin claimed the exercises were for anti-terror purposes and were purely defensive in nature.
“However, the paper reported that the drills were a dry-run for a ‘shock campaign’ against Western European NATO countries.
“This included first overrunning the Sulwalki Gap – a 60 mile stretch of NATO land that connects the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad with its ally Belarus.”
This mock World War III scenario had been kept secret by Russian forces since its execution back in September, leading many to fear the true purpose behind the overwhelming exercise.
Despite The Donald’s hopes for a more civil relationship between the United States and Putin’s Russia, the Kremlin hasn’t exactly bolstered any sort of confidence between the two nations over the last year. When Russian troops were fingered for possible complicity in a Syrian chemical attack, Russia diverted those accusations with threats against the U.S. should they continue to militarily punish the Syrian army for their wrongdoing.
Furthermore, and even more shockingly, Russia has seemingly come to the side of North Korea tyrant Kim Jong Un in the quarrel between himself and President Trump – a conflict that will almost certainly beget physical conflict in the coming months.