Big Bad World News: Russkis exercise in Black Sea.

President Vladimir Putin ordered t he launch of large-scale military exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, projecting Russian power toward Europe and the Middle East in a move that may vex its neighbors.

Officials suggested the surprise drills were designed to test the reaction speed and combat readiness of Russian forces, but Putin’s order also seemed aimed at sending a signal to the West that Russia is an important presence in the region.

Source: Moscow Times

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