JUDY WOODRUFF: This week, Russia has been conducting a large-scale military exercise within the territory of one of its neighbors, Belarus, a former Soviet republic.
Russian units are also war-gaming near the borders of three Baltic NATO member states which were also once part of the Soviet Union.
Moscow says that this is a defensive exercise, but others see a more ominous purpose.
Nick Schifrin has our report.
NICK SCHIFRIN: On day two of the imagined war between NATO and Russia, the cacophony of combat crescendoed.
Russia’s military exercise is called Zapad, or West, and it began with the military responding to a hypothetical threat …read more