Some 2800 troops from Armenia, Britain, Germany, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Georgia, and the United States have begun a NATO major military exercise in Georgia.
About 1600 U.S troops an 800 Georgia soldiers are taking part in the two-week exercise, dubbed Noble Partner.
Troops from eight countries are participating, with the United States deploying a mechanized company, including several Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and M1A2 Abrams battle tanks.
U.S Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Georgia on July 31st after a stop in Estonia to meet with Baltic leaders also concerned about Russia’s intensions in their region. He will meet with U.S troops on August 1st.