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US Infuriates Russia by Sending Tanks Within Miles of Border

The joint-military action, Exercise Noble Partner, was designed to bring the Georgian military closer to NATO

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    A U.S. M1A2 Abrams tank fires during joint military exercises at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. About 1,300 U.S., British and Georgian troops conducted joint exercises aimed at training the former Soviet republic's military for participation in the NATO Response Force.

    A military exercise in Eastern Europe that involves hundreds of American, British and Georgian troops has led to increased tensions between the West and Russia, NBC News reported.

    The joint-military action, Exercise Noble Partner, was designed to bring the Georgian military closer to NATO. The drill comes at a time of growing tension between the Western alliance and the Kremlin.

    The Vaziani Training Area where the drills took place is just 45 miles from the Russian border, infuriating Moscow.

    "We regard this ongoing 'exploration' of Georgia's territory by NATO forces as a provocative step aimed at escalating the military and political situation in the South Caucasus," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.