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    Baltics Unmoved by Russia’s War Games Next Door

    They’re playing it cool. Much of the world might be wary of the Kremlin’s upcoming war games in Belarus and western Russia, but ordinary citizens in the Baltic region seem blissfully unconcerned. Critics have long warned that Moscow could use the massive exercise — which begins Thursday — to grab more land, as it did in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. But locals say Brussels and Washington are more worried than anyone on the ground in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania. Tensions may be high, but few see war on the horizon.

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