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5,000 NATO, Partner Troops Stage Exercises in Romania

A U.S. soldier smears his face with camouflage paint near Gyor, 120 kilometers west of Budapest, Hungary. NATO exercises in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria officially launched on July 11. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)
A U.S. soldier smears his face with camouflage paint near Gyor, 120 kilometers west of Budapest, Hungary. NATO exercises in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria officially launched on July 11. (Csaba Krizsan/MTI via AP)

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Some 5,000 troops from NATO and partner countries are staging exercises in Romania, watched by a senior NATO official and Romania's president.

President Klaus Iohannis and NATO Military Committee head Gen. Petr Pavel, who is on a two-day visit to Romania, were welcomed with military honors ahead of Saturday's exercises at the Cincu shooting range in northwest Romania.

Troops from Romania, the U.S., Ukraine, Armenia and Croatia are participating, backed by U.S. and Romanian military aircraft.

The exercises are being led by U.S. Army Europe and began this week in Eastern Europe, involving 25,000 military personnel from more than 20 allied and partner countries. The U.S. is seeking to reassure NATO's European allies concerned about Russia since it annexed Crimea in 2014.

The exercises run until July 20.

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