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Sounds like invasion of UKRAINE is planned

Amid deeply sour relations with the U.S. and Europe, Russian newscasts Saturday also showed President Dmitry Medvedev announcing plans for a major month long military exercise beginning Monday, September 22, 2008

The Defense Ministry said the exercise would be conducted jointly with the Defense Ministry of Belarus, a small ally sandwiched between Russia and NATO member Poland. Its goal was to prepare Russia's armed forces "for the liquidation of armed conflicts and the provision of strategic stability."

A Defense Ministry announcement suggested the exercise would focus on practice for officers and military planners, and it was unclear whether it would involve much movement of military forces themselves.

But the televised remarks appeared aimed as a message to both Russian citizens and the West that Russia is prepared to fight if necessary.

The Kremlin has bitterly opposed U.S. plans for a missile shield in Central Europe and the prospect of NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, whose pro-Western leaders have sought to bring their ex-Soviet republics into the Western alliance.

Medvedev on Friday accused NATO of provoking the war in Georgia, saying that by helping modernize the Georgian military, the U.S. and other Western nations encouraged its leadership to use force in South Ossetia.

He also sneered at U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's accusations that Russia was sliding into irrelevance, saying Moscow would set its own course without isolating itself behind a new Iron Curtain.