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Russian-Speaking Extras at NATO Drills Aimed to Practice 'Possible Hostilities'

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The recruitment of Russian-speaking extras for an upcoming NATO exercise in Germany indicates that the drills are practicing a possible military engagement with Russia, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee, told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the German company Optronic HR confirmed recruiting Russian speakers for upcoming NATO drills involving US troops. A US army representative then told Sputnik the war games were not rehearsals for specific combat scenarios but were designed to train troops to deal with civilians from different countries while executing various assignments.

"It is, in fact, evident that [the exercise] practices possible hostilities against Russia as a potential enemy," Slutsky said.

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The job ads offered Russian speaking extras a daily 88-120 euros ($94-$129) for pretending to be farmers, shop owners and other improvised local residents in fictitious villages that were set up at the Hohenfels training grounds for upcoming NATO drills due to take place on April 28-May 15.

The relevant job ad is still up on the Optronic HR website us-statisten.de and states that the extras will represent the local population of a crisis-hit region in order for NATO troops to prepare for missions abroad. The extras are expected to have a basic knowledge of English, German, Polish or Czech aside from Russian. They will wear infrared detectors to determine if they would have been hit by soldiers on battlefield.

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