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Russia is currently mixing threatening language designed to intimidate the West with another, contradictory message: that those who fear a Russian military threat are 'hysterical' and hankering for the Cold War, writes Kier Giles.

In Russia and neighbouring Belarus, preparations are underway for Zapad - a major military exercise to be held in September. The two countries' Western neighbours are worried. Zapad is Russian for 'West', and of all the different major exercises in the Russian military calendar, it causes the most excitement and concern because it is the one that most closely resembles practice for invading those neighbours.

113 Service personnel have been granted state honours, and 50 civilians have also been honoured either for work in the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of UK Defence. They are listed in full on the next page

Secretary of State - Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Minister of State - Rt Hon Earl Howe

Minister of State - Mark Lancaster TD MP

Minister for Defence Procurement - Harriet Baldwin MP

Minister for People and Veterans - Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

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