Annual military exercises Agile Spirit 2017 kicked off in Akhaltsikhe, just outside Tbilisi on Sunday, with the participation of troops from Georgia, the USA, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Ukraine and Armenia. Lieutenant Colonel of the Marine Corps Scott Stephan said, «We have the US Army and the US Marine Corps here. We also have Marine Corps active and reserve components, who had been activated... Еще across the country and brought together here for the exercise. But also it gives us an opportunity to bring together equipment sets.» «We mobilised tanks and artillery, light-armoured vehicles from our propositioning stocks in Norway. We were able to bring them across Europe, to exercise that component and then aggregate all the force here,» he added. The Agile Spirit drills were first held in 2011, with the participation of the US Military Corps and Georgian Armed Forces. The aim of the drills is to train and improve cooperation among the participants. The 2017 Agile Spirit military exercise is scheduled to take place from September 3 to 11.