NATO will hold a monitoring of military exercises «West-2017», which will be held near the Ukrainian border with the participation of military of the Russian Federation and Belarus. The Secretary General of the Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview to TV channel «112 Ukraine».
«We will observe the exercise «Zapad-2017″. All countries have the right to train its armed forces, but for us it is important that it was predictable and in accordance with international obligations, in particular, signed at Vienna documents. This agreement, which, in particular, Russia has agreed on a transparent monitoring of large-scale military exercises», – said the Secretary General.
Stoltenberg urged Russia to contribute to «respect the transparency and predictability of military exercises».
Thus according to him, «NATO now sees no direct military threat to either one of the member countries of the Alliance.»
Exercises «West-2017» on the territory of Belarus is scheduled for September of this year. They will join more than 100 thousand military. It will be the largest Russian military exercises since 2013.
20 March, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the teachings should be available for monitoring by international organizations, including NATO.
According to the Minister of defence of Estonia Margus tsahkna, Russia can use the «West-2017» to place thousands of soldiers in Belarus as a warning to NATO.
On 16 June, the commander of the US army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said that during the exercise the troops of NATO will strengthen its presence in Eastern countries of the Alliance.
On 30 June the Minister of defence Stepan Poltorak at the meeting with Stoltenberg said that the holding «West-2017» on the border with Ukraine is a threat to the state.
NATO will monitor the Russian-Belarusian military exercises «West-2017» – Stoltenberg 11.07.2017