Until 30 September troops of the Russian Federation, which will participate in military exercises «West-2017» in Belarus, will return to its territory, said the chief of staff of the armed forces of Belarus Oleg Belokonev during a briefing on 29 August, which was broadcast on the channel «radio Svaboda» in YouTube.
«Pay attention to the fact that at the end of the exercise, in the period up to 30 September, the personnel, armament, military and special equipment of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus will return to places of permanent deployment. And troops of the Russian Federation will return to its territory. I now wonder: what will say next? For those who can not calm down, there is a sense of a purpose to find there,» said he.
Belokonev added that the upcoming exercises are «purely defensive in nature.»
«Their conduct does not bear any threat for the European community as a whole, nor for neighboring countries in particular. The exercises will help in practice to improve the mechanism for joint use of defence infrastructure in the interests of ensuring military security of the Union state and to create conditions for a more effective national security, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Belarus», – said the chief of staff.
He added that he had read in the media «different umoizmyshleniyami so-called military analysts and experts» on the upcoming trainings.
«In the above interpretations can be traced to the conclusion that we are supposedly going to start some kind of large-scale war with everyone who surrounds us, and Russia on the territory of the Republic of Belarus creates thousands of offensive grouping. The emphasis, of course, biased, but absolutely not serious. And further more. A strong argument to support this conclusion, in their opinion, speaking openly published on the state order of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation in 2017, the volume of military traffic on the territory of the Republic of Belarus in the amount of 4 thousand 162 of the carriage. As a military man, explain that 4 thousand cars is about 1.5 infantry division. Would like to see such a military leader who dared to commit aggression and occupation of such forces. Obviously, he would have entered into the Guinness Book of records, though not as a military but as a paranoid and crazy adventurer,» said Belokonev.
Exercises «West-2017» will be held in Belarus from 14 to 20 September. Russian soldiers began to arrive in the country on July 24.
Their concern about their conduct has already expressed the country’s European Union and NATO.
Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov does not exclude that under the guise of exercises can place a new invasion of Russian troops.
The Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak believes that the exercises can serve as a cover for deploying strike groups of the Russian Federation.
According to the foreign Ministry, the exercises will be attracted to 12.7 thousand.
The chief of the General staff of the armed forces of Belarus about the exercises «West-2017»: Until 30 September troops of the Russian Federation will return to its territory 29.08.2017