World news:Joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus scheduled for September.
National armed forces of Latvia are ready to possible provocations during Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2017” scheduled for September of this year. This was reported in the Ministry of defense, 112 reports with reference to Delfi.
“Although the Ministry on 2 August received an invitation to submit to the teachings of two observers from Latvia, it does not mean that there would be openness and transparency exercises”, – is spoken in the message.
Ambassador: Belarus will not become a springboard for aggression against Ukraine
In the Russian-Belarusian exercises reported by up to 12 700 soldiers. However, as the newspaper notes, from previous experience we know that the officially announced numbers many times exceeded. NATO officials believe that the exercise can take up to one hundred thousand soldiers .
About possible provocations during the exercise publicly voiced commander of the National armed forces of the country Leonid Kalnins and defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.
Poltorak: Russia could use the exercise “West-2017” for aggression against Europe
Although the exercise scenario provides for the territorial defense of Russia and Belarus, the problem is the lack of transparency is also stated in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Latvia.
As reported, according to the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the military exercises of the armed forces in Belarus could be the beginning of aggression against any country in Eastern Europe.
NATO diplomats say that the exercises of the Russian armed forces in Belarus could be the next “Trojan horse.”
NATO fears the military exercises of the Russian Federation in Belarus
Recall that in September 2017 planned joint exercises of Russia and Belarus “West-2017”. NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russian-Belarusian joint exercises can be a preparation for offensive operations. Later, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko assured the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko that the exercises “West-2017” will become the preparation for the invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia does not intend to occupy Belarus under the pretext of military exercises.