Russia stated that the joint Belarusian-Russian military exercises “Zapad-2017” were involved 12700 soldiers. However, in the United States believe that this figure is three times more.
Commander of the US army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said that in the large-scale Russian-Belarusian military exercise “Zapad-2017” involved more than 40,000 soldiers, reports “Voice of America”.
According to American General, Moscow broke military exercises in several small maneuvers to circumvent the rules of international rules. Under the rules, foreign observers are permitted to conduct inspections of military exercises involving more than 13,000 troops.
Recall that a large-scale Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2017” took place from 14 to 20 September. They sparked a wave of criticism from neighboring countries, in particular the leadership of Poland and the Baltic countries. Officially, the exercise was attended by 12700 troops and Russia has stated that they were defensive in nature.