The Russian foreign Ministry responded to the accusations NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who said that the sudden check in the Russian Armed forces lead to the undermining of stability”. The Ministry stressed that Moscow is in advance informed the military attaché about the upcoming trainings.
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The head of the European cooperation Department of Russian foreign Ministry Andrey Kelin commented on the statement of NATO Secretary General. According to him, the Russian side has informed NATO about the sudden teachings and did not violate any documents, reports RIA Novosti.
“Another thing is that this drill is not provided in the documents relating to confidence-building measures and arms control. Well, this is actually a new form and nothing more. Violations of existing instruments there are no absolutely no,” — said Kaelin.
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticized the sudden checking of the Russian army, which was initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Its purpose is to assess the combat and mobilization readiness of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation. According to Stoltenberg, these exercises “undermine transparency and predictability.”
The NATO Secretary General also drew attention that the surprise inspections are used to inform about the conduct of the exercise the other direction. “One of the problems of these sudden exercise is that we can not fulfill the agreement, primarily the Vienna document, to inform the other side,” he explained.
The Deputy Minister of defense Anatoly Antonov told journalists that Russia had voluntarily notified all States parties of the Vienna document 2011 on a sudden check Armed forces, held from 14 to 22 June. It comes amid several major NATO exercises – Anakonda-2016 in Poland and Saber Strike in Estonia.
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