President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has relieved the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, giving him assurances that Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017”, which will take place in September 2017, will not turn to the preparation of the invasion of Russia to Ukraine through Belarus.
photo: Natalia Gubernatorova
According to Poroshenko, he has “no doubt exceptionally good intentions of Belarus”. However, the Ukrainian leader is concerned that the Minsk is in allied relations with Moscow, to which the Ukrainian authorities have no credibility absolutely not, according to “112 Ukraine”.
Poroshenko also stressed that because “emanating from Russia’s threat” to him it was extremely important to Lukashenka solid assurances that the military manoeuvres of Belarus and Russia “West-2017” near the Ukrainian border “will not turn to the preparation of Russia’s springboard for the invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian land, on the Belarusian territory”.
Earlier, Lukashenko has invited the international organizations and NATO observers, if desired, to control joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus. At the same time Lukashenka emphasized that nothing and no one to hide is not going to, and if “NATO members want to attend our teachings, you are welcome.” “Especially since I’m such information and signals from them are already receiving,” — said the Belarusian head of state.