The speaker of the General staff of the Armed forces of Ukraine Vladislav Voloshin expressed concern about the upcoming exercises in Russia and Belarus “West-2017”. According to him, during the maneuvers of the Russian army can build a “corridor” in the Kaliningrad region, simultaneously capturing part of the territory of Poland and Lithuania.
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Voloshin said the TV channel “espresso” that the Russian-Belarusian exercises can result in the attempt to break the fighters in the direction of Kaliningrad region
“There is Suvalki corridor that Belarus and the Russian Kaliningrad oblast divides. This is quite a small distance, it is Poland and Lithuania. And spend in this corridor such an operation with “itemname” is quite simple. As the events in Crimea and the Donbass”, — said the speaker of the General staff of the armed forces.
Joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises “West-2017”, which will be held from 14 to 20 September at the sites of the Republic of Belarus and in the Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Pskov regions of Russia, become the focus of Ukrainian and Baltic politicians.
The Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said that Kyiv has included measures in the event of “invasion” of the Russian army, and a former Governor of the Odessa region Mikhail Saakashvili made a “sensational” statement that Moscow is preparing to invade Belarus in the course of manoeuvres. Some “experts” even suggested that the exercises “West-2017” was allegedly preparing “a springboard for the invasion” and “occupation” of Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine.