On the eve of the scheduled mid-September a large-scale joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West 2017” the American and Ukrainian military will inspect from the air space of the “possible infiltration” of Russian troops bordering the former Soviet Republic. Earlier, the “MK” has repeatedly stated, the hysteria around the upcoming maneuvers sometimes just rolls over. The population of the Baltic States and Ukraine is prepared daily to a supposedly imminent landing on their territory, “little green men”.
As reported in the defense Ministry of Belarus, joint monitoring overflights of the country and the three Russian regions (including Moscow region) will be held from 4 to 8 September in the framework of the open skies Agreement.
As specified in the verification Department of the General staff of Armed forces of Ukraine, in the period from 4 to 9 September in a joint observation flight over the territories of Belarus and the Russian Federation, together with observers from the United States will participate one representative of the APU.
The action is “in accordance with the plan of verification activities under the international treaties and agreements in the field of arms control and the decision of the Advisory Commission on open skies regarding the distribution of active quotas for observation flights in 2017”.
The observation flight will be conducted in two stages. The first stage – September 6 over the territory of the Republic of Belarus, including along the Ukrainian-Belarusian border and over the Kaliningrad oblast of Russia. The second stage – September 8, 2017 on the Moscow and Leningrad regions of the Russian Federation.
The total length of the route of the observation flight will be 5000 kilometers.
“Processing of photographic materials will be conducted in accordance with the procedures of the Treaty on open skies during the period from September 11 to 15, together with representatives of USA, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia at the air base Wright-Patterson in the U.S.”, – added in Management on public relations of the Armed forces of Ukraine.