The Russian defense Ministry surprised by the statement of the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen about the threat to Europe due to military manoeuvres of Russia and Belarus “West-2017”, which allegedly involved 100 thousand Russian soldiers. An official denial to this effect was made on Saturday, September 9, the representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov.
“We are surprised by the statements of the defence Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen publicly operating taken from the ceiling figures about the alleged 100 thousand Russian troops involved in the exercise “Zapad-2017” and lurking in this regard, threats to Europe. The German side was timely and has all the detailed information about the plan, the defensive nature and the real numbers involved in the exercises “West-2017″ Russian troops”, – said Konashenkov the head of the German military.
Before it became known that the Moldovan soldiers arrived at the military maneuvers of the North Atlantic Alliance to Ukraine, despite the official prohibition to take part in NATO exercises in the Square of the President of Moldova Igor Dodon. The government’s decision about sending Moldovan military in Ukraine he called “usurpation of power”.