Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin in an interview with the German broadcasting company Deutsche Welle stated that in the title of a joint Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017,” no political overtones. Consequently, the Baltic States and Eastern Europe can sleep peacefully.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
“Of course. And I mean it,” – said Fomin in response to a reporter’s question about whether the people of Eastern Europe to sleep in peace.
“The West” should not be taken in the broad political sense as a geographical term, which includes countries of the West, the European Union or NATO,” – said Fomin.
Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2017” will be held 14-20 September on the territory of Belarus, as well as three Russian sites. In the maneuvers will take part about 12 thousand military personnel.