Konashenkov said the Council on American General

Igor Konashenkov

The defense Ministry commented on the words of the commander of US forces in Europe Ben Hodges, said that in the upcoming Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” should be invited foreign journalists. About it reports “Interfax”.

“General Hodges, before calling us to openness, ought to start to remember whether he was invited at least once in the teaching of American troops in Europe, Russian media” — said the official representative of the military Department Igor Konashenkov.

According to him, over the last five years in Russia it is hardly possible to find an interested journalist or the media that the defense Ministry was not invited to the exercises. Konashenkov also said that since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria, Moscow organized the more than 10 media tours for foreign press, and the last strategic exercises “Caucasus-2016” was covered by 110 foreign journalists.

Russian-Belarusian military exercises “Zapad-2017” will be held from 14 to 20 September. They will be the final stage of joint training of the armed forces of the two countries this year.