The defense Ministry responded to the statements of Germany about the exercises “West-2017”
The defense Ministry responded to the statements by the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen about the number of military in joint exercises of Russia and Belarus “West-2017”. The statement of the official representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov enrolled in RBC.
“I think it is obvious that we are witnessing yet another demonstration of Russia’s power and capabilities,” said Leyen at the summit of defense Ministers in Estonia.
Leyen recalled that any country conducting exercises with the participation of more than 13 thousand military, according to the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the rule needs to invite observers.
The defense Ministry responded that “surprised” statements Leyen, “publicly operating taken from the ceiling figures about the alleged 100 thousand Russian soldiers”, attracted for the doctrine “the West-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. He stressed that “details of doctrine” was given to Germany, as well as “directly to the military attache at the German Embassy in Moscow.”
Joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus “West-2017” will be held from 14 to 20 September.
Exercises of this kind are held in Moscow and Minsk on a regular basis. This year they will participate to 13 thousand.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has linked exercise to prepare for war with the West. The commander of us forces, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges in Europe called the exercise a “Trojan horse”. He noted that they raised concerns of the countries in the Alliance.