The official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov
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MOSCOW, September 9. /TASS/. The statement of the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen about raising 100 thousand soldiers to the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” were a surprise to the defense Ministry, said the official representative of the Russian defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov.