Exercises “West-2017” in Germany voiced the real strength of the Russian army

The Germans pointed to the discrepancy between the scenario and the number of participating troops

The Russian military. Photo: facebook.com/Минобороны Russia

Russia significantly underestimated the number of troops that will take part in doctrines “the West-2017” and in fact they will be 10 times more. This writes the correspondent of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Lorentz Chemiker, referring to the statement of the Minister of defence of Germany, reports Inopressa.

He recalled that Russia has declared the exercises “only” 12.7 thousand soldiers and about 250 tanks, 200 artillery pieces, 10 military ships. With regard to the exercise scenario, the Russian military plans to practice resistance to “separatists”, which is supported by two conventional neighboring States took part and some of the country.

“The number of soldiers – 12,7 thousand in the German defense Ministry believes the dummy that is specified in order to allow Russia to circumvent its obligations, which it is obliged to follow as an OSCE member. The real number of Russian troops on the exercise by the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen estimates more than 100 thousand”, – writes Chemiker.


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The journalist noted that last year’s exercises “Caucasus” Russia has underestimated the number of military to 12.5 thousand, but in the end they took part more than 120 thousand people.

“Doubts exist regarding the scenario of the maneuvers. For example, no separatists, which could occupy part of the territory of Russia or Belarus, there is, but if it was, then to defeat them, Minsk and Moscow would have required soldiers to three orders of magnitude smaller. Besides, during doctrines “the West” troops work out the interaction of all branches of the Armed forces in the normal and combined battle, until the (fictional) use of tactical nuclear weapons,” the article says.

We will remind, Russian-Belarusian military exercises began today and will last until September 20. What is the real threat from Russia and what to expect – read here.

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