Lavrov Charges NATO relatively aggressive maneuvers “West-2017” turned out to be fake

All charges NATO regarding the aggressive nature of the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” turned out to be fake, at the same time, the Alliance did not withdraw their troops from the Baltic States. On Monday said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with students of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.

Sergei Lavrov. Photo: Reuters

“Now they (NATO) placed troops in Eastern Europe under the pretext of the Russian threat, came up that the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” are preparing aggression against the Baltic States that Russia wants to conquer Belarus, the Minister said. — None of this, of course, not realized. Everything was just lime. However, those contingents are pulled to neutralize the threat of the exercise “West-2017″, there still remain” .

The Russian foreign Minister added that the Eurasian, Euro-Atlantic security should be a “security from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and all members should be equal.” “Equality suggests that there should not be such that someone provides clear legal guarantees, but someone else should be satisfied with promises to fulfill, no one is going”, — concluded Lavrov.

Joint exercises of the Armed forces of Belarus and Russia “West-2017” was held from 14 to 20 September. The maneuvers took place at six landfills and two areas in Belarus and three sites in Russia. They were involved in almost 13 thousand soldiers and about 70 aircraft and helicopters, and 680 pieces of equipment, including about 250 tanks, 200 guns, rocket systems of volley fire and mortars. The exercises were observed by representatives of seven countries, including NATO countries.

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