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Today will start exercises “West-2017”

Joint exercises of Belarus and the Russian Federation will last till September 20

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Thursday, September 14, in Belarus and Russia start joint military exercises “West-2017”. About it reports BelTA news Agency.

The exercises will last until September 20.

In Belarus for maneuvers involve polygons Lepel, Borisov, Losvido, Osipovichi, two polygons of the air force and air defense forces – Ruzhany and Domanovo. In Russia the exercises will be held on grounds of the Luga, Strugi-Krasnyye and in pravdinskiy, Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Pskov regions.

The subject of the exercises of the crisis and the increasing conflicts associated with an increased activity of armed groups, the international separatist and terrorist groups with foreign support.

Opponents are divided into “Northern” (Union state of Russia and Belarus) and “Western” (“coalition of the interested States”). As BelTA reports, according to this scenario began all armed conflicts in recent times.

The exercise involved about 12.7 thousand military. 370 armored vehicles, including about 140 tanks. In the maneuvers involved up to 150 pieces of artillery and jet systems of volley fire, more than 40 planes and helicopters.

Russian soldiers began to arrive in the country on July 24.

Their concern about their conduct has already expressed the countries of the European Union, NATO and Ukraine.

In August, the international intelligence community InformNapalm has recorded large-scale movement of Russian military equipment across the European borders. Experts warned that the exercises can be a stage of “occupation, and the involvement of Belarus in armed conflict”.

Secretary of the national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov does not exclude that under the guise of exercises can place a new invasion of Russian troops.

The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen said that the number of soldiers on maneuvers may reach 100 thousand people, despite the fact that Moscow claims nearly 13 thousand participants.

The defense Ministry called this information “the figures from the ceiling”.

Ukraine and NATO will send its verifiers on maneuvers. In addition, monitoring has invited Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden and Norway.

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