Deputy defense Minister of Russia Alexander Fomin explain the meaning of the name of the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises "West-2017". The word "West" in the title of the maneuvers involves only the Western part of the Russian Federation, not the European Union or NATO, said the Russian officer in an interview with the German broadcasting company Deutsche Welle; the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries can sleep peacefully, military exercises are not in jeopardy. However, the West is really afraid of them, said first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich.
"West" should not be taken in the broad political sense as a geographical term, which includes countries of the West, the European Union or NATO member. This title means the Western part of Russia and Belarus, which is located to the West of Russia", — said Fomin.
Earlier, the Deputy Minister reported that the military exercises are purely defensive and that they will allow you to master the techniques of dealing with terrorists, receiving nourishment from abroad.
"It was necessary (to explain the name of military exercises — approx.
ed.) because they use any official information, which can be interpreted from the point of view of Russophobia. In the West, this trend is set to, and it needs constantly to development. Hence, the focus-to-name", — explained the situation to the Senator.
the member of the Federation Council recalled that he himself was able to take part in the operational-strategic exercises of the army and Navy of the USSR, the "West-81", which was held from 4 to 12 September 1981. However, if such situations do not arise.
"I remember, participated in military exercises "West-81" is historically exercises, which take place on the territory of Russia, Belarus and the Kaliningrad region.
And then such attention of the Western countries they were not chained up. Today, we see their fear. The West scared. Well, at least, let them be afraid", concluded Franz Klintsevich.
Strategic exercises "West-2017" held 14-20 September on the territory of Belarus, as well as on three sites of Russia.
According to the Russian defense Ministry, they will participate to 12.7 thousand soldiers. However, a number of NATO countries and the Ukrainian authorities have previously expressed concern in view of the upcoming exercises.
In turn, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Belarus said that Minsk intends to hold military maneuvers "West-2017" secure and transparent for the entire world community. They reported that the total number involved in the military exercises of the personnel is 12.7 thousand troops, 370 armored vehicles (tanks 140, 150 artillery units and MLRS, over 40 aircraft and helicopters). About it, by the way, 2 Aug 2017 was notified to all States parties of the OSCE Vienna document 2011..
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