'We strengthened our presence in the eastern region of the NATO, including the international battle groups deployed in the Baltic countries. This presence is the signal that the alliance is only to defend the allies', Vinnikov claimed talking about the possibility of holding Russian-Belarusian 'West-2017' military drills as training for the invasion of the Baltic countries.
'Any attack against any country of Baltic or any other ally will be resisted because it is the issue of the moderation. At the moment we do not see any threat for our allies', he added.
'According to our estimation, dozens of thousands of the Russian soldiers took part in the 'West-2017' military drills and it significantly surpasses the limit established by the Vienna document. Russia could use this document to establish more trust for itself, inviting the international observers. But Russia decided not to do this', Vinnikov claimed.
At the same time, he specified that the alliance does not aim to confront with Russia.
'However, we increased our defense capabilities for the moderation in the eastern part of our alliance in the Baltic countries and Poland. It is the biggest increase since the 'Cold War'. But we do not seek the new 'Cold War'; we seek the peace and cannot close our eyes towards the fact that Russia violates the rules', Vinnikov emphasized.