The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not exclude that the Russian advance weapon and military equipment carriers will be created in Belarus under the guise of the West-2017 drills. It will allow Russia to create new squads. The Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko reported this to Liga.net.
‘The first and the main is the creation of the military squad in the territory of Belarus is offensive. And the second is that we do not exclude that Russia will create the advance weapon and military equipment carriers under the guise of the West-2017 drills that will allow Russia to create new squads within a short time’, he said.
According to him, the planned Russian-Belarusian West-2017 drills are the attempt of pressure on NATO countries-members.
‘It is an attempt of pressure not only on Ukraine but also on NATO countries-members. Firstly, we mean the state of the Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and Poland. NATO decided to strengthen its squads in the region for this period of time. It is the first threat that can arise and the possibility of the situation disruption’, Muzhenko commented.
He added that West-2017 drills do not end in the territory of Belarus.
‘Initially, 3 000 of Russian militaries were announced and now the issue is about 5 000. I think that there will be even more militaries in reality. It will take place under the principle ‘their are not there’. Moreover, the drills are not limited to the territory of Belarus; the complex of drills is planned: the creation of the proper squad, redeployment of military units will take place also in the territory of Russia including the territory along the border with Ukraine’, Muzhenko said.
Also, he noted that some risk of the threat from Transnistria exists but it is not serious.
‘Transnistria can be the direction of the situation disruption at South-West. I do not think that they can present some serious military peril or a possibility of invasion taking into account the number of the Russian population in Transnistria. However, there is some risk of disruption and influence on general military political situation’, he summarized.