The convoys of the Russian armored vehicles were spotted in the range of the regions of Russia where the West-2017 drills will take place and at the territory of Belarus as the users of the social networks reported.
The displacement of the military equipment of the Armed Forces of Russia was spotted in Kursk, Voronezh, Vologda, Rostov, Leningrad Regions and Krasnodar Krai. Mostly it is the places where the military drills will be held or that are near the border with Belarus. Moreover, according to the users, the serial of the tanks arrived at the Belarusian Railways Station Molodechno that is near Minsk.
The West-2017 drills will take place in the territory of Belarus, at the whole European part of Russia, in annexed Crimea and occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk from 14 until 20 September.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov claimed that the joint drills can be the preparation for the offensive operation. The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko assured the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that West-2017 will not become the preparation for invasion to Ukraine.
The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov claimed that Russia has no intention to occupy Belarus under pretence of drills holding.
Earlier it was reported that two Ukrainian representatives and observers from NATO will also observe the exercises at the invitation of Minsk.