Russia might leave its troops in Belarus after West-2017 drills, – Poland

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poland monitors very closely "what’s happening at the eastern border"
11:59, 29 August 2017

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Russian Federation can leave part of its troops and equipment in Belarus after the end of West-2017 military exercises. This was stated by the Deputy Defense Minister of Poland Michal Dworczyk, reports Polish Radio.

According to him, the reason for concern is the fact that Russian Federation has many times used similar situations to achieve various political goals

“One of the possibilities we suppose is that Russia might leave behind some of its units and military equipment from Belarus territory, “he said.

Dworczyk stressed that such scenario would negatively influence the situation of the Eastern Europe region.

According to him, officially 13,000 soldiers will be involved in the training.

Related: Stoltenberg: NATO will send observers to West-2017 military exercises

“But we know that, in fact, the drills will involve much greater territory, number of servicemen and military equipment,” he stressed.

“Poland monitors very closely what’s happening at the eastern border. And so does the Alliance,” he noted.

As it was reported earlier Belarus invited Ukrainian observers to West-2017 drills. Besides representatives from Ukraine, military experts from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden and Norway can come to see the exercises.

At the same time, some NATO countries have suggested that there will be about 100,000 people in the drills. In addition, Ukraine’s  Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov is sure that with the help of West-2017 exercises, the Kremlin is checking whether Russia is ready for a big war with the West.

Related: Two Ukrainian observers to be present in West-2017 drills in Belarus

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