The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) has received an invitation from the authorities of Belarus to send two experts to the large-scale military exercises of Russia and Belarus "West-2017". This was stated by the Secretary-General of the bloc Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe reports.
According to the Secretary General, the invitation stipulates that NATO representatives can observe the exercises in specially designated five days for visitors. From Russia, the invitation was only for one such day, and NATO is still studying the proposal.
According to Stoltenberg, visiting maneuvers in specially designated for the guests days has nothing in common with real monitoring. That is why he called for NATO to have access to wider monitoring of the exercises.
Earlier it was reported that two Ukrainian representatives and observers from Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Estonia will also observe the exercises at the invitation of Minsk. The exercises "West-2017" will be held from September 14 to September 20, about 13 thousand military men and up to 680 military equipment will take part in it. Maneuvers have impressive scale - from the Kolsk direction in the Arctic zone to the territory of Belarus.