“The Ukrainian side confirms the fact of Ukraine having been invited to observe the West-2017 military exercise, which is to take place in Belarus, with Russian Armed Forces participating. According to the Department of verification of the General Staff, two Ukrainian observers are to oversee the exercise on September 16-20, based on the invitation from the Belarus side,” the message says.
As it was reported earlier, the Defense Ministry of Belarus invited representatives of Ukraine and six other states to send observers to West-2017 drills in September. The Belarusian military is expecting observers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, and Norway.
The invitation was sent in accordance with the so-called Vienna Document of 2011, which requires notifying the other side about exercises involving more than 9,000 people and ensuring mandatory inspection of the other side in exercises involving more than 13,000 people.