25 May 2017, Thursday, 13:34

West-2017 Military Exercises Are Preparation for an Offensive Action, Turchynov Says

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Oleksandr Turchynov
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There are serious concerns to believe that a Russian military contingent will remain in Belarus after an active training phase.

The joint Russian-Belarusian exercises "West-2017" may be prepared for an offensive action. Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, stated that when his speech on 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"The utmost importance is placed on preparation and carrying-out of West-2017 command and staff trainings with participation of 100 thousand military men in Belarus and the Kaliningrad region, Russia. According to military specialists, the ultimate aim of these exercises is to test the readiness of Russian troops to carry out operations tied to time and scale. When their preparation activity to an active phase, they are planned for this September, one cannot rule out secret plans on preparation of a strategic offensive action. There are serious concerns to believe that a Russian military contingent will remain in Belarus after an active training phase, Turchynov pointed out.

It will be recalled that West -2017 military exercises of Russia and Belarus take place on September 14-20. They will be the final stage of joint training of the Armed Forces of Belarus and Russia in the current academic year.

As earlier reported, special services of Lithuania assume provocations during these military exercises. They say that the scenario of these trainings may imply a military conflict with NATO. Lithuania states that if Russia strengthens its military position in its western part and in the Kaliningrad region, it will be no trouble for it to start hostilities against the Baltic States within 1-2 days.