The Minister of defense of Belarus Andrei Ravkov have called “hysteria” fears of some politicians and experts about the joint exercises “West–2017”. He told about it in interview to the edition “SAT. Belarus today”.
He recalled that the exercises are held every two years, alternately in the territories of Belarus and Russia, according to the agreement of the presidents of the countries.
“The flood last time, some “experts” hysteria about alleged possible occupation of Belarus by Russian troops — no more than an attempt of some marginal structures to gain political dividends or to increase your rating due to the exploitation of the topic of the Belarusian–Russian relations”, — said Ravkov.
He said that the field of military cooperation between the two countries is “one of the drivers of development of our relations”, and military cooperation corresponds to the level of interaction that “has to be between the two brotherly peoples.”
“Threats to the sovereignty of our country joint strategic exercises “West–2017″ assumes by definition”, — assured the Minister of defence of the Republic, explaining that the idea of teaching, the areas of the meeting, the advance of the troops was consistent with the Belarusian authorities.
Ravkov also stated that “West-2017” is not a threat to European countries, because “the doctrine is defensive in nature, not directed against third countries and only solves the problem of strategic deterrence.”