In accordance with international agreements, preliminary notification of military activities (conducting the West-2017 exercise) was sent to all OSCE participating States, and in August international observers received invitationssaid the commander in an interview with the newspaper "Red Star".
He noted that the “West-2017” doctrine, “like all previous ones, is absolutely open to both international observers and journalists.”
According to Kartapolov, “the total number of personnel, weapons and military equipment used for the training will comply with the provisions of the Vienna Document 2011 of the year”, and statements by several European states that more than 100 thousand people were involved in the maneuvers “without any -or evidence. "
Just now in the Armed Forces of Russia in full swing is the summer period of training. Of course, all the formations and units are on the ranges and perform exercises, conduct battalion and company exercises,he said.
Recall, the Russian-Belarusian doctrine will be held from 14 to 20 of September, it employs up to 12,7 thousand troops, about 70 aircraft and about 680 units of military equipment.
Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin earlier stated that the teaching was defensive in nature. Versions of a number of Western politicians that a “springboard for the occupation of Lithuania” is being prepared at this event have nothing to do with reality.