From a statement by Major General Igor Konashenkov, representing management press service and information of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
The statements of the head of the German defense ministry at least surprise us. Perhaps she simply does not know that we have been initiative, in good faith, for more than two years, we have been notifying our European partners through various channels of all sudden checks and major exercises, which, in accordance with the Vienna agreements, are not obliged to do.
Igor Konashenkov commented on the statements of the German official about the “defensive character” of the North Atlantic military bloc.
The press service cites a statement by a representative of the Russian military department who commented on the connection between the words about the defensive nature of NATO and the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999:
Will the Minister of War of Germany, Ursula von der Lyayen, be able to explain to the whole world from whom there (in Yugoslavia) has the alliance defended itself and not sparing ammunition?
There are plenty of such "defensive" operations on the NATO account: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya. Now Washington "pulls up" NATO colleagues "to defend" in Syria ...