NATO utilises Belarus – Russia alliance to justify own activity at Russian border

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July 21, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Izvestia – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

The NATO leadership is attempting to justify the increasing activity of the alliance at Russian borders. The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented on the statements of the US military that the exercises “West-2017” in Belarus will become the “Trojan Horse” of Moscow.

“The artificial grounds around our planned exercises of West-2017 is aimed at justifying the sharp activation of the NATO bloc along the perimeter of the Russian territory,” said the state secretary, deputy head of the Ministry Grigory Karasin.

Earlier, the commander of the US armed forces in Europe, Ben Hodges, said that Washington and its allies in Eastern Europe are concerned about the Russian-Belarussian military exercises which are due to be held in September this year. The American commander asserts that after the exercises, Russia intends to leave its weapons in Belarus.

The exercises will be held around Minsk districts of Belarus. They will be attended by 13 thousand personnel including about 3 thousand Russian servicemen and 280 units of equipment.

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