NATO-hosting Ukrainian Ministry of Defense calls Russia – Belarus alliance a threat

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August 16 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

DNR News  – translated by Inessa Sinchougova

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak called the Russian-Belarusian exercises on the border with Ukraine “a threat” and an “unfriendly step.” 


“We are monitoring the situation, we are aware of all the movements of Russian troops along the direction of our border, we understand what threats may arise and we will respond adequately to the threats posed by these exercises, we have envisaged a number of measures that would be adequate in response to these threats, threats of invasion ” – said Poltorak.

“The exercises potentially carry threats, because a large number of personnel are moving to the border with Ukraine in the framework of exercises on the territory of Belarus. All that is happening on the border with Ukraine, we regard as an unfriendly step and as a threat to Ukraine” – added Stepan Poltorak.

In September, Russia and Belarus will hold the largest joint military training since 2013, as NATO troops increasingly build up on Russia’s borders as well as within the territory of Ukraine. 

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