Deputy Minister of defense of Russia Alexander Fomin said that the name of the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises «West-2017» should not be taken in a broad political sense, and to consider as a geographical term, «including the Western countries of the European Union or members of NATO.» We are talking about Western Russia, and Belarus.
The defense Ministry explained the meaning of the name of military exercises «West-2017». As stated in an interview with Deutsche Welle, the Deputy Minister of defense Alexander Fomin, under the name refers to the Western part of Russia and Belarus, the word «West» should not be taken from a political point of view.
«I want absolutely responsibly declare — no intrusion into the territory of neighboring States is not planned. The main purpose of the exercise — development of appropriate methods and the application of armed force to combat terrorism,» said the Deputy Minister.
He also said that Moscow will restore the previous format of relations with NATO in the near future. «I think it will happen in the coming year, maximum two,» — said Fomin.
Joint exercises «West-2017» will be held from 14 to 20 September.