Thursday 17 August 2017
“[Western analysts] have written that these exercises will become a prelude for deployment in Belarus for a new Russian military base with Iskander M missiles and Su-30 destroyers.”Since the Russian military used exercises near Georgia in 2008 and near Ukraine in 2014 as covers for invasions, apprehensions about Belarus are warranted.
"This is an open exercise and we invite or have already invited a huge number of observers. Please come and watch it."Despite such assurances from Lukashenka and other officials from Russia and Belarus, the likelihood of Zapad 17 being transparent is unlikely. Since 1991, Russia has declared that every military drill it has conducted has included just under 13,000, a threshold over which Moscow would be obligated to invite outside observers.
“Russia is not upholding her part of obligations in the Eurasian Economic Union”