September 20, ended large-scale exercises «West-2017,» which, according to official information, was attended by about 12.700 Russian and Belarusian troops.
A week later, the chief of the General staff of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko in an interview with Reuters said that Russia does not withdraw its troops from Belarus after the exercises «West-2017». According Muzhenko, Belarus left only «a few units» and aircraft. Muzhenko also noticed that Russia released false information about the number of soldiers who took part in the exercises.
In response, the official representative of the defense Ministry, major-General Igor Konashenkov said that all Russian troops involved in the exercises, withdrawn from the territory of Belarus. According to Konashenkov, Muzhenko incompetent, just do not know what is happening a few hundred kilometers from Kiev.
Like Medusa, the Western countries reacted negatively to the exercises. In particular, the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite claimed Russia is preparing to attack NATO.
In Belarus there are two Russian military facilities: radar station «Volga» for missile warning and the 43rd communications hub of the Russian Navy for communication of staff with submarines.
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