Contents tagged with Zapad 2017

  • USA: Number of troops participating in Zapad-2017 military exercises was more than declared by Russia

    Washington is not afraid of a possible build-up of the Russian military presence at the borders of NATO countries after the Zapad 2017 exercises, as indicated by the Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, in response to questions from The Washington Post.

    "I cannot say for sure, but our people have been closely watching and they have no fears," the diplomat said. She added that the exercises were a "big show." "We watched it as much as we could," …

  • Russia announces withdrawal of all troops from Belarus after Zapad-2017 exercises

    A week after the completion of the Zapad-2017 exercises, Russia has withdrawn its last troops from the territory of Belarus, the press service for the exercises reports.

    It is reported that the last Russian echelon with military equipment and personnel has gone to its point of permanent deployment.

    "The last train with personnel and equipment of units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation that took part in the SSU-Zapad-2017 has departed for home from one of the railway stations in …

  • Media: Russia-NATO Council frozen until the end of the year

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has frozen the NATO-Russia Council until the end of the year, reports the newspaper Izvestia, citing Russian diplomatic sources.

    It is noted that the pretext for such a step was the Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 exercises, which took place from September 14-20 at a training area in Belarus, as well as in the Kaliningrad, Leningrad, and Peskov oblasts in the Russian Federation.

    “The Russia-NATO Council will be frozen until the end of this year, at the …

  • Ukraine: Russia only partially opened Zapad-2017 military exercises to observers

    Observers from Ukraine assessed the joint Russian-Belarusian exercise Zapad-2017 as "partially open." This was reported by the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces or Ukraine.

    According to the Staff, part of Zapad-2017 where international observers were allowed was not sufficiently open. "They did not allow representatives of the invited countries to make sure that the declared objectives of the exercises corresponded to the current norms and methods of the usage of troops," …

  • Lithuanian Ministry of Defense accuses Russia of 'simulating an attack' on Baltic states

    The head of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, Raimundas Karoblis, said that during the Belarusian-Russian Zapad-2017 tactical exercises, Russia worked on the scenarios for an attack on the Baltic States, reported   Lithuanian newspaper Respublika.

    “The fact that Russia simulated an attack on all the Baltic countries is important,” Karoblis stressed. He noted that during the exercises there were obvious decisions made of a tactical and strategic nature, and there was actual bombing near the …

  • Latvia: During Zapad-2017 exercises Russia rehearsed a blockade of the Baltics

    The Ministry of Defense of Latvia has not yet released an official assessment of the Russia-Belarus joint exercises but Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis informed Delfi news agency that many facts point to the Baltic blockade scenario being worked out already.

    Zapad 2017 officially ended on September 20. Although the active phase of the exercises is over, the Russian armed forces activities will continue, Bergmanis said. He noted that much attention was drawn to the exercises and, …

  • NATO: Suspicions about Russia’s Zapad-2017 exercises were justified, the scale of the drills was much bigger than declared

    NATO is confident that its suspicions concerning the Zapad 2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises were justified. "It will take several weeks for a full assessment, but it is already clear that the scale and the geographic coverage of the Zapad 2017 exercise turned out to be substantially larger than those declared initially by Moscow and Minsk," as relayed by NATO spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, to Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday, September 21st.

    According to her, these maneuvers were held not only in …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine will monitor withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus after Zapad-2017 exercises

    Ukraine will monitor the withdrawal of Russian troops from Belarus after the completion of the Zapad-2017 exercises.

    This was stated by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov, as reported on the site of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).

    “On September 21, after the completion of combat training in the Zapad-2017 exercises, Russian personnel, military equipment and weapons from the ranges located in the territory of Belarus will leave. Ukraine …

  • Turchynov: Russia rehearsed massive ballistic missile strike to conclude Zapad-2017 drills

    At the final stage of the Zapad 2017 military exercises, Russia rehearsed a massive nuclear missile strike, involving the forces and equipment of all three components of the nuclear triad, reported Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), as cited by the NSDC press service.

    According to Turchynov, on September 20, the last day of the drills, six long-distance Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 aircraft were engaged to fly in the airspace of the Barents, …

  • Lithuanian President: Russia is rehearsing attacks on its neighbors

    The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, speaking at the UN General Assembly, said that   Zapad-2017 joint exercises of Russia and Belarus are part of the information war and a rehearsal for a Russian attack on neighboring countries.

    "Today, the attention of the world is drawn to North Korea and other regions, but the same methods of blackmail and aggression are used in Ukraine and along NATO’s eastern border. About 100,000 Russian servicemen are taking part in Zapad-2017 exercises …