According to the assistant to the head of the State border service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan, the forces sent by the Russian military exercises Zapad-2017, insufficient for invasion of Ukraine. He declared it on air of TV channel Direct.
“I don’t think that Putin is preparing to open a new front. Even in order to open a new front, the forces that they accumulate in Belarus, they will not be sufficient for offensive operations. If we are talking about Ukraine. Although we should not forget about the Baltic States”, – he said, commenting on the opinion of experts that the West-2017 may be offensive to wear.
He noted that the underestimate of the Russian Federation in any case it is impossible, “it would be a very big mistake.”
Slobodyan told that there is now a strengthening of control at checkpoints in Belarus, as well as a significant intensification of Russian intelligence services on the territory of Belarus.
“I mean, there are some points indicating that vigilance should not be lost. And measures to excercise the possible scenarios counter we are working not only independently,” he added, noting that the gpsu and coordinates actions with the APU, and with the National guard.
11 September, the British defense Secretary Michael Fallon expressed the view that the purpose of large-scale joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus – to provoke NATO and to test his defenses.