Lukashenka stated that the joint exercises in spite of pressure from the outside

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. Archival photoLukashenka stated that the joint exercises in spite of pressure from the outside© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarusian-Russian exercises «West-2017» will be held on the territory of the Republic in the autumn, in spite of external pressure.

Belarusian-Russian exercises «West-2017» will be held from 14 to 20 September. Previously, some foreign experts suggested that the Russian military can stay on the territory of Belarus and at the end of the exercise. Such a possibility is not ruled out, and the Minister of defence of Poland. In addition, the Department of state security and second Department of operational services under the Ministry of defense of Lithuania has prepared a report on threats to national security, the particular danger they saw in the exercise «Zapad-2017». Russian Ambassador to Minsk Alexander Surikov said earlier that the Russian military are not going to stay in Belarus after the exercise.

«Too much noise, I don’t know why, that we have in the fall will be large-scale exercises of Russia and Belarus. And as if we had nothing pressing, we will conduct these exercises. We aim to ensure that they have been large-scale and very serious. I know that in Russia exactly the same mood,» Lukashenka said Tuesday in Minsk during a meeting with heads of defense ministries of member States of the CSTO.

He stressed that both countries «don’t scare anyone». «We will practice during the exercise all that fulfills our potential rivals. We train the army and will be trained to defend the territory of our countries and our peoples,» — said the Belarusian President.

Lukashenko promised that the exercise will be invited «all those present (at today’s meeting – ed.) the Ministers of defence and not only.» «These exercises open. Let them look at our options. We are very serious about the fact that on the territory of Belarus exercises were very effective and we will try to give these exercises a large-scale and diverse character to our military – and Russia and Belarus feel that they are protecting and what obligations they imposed,» — said Lukashenko.