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Ukraine news:In General, invited observers from seven countries: Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden and Norway.
The Ministry of defence of Belarus has invited Ukraine and several other countries to send observers to the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017” to be held in Belarus from 14 to 20 September.
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This writes the Ukrainian Pravda with reference to Radio Liberty.
According to the Ministry, the invitation sent to the so-called Vienna document 2011, which requires you to notify the other party of the exercise with the participation of over 9 thousand people and provide the mandatory on the other hand, when exercises involving more than 13,000 people.
Russia and Belarus say that the current exercise will be attended by 12 thousand 700 troops .
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The neighboring countries of Belarus, among them the Baltic States and Ukraine, worried that Russia could use the doctrine “the West-2017” for aggressive development of its military presence in the region, on NATO’s Eastern flank and to turn Belarus into a springboard for a possible attack on Ukraine.
In particular, the government of Lithuania, Moscow can bring to these exercises significantly more of its troops than announced, perhaps to a hundred thousand. Russia denies such plans.