First Deputy Minister of defense of Ukraine Ivan Rusnak said that preparation of the Russian Federation to conduct large-scale military exercises “West-2017” is causing concern around the world.

As the press service of the defense Ministry of Ukraine, about I. Rusnak said during a meeting with Deputy Minister of national defence of the Republic of Poland Michal Dvorchik on Tuesday.

“Worldwide concern preparation of the Russian Federation to conduct large-scale military exercises “West-2017”, – said I. Rusnak.

He also informed his Polish counterpart about the situation in the area of the antiterrorist operation in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, noting “the failure of the Russian occupation troops of the Minsk agreements”.

In addition, on behalf of the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak I. Rusnak thanked the Polish colleagues for help.

As reported, the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises “West-2017” will be held at several landfills in the two countries . President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that no matter how much pressure, the Belarusian-Russian exercises “West-2017” will be held a large-scale and serious.