MOSCOW, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Russia and Belarus will maintain large-scale crossborder army drills subsequent month, Belarus’ defence ministry mentioned on Thursday, which Ukraine has described as a menace to its personal safety and that of NATO.
The “West-2021” drills will contain 1000’s of servicemen, together with these from Moscow-led defence bloc member Kazakhstan, in addition to tanks, artillery and plane, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Navy workouts will probably be held at coaching grounds in each Russia and Belarus and will probably be based mostly on a situation the place “worldwide tensions are escalated to a degree which will destabilise the state of affairs within the area and provoke aggression towards the Union State (of Russia and Belarus)”, it mentioned.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s deputy chief of workers, Roman Mashovets, mentioned in April the deliberate drills had been “a menace to Euro-Atlantic safety” and “aggressive in nature”.
Belarus’ defence ministry mentioned, in flip, that the train carried no menace, “neither for the European group as a complete not for any neighbouring international locations”.
Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov, Modifying by William Maclean
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