Russian leader Vladimir Putin called successful the accomplishment of tasks during the joint Russian-Belarusian exercises «Zapad-2017». He said this today during a meeting with the leadership of the Defense Ministry.
«During the exercises, a number of important tasks were successfully solved. The mobilization readiness and the ability to meet the needs of troops on the ground, provision of local resources, was checked,» Putin explained.
However, he also noted some shortcomings that need to be analyzed and corrected. For example, it is important, in his opinion, to increase mobilization readiness.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called NATO actions an attempt to demonize Russian-Belarusian exercises. He believes that the propaganda campaign of the alliance is an occasion to deploy additional forces on the eastern flank.
Let’s remind, the exercise «Zapad-2017» took place in September this year. Russian and Belarusian servicemen have worked together. About 13 thousand military men were involved.