In a post on his Facebook page, Minister Poltorak wrote: “The Russian military exercise Zapad 2017 raises concerns. We do not rule out possible provocations from the side of the Russian Federation. In such case, Ukraine will have to ensure its defense capacity”.
He also praised constructive work of experts and US Special Envoy in Ukraine Kurt Volker while visiting Donbas, and added that the world community now will be able to impartially evaluate the situation in eastern Ukraine due to their help.
As earlier reported, the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercise Zapad 2017 is scheduled to take place in Belarus on September 14-20.