December 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
MINSK, Belarus – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a televised interview with the Belarussian channel STV on Saturday that the recent Russian-Belarussian military exercises has been used by the West to create anti-Russian hysteria.
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“Not as much the West is alarmed as they try to use our drills as a pretext for whipping up hysteria,” Lavrov said.
“As required, notifications were sent and observers invited. Moreover, the invitations went beyond the required limits,” the top diplomat said. “Those who were willing came to attend the exercise and admitted that everything was transparent.”
“Nevertheless, in the wake of increasing hysteria, our American counterparts along with NATO officials managed to stealthily deploy additional military contingents and military hardware in the Baltic states and Poland,” Lavrov said. “The excuse was used though the fears were not in the slightest justified, but as the phrase goes, the case is closed.”.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.