Es­to­nian mil­i­tary to ac­cept in­vi­ta­tion of Be­larus to at­tend Za­pad

Es­to­nian would ac­cept the in­vi­ta­tion by Be­larus to send ob­servers to the Za­pad mil­i­tary drill to be jointly held by Rus­sian and Be­laru­sian armed forces this Septem­ber, the Com­man­der of the Es­to­nian De­fence Forces has stated.

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Es­to­nian public broad­caster ERR re­ports that the Com­man­der of the Es­to­nian De­fence Forces Gen­eral Riho Ter­ras has said this week in an in­ter­view with Eesti Päe­valeht news­pa­per that Za­pad ex­er­cises have taken place for decades al­ready, also dur­ing the Soviet times.

Ter­ras noted that this summer, Be­larus and Rus­sia have al­ready con­ducted prepara­tory joint ex­er­cises test­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions in July and cur­rently a demon­stra­tive drill is tak­ing place in Pskov, not far from Es­to­nia and Latvia.

«It is im­por­tant that we know what is go­ing on. (..) That we know in de­tail what is go­ing on, that we keep track of it and be pre­pared. But we must also be pre­pared when ex­er­cises aren’t be­ing con­ducted. I don’t think that any­thing will oc­cur in the frame­work of field ex­er­cises which could spill over to our side or which we will tan­gi­bly be able to see,» ERR cited Ter­ras as eval­u­at­ing in the in­ter­view.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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