WARSAW (Sputnik) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is worried about the scale of the upcoming Russian-Belarusian joint military drills Zapad-2017 (West-2017), Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Friday.
According to the Polish foreign minister, the drills might cause "dangerous military incidents." Waszczykowski also expressed hope that Zapad-2017 exercise would not involve the acting out of aggressive scenarios.
Western states have repeatedly raised concerns with regard to the forthcoming joint drills. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Russia and Belarus to ensure the transparency of the Zapad-2017 military exercise in compliance with international agreements, adding that military drills are subject to international inspection.
Senior Russian and Belarusian officials have stated that the drills do not pose any threat to other states and are exclusively defensive in nature.