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    Poland will keep an eye on the forthcoming Russia-Belarus joint military exercise Zapad-2017 ("West-2017"), but will not take any extraordinary measures against the backdrop of the drills, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    WARSAW (Sputnik) — The joint drills will take place on September 14-20.

    "We were looking and monitoring and observing these maneuvers with great concern, because the scenario of the last two maneuvers was a little bit scary for Poland, because part of the scenario was a military strike and a nuclear strike against Poland, against Warsaw. We are preparing ourselves to monitor these military maneuvers in September. We are not going to take any extraordinary measures, of course." Waszczykowski said.

    According to the minister, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will arrive in Poland later in August and Polish officials will discuss the issue with him.

    "I think that these military maneuvers of [the] Russians and Belarusian forces are unnecessary, because from our part, from NATO part there is absolutely no inclination of any aggressive posture against Russia. All our doctrines, I mean Polish doctrines, military doctrines, NATO doctrines are defensive. You can look at the deployment of our troops, we can look at the exercise manner of our troops — this is a defensive posture and there is no aggressive doctrine in NATO to attack, to intimidate, to threaten Russia," the diplomat added.


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