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Russian military chief meets NATO General to soothe war games fears: Ifax
September 7, 2017 / 3:16 PM / 3 months ago

Russian military chief meets NATO General to soothe war games fears: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - General Valery Gerasimov, the chief of Russia’s general staff, on Thursday used a meeting with General Petr Pavel, the chairman of the NATO military committee, to reassure him about upcoming Russian war games, the Interfax news agency reported.

Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov arrives for the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files

The Zapad-2017 war games this month have stirred unease in some countries because Russian troops and military hardware will be training inside Belarus, a Russian ally which borders Ukraine as well as NATO member states Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Interfax said Gerasimov, during a meeting in Azerbaijan, had told Pavel that the war games were purely defensive in nature, not aimed at any third countries, and designed to help secure the security of Belarus.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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