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 Turchynov: Ukrainian-American military exercises triggered inadequate reaction of Russian authorities

Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov praised the level of the Ukraine-U.S. military exercises, which are held at the Yavoriv range.

Censor.NET reports citing the press office of the National Security and Defense Council.

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"The joint exercises at the Yavoriv range are taking place at a very high level which causes inadequate reaction of the Russian authorities," Oleksandr Turchynov said adding that he meant Lavrov's comments on the presence of the U.S. servicemen in Ukraine, which allegedly violates Minsk II.

"Taking in consideration the ignorance of the Russian leaders, I have to explain to them in detail that the Minsk agreements envisage the withdrawal of foreign (i.e. Russian) troops from our territory, which are illegally deployed on the territory of Ukraine (the Ukrainian side has never granted permission for their deployment) and are conducting hostilities against our country," Oleksandr Turchynov said.

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The NSDC Secretary noted that the U.S. military trainers arrived in Ukraine for implementation of joint training programs and were invited in accordance with the decision of the parliament, which was supported by 305 deputies.

"The multinational military exercises with the participation of NATO soldiers are held in Ukraine annually in line with our strategy of European and Euro-Atlantic integration," he said.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n333829