Western partners received full information about Caucasus-2012 exercise

Acting Russian ambassador to NATO Nikolai Korchunov has described as groundless the complaints of Western partners about insufficient notification about the Caucasus-2012 exercise.

"The racket kicked around Caucasus-2012 strategic headquarters exercise is assuming the nature of an orchestrated media campaign in its scale and bias. The grievances to us are absolutely unjustified," he said in an interview with Kommersant daily commenting on the statement of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that Russia did not officially notify the alliance about the aims or scenario of the exercise.

He said that preparations for the exercise were most transparent. For instance, information about it was published on Defense Ministry information resources and numerous media briefings were arranged.

"Thus, diplomats and military attaches of our partners in Moscow had all the information about the objectives and nature of the exercise in South Russia. They could not fail to convey it to their capitals," Korchunov said.

He said it was apparent that the exercise was in no way directed against NATO or any third side.

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