Dutch military officials to inspect southern Russia

Representatives of the Dutch Armed Forces will conduct an inspection in the south of Russia on February 17-20, Sergei Ryzhkov, director of the Russian Defense Ministry's treaties implementation department, told reporters on Tuesday.

Representatives of the Dutch Armed Forces will conduct an inspection in the south of Russia on February 17-20, Sergei Ryzhkov, director of the Russian Defense Ministry's treaties implementation department, told reporters on Tuesday.

"The district to be inspected by the Dutch side is located in the Rostov region. It is approximately 18,000 square kilometers large," he said.

"This inspection will exhaust the quota for such measures in the territory of the Russian Federation in 2015," he said.

"In 2015, it will be the third inspection to be carried out in the Russian Federation with the aim of determining the scope of ongoing military activity subject to notification or confirming the absence of such activity within the district in question," Ryzhkov said.

"The command of the military units stationed in this district will give briefings for the military specialists from the Netherlands," he said.

The inspection will be conducted in compliance the 2011 Vienna Document on confidence-and security-building measures, Ryzhkov said.

The previous inspection as part of the 2011 Vienna document was conducted by Ukrainian military specialists in Russia's Rostov region on February 9-12. The Ukrainian army said after the inspection that its specialists had not detected any violations in the Russian Armed Forces' activity.

 

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