Lithuania urged Russia to cancel military exercises “Zapad-2017”


Литва призвала Россию отменить военные учения "Запад-2017"Russia recently committed to a weekly average of 10 secret flights over the territory of NATO countries in the Baltics.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius called on Russia to cancel the planned military exercises “West-2017” on the Eastern flank of NATO.

“We are concerned that Moscow moved to Belarus and to the borders of the Baltic States 4 thousands of systems capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and at least 30 thousand soldiers. This is a dangerous saber rattling should stop,” said Linkevičius.

According to the head of the Lithuanian diplomacy, Russia recently made in the weekly average of 10 secret flights over the territory of NATO countries in the Baltics.

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He stressed that “we must be vigilant and prepared.”

The head of the diplomatic Department also noted that, unlike the doctrines “West-2013”, Russia in the framework of the present teachings for the first time moving troops to Belarus. “We fear that the Russian military presence in Belarus will become permanent”, he said.

In this regard, Linkevičius reminded that the annexation of Crimea in 2014 also began with military exercises.

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As reported, 14-20 September the active phase of the joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises. According to Moscow, they will take part not less than 13 thousand people, however, the Western experts believe that in fact there will be about 100 thousand. According to Lithuanian foreign intelligence, the likely scenario is an armed conflict with NATO. The region, which will be the exercises that are on the borders of Lithuania.

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