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MFA of Lithuania calls on Russia to cancel West-2017 drills
12:12, 10 September 2017
MFA of Lithuania calls on Russia to cancel West-2017 drills

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania reminded that the annexation of Crimea also started as a military exercise

12:12, 10 September 2017

gazprom.ru

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Antanas Linkevičius called on Russia to cancel the planned West-2017 military drills bordering with NATO countries, as he told RND.

“We are concerned over the fact that Moscow sent to Belarus and Baltic border 4,000 systems that can carry nuclear weapons, and not less than 30,000 soldiers. We are worried that the Russian military presence in Belarus will become permanent,” he said.

Linkevičius also reminded that the annexation of Crimea also started as a military exercise.

The Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs also called Russian claims that only 12,000 soldiers are participating in the drills unlikely. “We must be diligent and ready,” he said.

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