Lithuania prepared for the military of the Russian-Belarusian exercises Zapad-2017 better than ever. This was stated by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, informs Delfi.
“I’m happy that we were prepared much better than during doctrines “the West” in 2009 and 2013. Now we are better prepared: we have more tools to deter and defense on our territory, we also help our partners and friends from NATO to see more, hear more and know more,” said Grybauskaite.
She also noticed that the exercises are already taking place, although they officially will begin only today.
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“First, I want to say that the teachings of the West are, I think about a month. We have seen concentrate more and more troops as it goes. So, should not concentrate on 14-20 September, because this so-called active phase, and in fact is a VIP-like part when guests arrive, pass the demonstration exercises. Therefore, before this period and after activity increased,” – said Grybauskaite.
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West-2017 – joint strategic exercises of the armies of Russia and Belarus, will be held from 14 to 20 September. The Russian military began to arrive in Belarus in late July. Officially announced the participation of up to 13 thousand military, anecdotal evidence suggests a much larger group of troops up to 100 thousand people. The exercises will be held in two stages – in Russia and at seven landfills in Belarus.
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The Kremlin is likely to leave the military in Belarus, according to the General staff of the armed forces. NATO suspects that Moscow may use the exercises as a “Trojan horse.”
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