Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad-2017 have a military purpose, because the Baltic States along with NATO allies are closely monitoring the security situation in the region. This was stated by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Lithuania, reports UKRINFORM.

“Teaching the West-2017 fit into the model that we have observed for some time: increasingly aggressive Russia, which significantly increases its defense budget and its military presence. We have observed considerable military power of Russia, including the Baltic and the Black sea, the Mediterranean, and Severoatlanticheskogo the region”, – States the current situation of the Lithuanian diplomats, stressing that Russia has used military force against its neighbors such as Ukraine and Georgia.

It is noted that the lack of transparency and ambiguity on the possible aggressive scenario also reduce predictability.

“So this year we pay special attention to the West-2017. Together with other allies we are closely monitoring the situation in the sphere of security in the region”, – said in the foreign Ministry of Lithuania.

Today, September 14 started the exercises Zapad-2017. The opposition of Belarus has stated that it proposes to consider the occupation rate in the country of Russian troops, if they don’t return to places of their permanent deployment after the exercise.

The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite said that they have prepared for the military of the Russian-Belarusian exercises better than ever.

See also: Poland on the West-2017: an Element of political pressure on Ukraine

Lithuanian foreign Minister: exercises Zapad-2017 have a military purpose 14.09.2017

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