A real panic attack caused the leadership of Lithuania’s upcoming Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises “West-2017”. The President of the Baltic Republic Dalia Grybauskaite, on Thursday, February 9, speaking to journalists called the military exercises “preparation for war with the West.”
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We see that threats are different and they grow. In particular, we concern with the expected military exercises “West-2017”, during which it is expected the concentration of a very serious and aggressive forces, their ostentatious preparation for war with the West, – said Grybauskaite.
According to her, such threats forced the Baltic countries to ask partners about additional guarantees of security. These and other questions of security, the head of the Baltic Republic hopes to discuss during his meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence.
In Lithuania also intend to monitor whether those teachings to carry “defensive or offensive”.
Recall that a large-scale strategic exercises “West-2017” will be held at several firing ranges in Belarus and Russia in September of this year. During the upcoming maneuvers of the troops of the two countries intend to work out the tasks for planning, management and application of the regional grouping. Representatives of the military departments had earlier noted that the emphasis of the exercise will shift to the side of the practice.