The Zapad 2017 drill will take place in September
Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite warned the Zapad 2017 joint military drills are a clear indication that Russia is preparing for war.
And she appealed to NATO for more military aid in preparation for what could be ‘the biggest Russian war game in Europe’.
Russian army will join troops in Balarus for the drills
She said: "We see that risks are increasing, and we are worried about the upcoming 'Zapad 2017' exercise, which will deploy a very large and aggressive force on our borders that will very demonstrably be preparing for a war with the West.
"This means that we will be talking with NATO about creating additional standing defence plans, about stationing additional military means and about creating a faster decision- making process."
The upcoming Zapad 2017 drill (which translates as West 2017) will be a joint exercise in September between Russia and Belarus, which Moscow has described as a response to NATO’s eastern reinforcement.
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We see that risks are increasing, and we are worried about the upcoming 'Zapad 2017' exercise,
Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite
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Vytautas Bakas, Lithuania’s security committee chief, said he believed the drills would be the largest foreign military exercise on his country’s borders.
However Moscow maintains that its upcoming drill is defensive in nature and aims at raising interoperability with ally Belarus.
Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite begged NATO for military aid
She also sought more assurances EU allies would come to the aid of the Baltic states
But countries such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain concerned about Russia repeating its strategy in Crimea on their own turf.
After a meeting with other baltic states on Friday, Ms Grybauskaite said the drill meant they required more assurance that NATO would protect them.
And she announced she would raise her concerns next week at a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, adding she hopes to be in “very close” communication with the new administration.
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