Dalia Grybauskaitė: ‘West-2017’ military drill worrying

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in Riga.

Lithuanian President has spoken about the Belarusian-Russian military exercises to be held this year.

Ms Grybauskaite believes that the “West-2017” excercises demonstrate the preparation of Belarus and Russia to the war with the West.

“We see various threats, they are increasing, we are also anxious about the “West-2017″ drill, where numerous aggressive forces concentrate. It is a open preparation for war with the West,” said the Lithuanian President, talking with reporters in Riga.

According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, the threat from the East has forced the Baltic countries to ask partners for additional security guarantees, such as more rapid decision-making in NATO.

On February 9, the Head of Lithuanian Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence Vytautas Bakas said that the “West -2017” military exercise, apparently, will be the largest drill in the history held at the Lithuanian borders. In turn, Director of the State Security Department of Lithuania Darius Jauniškis said that these exercises will be a major challenge to the national security of Lithuania.

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