Next-generation intelligence – NATO is asking Russia for details
BRUSSELS, ($1=0.84 Euros) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed the view that Russia should provide data on the West 2021 military exercises due to the growing concerns of the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine.
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The secretary-general believes that Russia “must behave predictably.” “The reality is that since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never discovered mandatory surveillance exercises,” he said.
“All countries have the right to train their armed forces, but the commitment to transparency must also be respected … We call on Russia and Belarus to act predictably and transparently following international obligations. This is particularly important to reduce the risks and avoid any incidents and incidents in a situation where military activity is increasing along our borders,” the North Atlantic Alliance spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said.
At the same time, the NATO representative announced his readiness to maintain contact with Belarus. “If necessary, we will keep in touch with Minsk,” she added.
The joint strategic exercise “West-2021” will be held on September 10-16 at military training grounds in Belarus and Russia. They will involve about 200 thousand people, over 80 planes and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, of which 13 thousand people, over 30 planes and helicopters, up to 350 units of military equipment will be used in Belarus. The concept of the exercises is based on one of the possible options for escalating the military-political situation against a conditional state.
The Russian and Belarusian sides have repeatedly stated the defensive nature of the upcoming maneuvers, which will not be directed against anyone.
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