Kremlin expects Lithuanian president to change view on Zapad-2017 drills

20 September

Kremlin expects Lithuanian president to change view on Zapad-2017 drills

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite may change her opinion on the Zapad-2017 Russian-Belarusian military drills when she receives information from international observers monitoring the exercises, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Quite many international observers have visited the drills, there was a briefing for them where they could receive thorough information regarding the goals and aims of the drills, and they also had the opportunity to see with their own eyes that the drills’ scenario was consistent with the declared goals," the Russian presidential spokesman said.

"I believe, after Mrs. Grybauskaite receives this information, she may change her opinion,"Peskov added.

On Monday, Grybauskaite held a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. According to the Lithuanian presidential press service, Grybauskaite informed Guterres about "Russia‘s actions at the border with Lithuania, security situation in the region and threats posed to the people all over the world by aggressive military exercise Zapad."

While addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Lithuanian president claimed that Russia was making preparations for attacking the western countries. According to her, "the Kremlin is rehearsing aggressive scenarios against its neighbors, training its army to attack the West."



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