In his words, the talk is about the deployment of four air defense pursuit planes in Lithuania. It is not a major force; its deployment does not violate international agreements, the minister admitted.
"We will closely follow the NATO enlargement process. We reserve the right to take adequate measures in case the enlargement threatens Russia's security," Mr. Ivanov said. He stressed that Russia's air defense and Air Force have activated their exercises recently. Exercises with the use of A-50 reconnaissance planes were conducted on the Baltic Sea, and yesterday, similar exercises were conducted practically on the whole area of water of the Black Sea.