Moscow Awaits Official Answer From Baltic States to Security Talks Offer

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Russian Defense Ministry’s Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation said that ministry expects an official response from its Baltic partners to Moscow's offer to discuss security issues.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russian Defense Ministry expects an official response from its Baltic partners to Moscow's offer to discuss security issues, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Chief of the Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation, Sergei Koshelev, said Friday.

"The Russian Defense Ministry proposes to discuss a wide range of issues, starting from the interaction with NATO to joint response to common challenges and threat. The invitation was sent to the defense departments of these [Baltic] states, including the Lithuanian Defense Ministry. The Russian Defense Ministry expects the official response from our partners on the Russian proposals, as communication through the media will not allow us to rapidly resolve our differences," Koshelev said.

According to him, the Russian Defense Ministry is closely monitoring the emerging media reports about the Russian initiative to hold bilateral consultations with the defense ministries of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and Finland, which was voiced the Russia-NATO Council meeting in July 2016.

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