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    Lithuania, Poland NATO Drills Aimed at Rising Tensions on Russian Border

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    Russian Foreign Ministry opposes Lithuania and Poland NATO’s military exercises and states that they can destabilize regional situation.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NATO’s military exercises in Lithuania and Poland destabilize the situation in the region and have the goal of continuing the aggravation of tensions along the Russian border, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov said Thursday.

    “We are convinced that these exercises carry a serious destabilizing component. Their main goal is to continue the aggravation of tensions along the Russian borders,” Meshkov told journalists.

    Since 2014 the alliance has been building up its military presence in Europe – especially in Eastern European countries neighboring to Russia, using alleged Russian interference in Ukraine threat as a pretext.

    Russia has many times warned the NATO that its provocative actions may harm regional and global stability.

     

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