MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In early August, the Russian Defense Ministry announced it is ready for military consultations with all neighboring countries to avoid incidents at sea and in the air. It proposed joint incident prevention work on the basis of bilateral agreements, and consultations with the defense ministries of the Baltic states, including Lithuania, to address mutual concerns related to military activities in border areas.
"We have received Russia‘s proposals and will consider them carefully in close consultations with our allies, before taking the next steps," Motuzas said.
Lithuanian largest-ever purchase of armored vehicles, to be procured from Germany, does not pose any threat to Moscow and therefore is unlikely to affect the country’s relations with Russia, Remigijus Motuzas told Sputnik.
On August 22, Lithuania’s Defense Ministry signed a contract worth 386 million euros ($436 million) with the German armored vehicle technology company (ARTEC) for the purchase of 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles.
When announcing the signing of the deal, Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas described it as the single biggest procurement deal in the history of the Lithuanian army.
"The security situation is the main challenge in our region and requires additional attention, means and efforts, which would help stop the proliferation of instability," the ambassador said.