The NATO secretary general has said that Russia must allow NATO to observe its military exercises near the Baltic states next week in a bid to increase transparency.
Jens Stoltenberg said Russia must accept the NATO exercises under guidelines agreed between the two powers, which laid out plans for war games involving more than 30,000 troops.
Stoltenberg says that he makes the request in an attempt to ensure that the exercises are not being used as a precursor or cover-up for aggressive action against Russia’s neighbouring Baltic nations.
The exercise will run from September 14th to the 20th, just outside the borders of NATO allies Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
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