Rasmussen urges Russia to be open with NATO about its Baltic wargames

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, February 1, 2013

From Bryan Bradley, Bloomberg:  Russia should share more information with NATO about military exercises the country conducts in the Baltic region, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

“We don’t have detailed information about upcoming Russian military exercises,” Rasmussen told reporters today in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, when asked about the West 2013 exercise that Russia and Belarus plan in September. “It’s of utmost importance to demonstrate openness and full transparency when it comes to military exercises.”

NATO’s three Baltic members, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, have expressed concern about increasing numbers of Russian troops and weapons stationed near their borders. (photo: Office of the President of Lithuania)

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