Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday that she expects that observers will be able to see if Russia will take its troops out of Belarus after next month's Zapad military exercise is over, but she did not comment on whether there are indications that Russian military personnel may stay in the neighboring country.
Zapad 2013
© RIA / Scanpix

"Lithuania has been invited to participate as an observer during the Zapad exercise under international agreements. This provides an opportunity to see in real terms if Russia's promises to withdraw military personnel from Belarus after the drills will be met," she said at a joint news conference in Vilnius with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Grybauskaitė did not answer a question about whether officials have information that Russian troops may stay in Belarus after the drills end.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Latvia's private, nongovernmental sectors to be included in national defense system

The Latvian defense ministry proposes developing a comprehensive national defense system that would...

Lithuanian Army establishes new battalion for communications and information systems

The Lithuanian Army established on Tuesday its new Communications and Information Systems battalion...

Lithuania mulls immediate ban of television programs threating national security

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (LRTK), the country's broadcasting regulatory body,...

Lithuania to step up air defense with air missiles

Lithuania is to purchase additionally battle and training missiles to its Nasams air defense system...

Lithuania puts 3D air defense radars into operation

Lithuanian Air Force put into operation on Tuesday two long-range 3D radars amid efforts to strengthen...