Lithuania's Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas says that the UK's decision to send army units to the Baltic states and Poland is a reaction to Russia's actions in the region, therefore Moscow's statements about reciprocal steps are misleading.
Juozas Olekas
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"I think that such statements do not match reality, because it's not them [Russians] reacting to our [NATO's] actions, but us reacting to theirs: militarization in the Kaliningrad Oblast, mobilization of equipment are the actions that forced us to respond, not vice versa," Minister Olekas told BNS on Thursday.

UK's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Thursday about plans to deploy troops to the Baltic states and Poland in order to prevent Russia's provocations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov immediately stated that "any plans of NATO to move its military infrastructure closer to Russia will lead to reciprocal steps in order to restore the necessary parity".

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