Lithuania urges NATO to pull troops to eastern front

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on NATO to strengthen its military potential on the eastern front The President of Lithuania, at a meeting with his Ukrainian and Polish counterparts, said that NATO needs to strengthen its military potential in Eastern Europe and develop an algorithm of actions in case of different threatening scenarios

Gitanas Nauseda

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at a joint press conference with the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Andrzej Duda in Guta (Ivano-Frankivsk region) said that NATO should have an algorithm of actions for any scenarios that could threaten the security of Eastern Europe, reports “ Interfax-Ukraine.

NATO should respond not only by concentrating its troops on the eastern front, but also by strengthening its military potential. Strengthening military potential & mdash; that's good, but we must have an algorithm of what to do if there is scenario A, scenario B, scenario C '', & mdash; said Nauseda.

The President of Lithuania noted that the events of recent months near the border of Ukraine indicate that “ we are losing balance in our region, '' therefore, actions must be taken to restore it. “ If the balance is now being lost, there must be some reaction from the other side for this balance to be restored. This applies to the European Union and NATO ', & mdash; noticed Naused.

In addition, the Lithuanian president said that the military integration of Russia and Belarus is already an indisputable fact that has been going on for a long time. “ NATO should react to this first of all, because it changes the security situation for the Baltic countries '', & mdash; he believes.

According to Nauseda, the security of Ukraine and the Baltic is interconnected. “ So that we discuss not only the Ukrainian, Polish or Lithuanian situation separately. And so that it was a discussion of regional security. And this should be a broad response at the regional level '', & mdash; he concluded.

Information about the accumulation of Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine began to appear in the Western media in October. In mid-November, Zelenskiy announced 100,000 Russian troops at the border. US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said the “ invasion '' Russia to Ukraine could happen in early 2022. The United States and other Western countries admitted that they would introduce new sanctions against Russia if it tries to send troops to Ukraine.

The Russian side has repeatedly denied information about the impending offensive and named information about a possible intrusion to Ukraine by “ empty injection ''. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that it is NATO that is making “ dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory. ''

Last week, Russia demanded to exclude Ukraine from joining NATO and suggested that the alliance abandon military operations in countries neighboring Russia … The Foreign Ministry included the relevant provisions in the draft security treaty, which was sent to Washington.

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