Moscow wants NATO to explain military build-up in Europe


xinhuanet.com
April 3, 2014

Russia expected NATO to explain how the bloc’s recent military build-up corresponded with existing bilateral agreements, the government said Thursday.

“We expect not just an answer, but an answer that will fully correspond with the agreed rules,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters following his talks with visiting Kazakhstan counterpart Yerlan Idrisov.

Russia and NATO had agreed that no excessive military presence was allowed on the territory of Eastern European countries.

Earlier this week, the United States said it had sent six F-15 fighters to patrol the Baltic, deployed a dozen F-16s to Poland and dispatched a guided-missile destroyer to the Black Sea.

Moscow would thoroughly monitor the presence of NATO warships in the Black Sea to ensure they did not exceed the agreed terms of staying in that area, Lavrov said.

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