Defence minister: Lithuania keeping close eye on Russia exercises

Juozas Olekas
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

“We see a lot of their exercises. We are keeping a close watch on what is going on and we are always ready (…) I have no information today on any scrambling of NATO planes (…). We see activity but I would not say that it’s more intensive than we have seen recently,” Minister Juozas Olekas told BNS on Saturday.

On Friday, fighter jets guarding the Baltic airspace as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission were scrambled to accompany a Russian plane.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the exercises will involve the Baltic navy as well as land and air forces.

The training event is held amid a recent rise in tension between Moscow and the West over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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