US general calls on Russia for transparency during Zapad 2017 exercise

Ben Hodges
DELFI / Domantas Pipas

In his words, this should help ease the concerns over the training.

Speaking to journalists at the Lithuanian Defence Ministry on Wednesday morning, Hodges said Russia should invite a larger number of observers and media representatives to the exercise.

“I know there is an anxiety about the Russian exercise Zapad,” Hodges said. “I would call on the Russians to lower the anxiety through transparency. Russians have to invite media to see the exercise in the way West, NATO invites media to observe everything we do.”

“I would call on the Russians to invite media, invite observers not than just a minimum, required in Vienna protocol, but in a spirit of transparency and stability,” he added.

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