US nervously eyes Russia and Belarus in the wake of the forthcoming joint military exercise


August 30th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –


Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė said that American naval units will soon arrive in the Baltic Sea to observe the forthcoming Russian-Belarussian joint strategic military exercise Zapad 2017, which will be held between September 14th and 20th in Belarus, with participation of 12700 soldiers, 70 aircrafts and helicopters, and 680 combat vehicles, 250 tanks including. 

“The United States is carrying out its obligations to defend Lithuania ahead of the start of the Zapad 2017 military exercise. The US forces are to be deployed in the Baltic sea, while the NATO air force mission in Lithuania will be reinforced”, the Press Office of the Lithuanian Presidential Palace quoted Dalia Grybauskaitė as saying during a meeting with a delegation from the US Congress.

On Tuesday, seven US F-15C Eagle fighter jets landed in Siauliai air base in northern Lithiuania.

According to the Ministry, on September 1st, the NATO air force mission leadership in three Baltic States will be taken over by US air force from the UK Lakenheath base.

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