The Russian delegation did not listen to the speech of the President of Lithuania at the UN General Assembly
The Russian delegation at the UN General Assembly left the hall before the speech of the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite is one of the most consistent and sharp critics of Russia. Information was confirmed by the Chairman of the Duma Committee on international Affairs, member of delegation Leonid Slutsky, who was in the hall, reports RIA “Novosti”.
Before the Lithuanian leader rose on Tuesday on the podium of the General Assembly, their seats left and Slutsky, first Deputy permanent representative to the UN, Peter Ilichev, reports TASS.
On Monday, Grybauskaite held a meeting with the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres. As reported the press service of the head of state, she informed the Secretary General “of the actions of Russia near the borders of Lithuania, the security situation in the region and the threat to humanity posed by the exercise “Zapad-2017″.
In his speech at the General Assembly of the Lithuanian President has followed this line, stating that using the exercises, Russia is preparing to attack Western countries. According to her, in the exercises “West-2017″ attended by about 100 thousand Russian military personnel, “the Kremlin fulfills scenario of an attack on its neighbors, attacks on the West”.
The defense Ministry earlier stressed that the version of the impending exercise “bridgehead for the occupation” of Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine has nothing to do with reality. In the Belarusian defense Ministry added that under the conditional means real opponents are not members of NATO.
According to official data, the exercise involved a lot less military – 7.2 thousand troops from Belarus, and about 5.5 thousand. In Germany before the start of the exercise assumed that this is done in order not to invite observers from NATO.