Wednesday 28 September 2016

Nato irked by Russian exercises

Dean Gray, Bucharest

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

Mr Vershbow insists Nato wants to 'develop a more
stringent regime to increase transparency' (Stock photo)
Mr Vershbow insists Nato wants to 'develop a more stringent regime to increase transparency' (Stock photo)

Russia is straining its relationship with Nato by holding unannounced military exercises, said the Western military alliance's deputy secretary general.

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Russia had staged large drills with no advance notification with increasing frequency, said Alexander Vershbow.

He said there had been about a dozen in the past two years, and that Russia's drills are allowed by a loophole in a security agreement signed with Western countries. Mr Vershbow insists Nato wants to "develop a more stringent regime to increase transparency.

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