NATO, Russia set to clash over 'unsafe' Baltic military jet maneuvers

NATO, Russia set to clash over 'unsafe' Baltic military jet maneuvers”

Russian Federation had in particular provided numbers of its soldiers, planes and ships involved in the Zapad ("West") war games in Russian Federation and Belarus in September, Stoltenberg said.

A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Thursday is expected to focus on measures to reduce tensions and risks after recent incidents involving maneuvering by warplanes flying over the Baltic Sea.

He again stressed that the Minsk agreements provide the best chance of a solution to the conflict, but they need to be implemented.

Stoltenberg said the security situation in Afghanistan - "which remains challenging" - was on the agenda during Thursday's meeting.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Russian Federation also briefed one another on upcoming military exercises - Russia's Zapad-2017 and NATO's Exercise Trident Javelin 2017. "They help to limit the risk of misunderstanding, miscalculation and unintended escalation", said the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday welcomed Russian reassurances about a major upcoming military exercise that has deeply anxious the allies, but warned Moscow must live up to its commitments.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said last month it tracked three Russian aircraft over the sea, including two jets which it said did not respond to air traffic control or requests to identify themselves.

"It is a dialogue that can continue at future meetings of this Council", Stoltenberg also said, adding that these "voluntary exchanges do not substitute for the mandatory transparency required under the Vienna Document".

The Russian side briefed the participants in the NATO-Russia Council meeting on the upcoming Zapad-2017 exercise and in particular, on the number of airplanes and ships and separately, the number of Russian and Belarusian troops engaged in the exercise, Stoltenberg said.

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