Moscow warns NATO expansion towards Russia
The Iron Sword exercises involving military forces from 11 NATO countries that started on November 20 have entered its active phase as the troops rehearse urban warfare and collective actions, TASS reports, citing the Lithuanian military.
The troops taking part in the drills are expected to carry out military tasks in multinational battalions, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. The exercises will take place on two military training grounds in Pabrade and Rukla.
In response, Moscow criticized NATO for its expansion toward Russian borders and denounced it as “a truly aggressive bloc,” adding that it has “every sovereign right to take necessary measures throughout the territory of the Russian Federation.”