August 05, 15:28 UTC+3
As was reported earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry had turned with an
initiative to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Poland to hold
consultations on security in the Baltic region
MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/.
Russia’s Defense Ministry has proposed to its counterparts from the Baltic
states to discuss both the use of transponders by combat aircraft and
interaction with NATO, Head of the Defense Ministry’s Main Directorate for
International Military Cooperation Sergei Koshelev said on Friday.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister
Linas Linkevicius said earlier that the flights by NATO’s and Russia’s
warplanes over the Baltic Sea with switched-on transponders wouldn’t improve
security in the region. As Koshelev said, the Russian Defense Ministry drew
attention to the fact that Linkevicius "highlighted only one element of
the Russian initiative on reducing tension in the Baltics."
"Aside from the issue
of transponders, the Russian Defense Ministry is proposing to discuss a wide
range of issues, from interaction with NATO to the joint response to common
challenges and threats," Koshelev said.
The Russian Defense Ministry
had sent the relevant proposal to the defense ministries of Latvia, Lithuania,
Estonia, Poland, Sweden and Finland, Koshelev said.
As the Russian defense
official said, Russia’s Defense Ministry expects an official response from the
partners to the Russian proposals "as communication through the media
won’t allow promptly eliminating existing disagreements."
As was reported earlier, the
Russian Defense Ministry had turned with an initiative to Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Finland, Sweden and Poland to hold consultations on security in the
Russian President Vladimir
Putin said at a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in
early July that Russia supported Finland’s proposal on banning flights over the
Baltics with switched-off transponders.