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Russia maintains training tempo after NATO rebuffs “offer” to freeze drills

12th May 2020 - 18:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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Russia will conduct military training exercises as scheduled for the rest of 2020, after officials said NATO rejected a suggestion to mutually halt drills in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the office of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia had offered to suspend all military training during the pandemic if NATO was prepared to follow suit.  

Sources at the Russian MoD and foreign ministry told Shephard that they wanted exercises in the Baltic and Black Sea regions to be suspended as a matter of priority.

Lavrov’s office claimed the Russian initiative was rejected by NATO as a propaganda stunt

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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