Russia expecting NATO answers on leaked secret plans

Moscow is seeking explanations from NATO after the release of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks that say the alliance has drawn up secret plans to defend the Baltic states.

Russia expecting NATO answers on leaked secret plans

Moscow is seeking explanations from NATO after the release of U.S. diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks that say the alliance has drawn up secret plans to defend the Baltic states, news agencies quoted Russia's foreign minister as saying.

Britain's Guardian newspaper, citing cables obtained by WikiLeaks, reported on Tuesday that NATO decided earlier this year, at the urging of the United States and Germany, to draft contingency plans for the former Soviet states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

"Naturally, we have questions in connection with the leaks by WikiLeaks," Itar-TASS quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

"We have asked (NATO) these questions and are expecting answers to them. We think we are entitled to that," Interfax added him as saying.

On Tuesday Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin said he had sent a letter to the alliance's leadership demanding an explanation. He said Russia would ask NATO to annul its defence plan if the leaked information in the cables was correct.

The 28-member military alliance said earlier this week it did not discuss the contents of confidential documents or defence plans.

Last month NATO and Moscow agreed to cooperate on missile defence and other security issues at a major summit in Lisbon, hailing them as a "historic step" amid an overall thaw in Russia's relations with the West referred to as the "reset".


Reuters

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