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Russian military transit through Lithuania is proceeding smoothly


That has been said by Defence Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ivanov in a letter dated 28 October 2004 to the Lithuanian Minister of Defence Linas Linkevičius.

The letter was an official reply to public comments made by the Russian Minister of Defence two weeks ago concerning obstacles in organising Russian military transit trough the territory of Lithuania.


In the letter it has been underlined that in accordance with data of 2003 and 2004, only some 0.34 percent of Russian military transport and 0.37 percent of military teams were refused entry.


Most entries are refused because of Russia's failure to comply with transit rules. Among most violations are late providing of information to Lithuanian institutions of planned arrival; arrival of transport not under agreed plans or military commands are not escorted by Russian troops. Most frequent reasons for detraining of single Russian military officers off transit trains in Lithuania are expired passports or absent travel documents.


The letter also suggests renewal of political-military bilateral consultations to discuss security, Euro-Atlantic relations, bilateral co-operation development and exchange of experience.





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