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Yury Baluyevsky said that Russia would never withdraw its military contingent from the Kaliningrad region
Russian Chief of the General Staff Colonel-General Yury Baluyevsky said Wednesday that Russia would never withdraw its military contingent from the Kaliningrad region, an exclave on the Baltic Sea. "Any further expansion of the military contingent in the Kaliningrad region is counterproductive, unnecessary, and has no prospects," Baluyevsky said after command-and-staff exercises of the Baltic Fleet. "But we will never fully demilitarize the area, no matter how much someone may want this." "The presence of a Russian military contingent in the Kaliningrad region is a symbol of Russian sovereignty in an area that is practically squeezed between NATO countries," he said. According to Baluyevsky, confrontation with NATO is unproductive and Russia should, instead, cooperate with the alliance to counteract terrorism, drug-trafficking and illegal migration. "NATO does not pose a direct threat to us," he said. "They understand that they should join efforts with Russia."
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