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Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Warsaw, Poland August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel


WARSAW (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance would closely watch Moscow's military exercises in Belarus and western Russia next month, urging transparency and a commitment to international agreements.

Stoltenberg spoke in Poland on a visit to check on the deployment of the U.S.-led alliance's forces in the country's east.

"We are going to be watching very closely the course of these exercises," Stoltenberg told journalists after meeting Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, referring to Russia's Zapad military manoeuvres planned mid-September.

"All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent."

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly and Agnieszka Barteczko; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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