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2020.02.07 12:19

Russian Embassy calls Lithuania's national security report ‘medical history’

The Russian Embassy has slammed Lithuania's recent intelligence report, saying its authors label “with manic persistence” anything that is linked to Russia a threat to national security.

The annual National Threat Assessment, published by the State Security Department (VSD) and military intelligence (AOTD) this week, has warned about Russian intelligence targeting tourists and Russian energy companies pushing to maintain a grip on the Baltic energy markets.

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“The document leaves an unpleasant impression and reminds of a medical history,” reads the Russian Embassy's statement sent to LRT.lt.

According to the Embassy, the report deems something a threat to national security simply because it has or is assumed to have a link to Russia.

The report is used to intimidate expatriate organisations, too, the Embassy claims.

“Those who do not follow the norms and rules set by the VSD are subjected to intimidation, detentions, are investigated, face public censure,” the Russian Embassy says, adding that similar “educational practices” are familiar from “recent history”.

The National Threat Assessment claims that recently introduced free visas to Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg allow Russian intelligence to target tourists for information.

Moreover, the report details activities of a Russian intelligence agent in Lithuania and warns about military build-up in Kaliningrad.

The Chinese Embassy has, too, criticised the intelligence report which warns about cybersecurity, espionage and military threats emanating from Beijing.

Lithuanian intelligence bodies published the yearly National Threat Assessment report on Tuesday:
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