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2017.04.04 08:48

State Security on threats posed by Russia

Algirdas Acus 2017.04.04 08:48

Lithuanian State Security Department said on Monday in Vilnius that Russia has developed the capacities to launch an attack on the Baltic States with as little as 24 hours' notice.

The Lithuanian intelligence service said in its annual threat assessment that Russia had upgraded its military capacities in the Kaliningrad region last year, reducing lead times for any attack and potentially preventing NATO reinforcements.
 

‘The main aim of Russian command is to have military capabilities that would enable military operation without any evident preparation time and limiting to a minimum opportunities of the opponent to respond effectively’, said Remigijus Baltrėnas who heads Intelligence Department under Ministry of Defence.


This year NATO is deploying a force of about 1,000 soldiers in each of the Baltic States and Poland, in addition to smaller contingents of the U.S. troops already in the region.


‘Probably the first task now is not a physical increase of soldiers in the Baltic region’, commented Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis and stressed that priority for Lithuania now should be air defence.
 

The Intelligence said there was also the risk of deliberate or accidental incidents involving Russian and Belarusian troops who are taking part in military exercises Zapad 2017 planned for September.
The Baltic States have previously said they would press the United States and NATO to take additional security measures in the region ahead of the exercises.
 

Officers of Intelligence before the presser
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

REMIGIJUS BALTRĖNAS, Director of the Second Investigation Department under Ministry of National Defence:

Russia would have capabilities to start combat operations within 24-48 hours against the Baltic States. The main aim of Russian command is to have military capabilities that would enable military operation without any evident preparation time and limiting to minimum opportunities of the opponent to respond effectively.
 

Cutaway
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

REMIGIJUS BALTRĖNAS, Director of the Second Investigation Department under Ministry of National Defence:

This year the main military focus in defence field is Russian drills Zapad 2017, nevertheless one should not forget that all this involves a broad spectre of tools, therefore activity will be seen in information space, in cyber space and in frontal forces deployment provocations and everywhere else.
 

Minister of defence talking
 

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

RAIMUNDAS KAROBLIS, Minister of Defence:

Probably the first task now is not a physical increase of soldiers in the Baltic region, counting from the current numbers. There are 1200 in NATO battalion, adding those who participate in the drills on a regular basis, we have some 2000 (NATO) soldiers altogether. Probably the most important aim for us now is air defence and other measures.