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On Russian military activity

Today Russia is seen as a serious military threat in the West, especially in Eastern Europe, which is close to Russian borders. Therefore any Moscow actions, related to military affairs, get special attention in Baltic states.

Now top question are coming joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus “Zapad 2017”. They will take place in autumn. What is interesting, before that in June one of the most powerful warships in Russian Navy – atomic cruiser “Peter the Great” – will go to Kronstadt (sea port close to Sankt-Petersburg), what means that it will be very close to the territory of Baltic states.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said, that such actions as “Zapad 2017” exercises have negative effect on the European security and raise the risk of unexpected incidents. Lithuanian intelligence on its turn said that Russia can start the war against Baltic countries in 24-48 hours and warned about possible provocations on the border of Baltic states and Poland during these exercises.

To be short, political-informational discourse in Lithuania, related to Russian military activity, remains very negative. The main unofficial idea is that Russia can start the war against Baltic countries any time, and during its military exercises (especially such as “Zapad”, which take place in Baltic region) Moscow supposedly trains its ability to do that (maybe, will start an attack at once after them).

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