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NATO should strengthen the defense of the Baltic States, placing in the region of the American anti-missile complexes Patriot. About it the newspaper Corriere della Sera said the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite.
According to her, the air defense of the Alliance needs to be strengthened. “The Patriot can be installed on submarines or in the territory of Lithuania,” said Grybauskaite.
According to her, Russia performs daily aggression against Lithuania. “There is an unconventional war. Only in 2017 they made 15 thousand cyber attacks against our economic and energy infrastructure, and interference in our domestic politics has been strengthened,” said she.
“Moscow is building a nuclear reactor (the Belarusian nuclear power plant — approx. “Of the tape.ru”) in Belarus only 40 kilometers from Vilnius, the most densely populated part of our country. It is a tool of geopolitical threats and pressure. The one who is far away [from Russia], may ignore the danger, but not us. We remember the brutal and illegal occupation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine”, — said the President of Lithuania.
According to Grybauskaite, the Baltic States and Poland feel threatened aggression, especially “in the face of repeated exercises of the Russian army at our borders and in the Baltic sea, cyber-attacks and militarization of the Kaliningrad enclave.” “We are under increasing siege by Russia. European unity and NATO remains the fundamental bastions of our survival,” she added.
In June the President of Lithuania said that the country is ready to defend itself in case of military invasion of Russia. The threat of invasion Grybauskaite praised as “significant” and noted that Western countries are Russia too soft and underestimate the threat.
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