The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite. This time the reason for the attack on Russia became the Russian-Belarusian exercises “West-2017”. They are now in landfills Belarus, Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Pskov regions, and participation in them will accept more than 12 thousand military.
In the Baltic countries and Ukraine seemingly peaceful and harmless exercises caused a panic. Against this background, Grybauskaite added fuel to the fire, stating to the UN Secretary General, antónio Guterres, it is a real rehearsal of an attack on NATO countries. Therefore, there is a threat to the security of the region and the world in General.
Despite numerous statements of the Russian defense Ministry that the maneuvers are purely defensive in nature and on the preparation of the so-called “bridgehead for the occupation of Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine” there is no question.
Grybauskaite have on this account their opinion. She expresses concealing the scale of the exercise: “are Concentrated in the Kaliningrad region, nuclear weapons, artillery and missiles capable of reaching even Lisbon.”
“MK” has found out from experts, have with our neighbors a real reason for concern?
– There is no reason to suspect Russia in the development of mechanisms of aggression in connection with the exercises “West-2017”, – said political analyst Dmitry Orlov. – This is evidenced by the very military part, and the openness of the exercise to Western diplomats and armies, and the relative scarcity of population. And there is Russian military strategy that is purely defensive in nature. There is a part of the elites in the Baltic countries, which seek to interpret any action of Russia as aggressive.
The fact that Lithuania has traditionally demonize the image of Russia, not a secret. But today’s statement Gibowski there are two bizarre moment.
– First, representatives from Lithuania were invited and accepted invitations to attend the maneuvers, – said senior researcher of the sector of European economies Centre for European studies, IMEMO RAS Vladimir olenchenko. The Ministry of defence of Lithuania, Lithuanians, Swedes, poles, Finns — there are a lot of people. And secondly, she was not empowered to speak on behalf of NATO. On behalf of NATO can talk to heads of committees, for example, the military. And in the hierarchy of the block Grybauskaite — the simple President of a country. And statements little educated and self-serving. They do not Express the position of NATO and other countries. Its main motive is to Express anti-Russian stance and to draw attention to Lithuania. She’s in a different interview varies a thought — if Lithuania will not Express themselves in the international arena, it will be forgotten.