Lithuanian authorities have brought Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) to advanced alert status, joinfo.ua reports. Such measures were triggered by the actions of the Russian Federation, namely, by increased activity of the Russian armed forces in the border areas.
"Since the end of last week, since Saturday we have observed increased activity of the Russian (armed) forces in the Kaliningrad region, as well as in the western part of the Russian Federation. Therefore it was decided to increase the combat readiness of our military in some terms. Namely, in terms of rapid response, as well as in terms of military tasks in peacetime," Vilmantas Tamoshaytis, Chief of the Joint Headquarters said.
Lithuanians say that the Russian military are showing increased activity on land and at sea and in the air.
The base reaction rate of the Lithuanian RRF is from two hours to one day. Now, with increased level of vigilance, they will be able to respond to military threats from the outside even faster.
"It means that our military units are ready to respond at very short notice. Their response rate was high anyway, but now some units are switched to the military barrack regime, so their response rate is very high," Tamoshaytis said.
The structure of the Lithuanian RRF includes two infantry battalions, logistics experts, military engineers, members of military aircraft and special operations, who took part in the international operation in Afghanistan some time ago. In total, the Lithuanian RRF has two and a half thousand well-trained military.
Previously, it was reported that NATO troops intercepted 9 Russian bombers over the Baltic States.