This week, the Lithuanian authorities represented by the Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas presented a new manual entitled "How to act in extreme situations or instances of war", Newsweek writes. It is reported that the hasty release of the book was prompted by "the threat of a Russian invasion."
The book consisting of nearly 100 pages will be distributed in secondary schools, public libraries and non-governmental organizations. According to the official, an e-book version will soon appear on the website of the Ministry. Olekas noted that the manual is particularly important due to "Russia"s recurring aggression against its neighbors – presently in Ukraine."
Among other things, the Lithuanian manual raises the topic of the so-called "hybrid war". According to the publication, the Ukrainian government uses this term to describe Russia"s tactics in its country. Thus, the Ukrainian government has repeatedly said that Moscow not only conducts "hidden" military operations, but also skews the news agenda to misinform the east Ukrainian people about the causes of the conflict and refers to the Ukrainian government as an "illegitimate… Kyiv junta."
The Newsweek writes that recently Russian president Vladimir Putin has adopted a "similar rhetoric" about pro-European protesters in Kyiv, Lithuania and its Baltic neighbors. During his visit to Serbia, Putin said that "open neo-nazism" had become "commonplace" for the Baltics.
Unlike Latvia and Estonia, the number of the Russian population in Lithuania is relatively small and is about 6%. However, its common border with the Kaliningrad region, where "one of the biggest military bases" of Russia is located, as well as its participation in NATO "has raised its geographical significance" to Moscow. In fact, "NATO has an airbase near the Lithuanian city of Siauliai from which NATO air police patrol flights take off and land."