Latvian President Dalia Grybauskaite said that the countries of the Baltic States face a real threat from Russia which is already conducting an information war, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Delfi.
"With a changing geopolitical situation around our borders, we realized that the threats are very real. The threats are real for our whole region, all Baltic states, and our neighbourhood has become less predictable and more aggressive, I mean Russia," Grybauskaite said.
She recalled the increase in Russia's military activity in the Kaliningrad region in the Baltic Sea, in the airspace over the Baltic Sea, where the Russian military aircraft, according to her, are a real threat to civil aviation.
"We know the procedures in NATO. The rapid reaction forces can start to work at least from 72 hours. But our nations in the Baltics are quite small. We need to protect ourselves at least for these 72 or more hours," the Lithuanian president added.
"Already we are in the front line, and the first stage of confrontation is taking place: I mean the informational war, propaganda and cyber attacks. So we are already under attack. Will it be extended to conventional confrontation? Nobody knows. But already now we need to defend ourselves from this aggressive behavior," Grybauskaite said.