Lithuanian National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas has warned that Russia may resort to provocations because of the existing Kaliningrad transit restrictions, adding, however, that Lithuania and NATO allies are closely watching the situation in the region and are ready to react.
Russia may resort to provocations as its army is run by "morons" – Lithuanian defmin
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"When you have military forces and they are led by morons, pardon my French, of course you can expect anything, but we are realistic, we have allies, we see the general picture in the Baltic Sea, we know what measures we can take. So, in this case I am calm about our possibilities," Anusauskas told reporters at the Seimas on Wednesday when asked whether Russia's threats of serious consequences for Lithuania were completely empty.

"Of course, if the other side resorts to provocations, which is possible, we won't be able to predict it", he added.

Speaking on Tuesday, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, said Russia's response "will have a serious negative impact on the population of Lithuania.

Anusauskas called that disinformation and threats.

"We will not feel it. The biggest change we have already felt is the consequences of the war Russia started in Ukraine, including refugees and economic matters. We have felt that and that is the result of their aggressive policy," the minister said.

In his words, cyber attacks are the only tool Moscow has at its disposal,. He called the ongoing discussions in Russia about blocking the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda a speculation that has "no chance and no possibility".

Moscow blames Lithuania, as a transit country, for the recently-imposed restrictions on steel and ferrous metals transit to Russia, but Lithuanian officials say they are only implementing the existing EU sanctions imposed in response to the Kremlin's invasion in Ukraine.

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