The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite considers that the policy pursued by the Russian government, is a threat to the Baltic region and for Europe as a whole. The head of state said in an interview with Foreign Policy.
“Russia is a threat not only for Lithuania but for the whole region and the whole of Europe. We see how Russia is behaving in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on our borders. There they launched missiles that can carry a nuclear warhead, they can reach European capitals,” she said.
The interlocutor of the edition emphasized the necessity of presence on an ongoing basis of American troops in the Baltic region, as well as placing air defense systems. Grybauskaite noted that currently the us military are in Germany and in Western Europe. In her opinion, “the biggest threat” is concentrated in the countries of Eastern Europe.
The Lithuanian leader expressed his confidence in the American authorities, regardless of what administration is in the White house. “The US should not leave the international arena. If the US is to withdraw within their continent, there will be too much space that could take Russia”, – she said.
To a journalist’s question about the effect of sanctions, which, European countries and the United States imposed against Moscow, she said she sees no reason for the lifting of those restrictions because they are a measure of the response of the world community to the annexation of Crimea.
Latvia and other Baltic States regularly report on Russian military activity in the region. At the end of January, the Latvian military told about the passage of Russian naval ship a few miles from the territorial waters of the Republic. Also in late January, the patrol aircraft of NATO has noted the flight of “two fighters of the Russian Armed forces su-24 and An-26” over the Baltic sea. This su-24 is a bomber and the An-26 military transport aircraft.