The press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov called the report of Lithuanian special forces about possible provocations during Russia-Belarus military training a ‘manifestation of hysterical Russophobia’. This was reported by TASS.
“If this information is true, I emphasize, this is probably another manifestation of Russophobia, which is imposed both in the Baltic countries and externally. It’s an absolute Russophobia, hysterical Russophobia,” he said.
Peskov suggested that such rhetoric hardly corresponds to the interests of the peoples of these countries and Russian-speaking population. "Moscow has always been for maintaining good relations with the Baltic countries, and we always regret seeing such Russophobic manifestations," the Russian leader's spokesman concluded.
“Probably, it takes time and it is necessary to have a political will to lower this propagandistic anti-Russian flow and to provide the people of these countries with objective information,” he added.
Earlier it was reported that Lithuanian special forces expect provocations during joint military training of Russia and Belarus scheduled for autumn. This was stated in the annual report of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania.
The document states that Russia remains the greatest threat to Lithuania, in particular, because of the concentration of Russian military forces at the Lithuanian border and the conduct of intelligence operations. Due to this, Lithuanian special forces say that an armed conflict with NATO could be included in the scenario of such military exercises.