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Russia aims to destabilize Baltic States, - source
18:55, 3 April 2017
Russia aims to destabilize Baltic States, - source

Lithuanian authorities say there is a threat of the situation similar to the annexation of Crimea in Ukraine

18:55, 3 April 2017

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Russia attempts to create a false history that denies the Baltic states’ right to exist, with alarming parallels to its justifications for the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, Lithuanian officials say. This was reported by The Guardian.

“Russia is a threat. They are saying our capital Vilnius should not belong to Lithuania because between the first and second world wars it was occupied by Poland. It’s history of course, but Russia is using this pretext,” the Defence Minister, Raimundas Karoblis said.

Related: Kremlin accuses Lithuania of ‘hysteric Russophobia’

“There are now reports that Klaipėda, (Lithuania’s third largest city) never belonged to Lithuania; that it was the gift of Stalin after the Second World War. There are real parallels with Crimea’s annexation. We are speaking of a danger to the territorial integrity of Lithuania,” he added.

Earlier it was reported that Lithuania expects provocations during Russia-Belarus military training. 13 thousand soldiers will participate in “Zapad 2017” training in autumn.

Related: Lithuanian President about Crimea: Freedom may be occupied but not taken away

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