Russia currently lacks resources to invade the Baltics — Lithuania

Arvydas Anušauskas
Arvydas Anušauskas

Moscow’s capacity to incite an armed conflict with the Baltic states is currently limited due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Lithuania’s Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said on Jan. 18, reported by public broadcaster LRT.

Anusauskas said that Russia has deployed nearly all its land forces in Ukraine.

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He noted that Moscow still maintains other forces near the Baltic countries, including aviation, missiles, tactical nuclear weapons, and a navy. However, without a significant part of its land troops, Russia cannot effectively carry out any provocations with these military assets.

“When it comes to Russia's preparations in our region, everyone notices that Russia has devoted all the potential of its ground forces to Ukraine, moved them to the front,” said Anusauskas.

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“In this case, it has other forces on our side—aviation, missiles, tactical nuclear weapons, navy, but it does not have the potential of a large part of the ground forces, and with those remote means it cannot fully carry out any provocations. This is a fact.”

Latvian President Egils Levits previously asserted that while his country's membership in NATO and the European Union provides the best security guarantees in the world, Latvia needs to implement "concrete measures" to counter the Russian threat.

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German newspaper Bild, citing intelligence sources, reported that Russia may attempt to attack Europe towards the end of 2024 or early 2025, when the United States could be paralyzed by a chaotic presidential election.

On Dec. 6, 2023, U.S. President Joe Biden warned that Russia would attack NATO countries if it succeeded in conquering Ukraine.

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