NewsLithuania urges NATO to respond decisively to Russian hybrid threats

Lithuania urges NATO to respond decisively to Russian hybrid threats

Russia is not hiding it anymore. "A clear signal must be sent to Moscow"
Russia is not hiding it anymore. "A clear signal must be sent to Moscow"
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Paulina Antoniak

25 June 2024 15:11

Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabrielius Landsbergis, emphasized that "hybrid attacks are also intensifying in NATO countries." The politician mentioned that member countries should make it "clear to Moscow" that it can expect an immediate response in the event of an escalation of conflict.

Russian hybrid warfare conducted against Western countries providing aid to Ukraine has many different dimensions and encompasses a wide range of activities and areas.

Among the most important are cyberattacks on information services, disruption of GPS signals threatening the safety of civil aviation, propaganda campaigns, sending groups of migrants to the borders of EU states, and various acts of sabotage (e.g., arson).

"Hybrid attacks are also intensifying in NATO countries," said the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

Lithuanian foreign minister: "A clear message" must be sent to Moscow

Gabrielius Landsbergis stated that a "clear message" must be sent to Moscow that a decisive response will follow an escalation of conflict.

We have to be very clear what we are going to do about it, and unfortunately I don't think that we are sending the right message yet. Moscow must get a clear message that whenever they escalate they will receive an answer from our side, said the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg.

In April, the NATO Review portal assessed that "hybrid warfare seems to have become an integral part of Moscow's policy vis-à-vis the West." The Kremlin aims to influence public discourse, shake the sense of security in Western societies, create destabilisation, or inspire a sense of threat.

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