Despite a number of recent warnings that Russia could be on the warpath, NATO sees no signs that Moscow is poised to order an invasion of the Baltic states, one of the US-led military bloc’s top officials has revealed as tensions mount in Eastern Europe.
Speaking to reporters in Vilnius on Monday, the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, weighed in on whether Moscow is planning to launch an offensive against the northeastern European nations.
“If you look at the posture of Russian troops in Belarus, then yes, you have to consider militarily, whether it is a threat to the Baltic states and, more particularly, to Lithuania,” he said.
“But then, of course, you have to look at the intent as well,” he added. “Is there [any] indication that the Russians or Belarus have an intention to hurt the Baltic states, and particularly Lithuania?”
According to Bauer, NATO does not see Moscow’s “intent” to strike, nor does the organization “expect an attack on NATO soil by Russia – either directly or via Belarus.”