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Latvian Defense Minister: Russia Poses No Threat to Baltic States

19.02.2015 17:22

Russia is currently not a threat to the countries in the Baltic region, but could possibly use conventional or hybrid warfare, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis said Thursday.

"I can say that me being the minister of defense of the Republic of Latvia, we don't see these threats," Vejonis said during an informal meeting of defense ministers in the Latvian capital of Riga. He added that Russia may in the future use a conventional or hybrid type of warfare against other countries and that NATO and European Union countries need to be prepared to react to all probable scenarios. "We are ready and we will be ready," he said.

Earlier in February, NATO announced that its Rapid Response Force would be increased from 13,000 to 30,000 military personnel, and six new command posts would be created in NATO states close to Russia.