A senior diplomat from a NATO member state said that the North Atlantic Military Alliance plans to discuss ways to deter Russia at its summit next week.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told Reuters In an interview published on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be using the Belarusian border crisis to distract other operations and cause regional instability.
The immigration crisis at the border involves thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa trying to cross the border into EU member states that border Belarus, such as Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania. As reported by the New York TimesIt seems that this crisis was mainly created by the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, in order to disturb the European Union.
Landsbergis told Reuters: “To create all these tactical instability on the border, let all of us pay 100% attention to these issues, Putin may be prepared to take strategic action,” he said that it is not clear about Russia. Whether the next move “will be a military operation” against Ukraine…because of the limited scale in 2014. “
“It’s hard to determine the impact and their thinking right now,” he added after a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
At the same time that the Belarusian border crisis broke out, the United States also issued a warning “Unusual Russian military activity” The proximity to the Ukrainian border has raised concerns that Russia may try to invade the country, just as it did when it annexed Crimea in 2014.
Russia has responded to these claims, saying that it can deploy troops in its territory at will.
NATO, of which Russia is not a member, will hold a meeting next week in Riga, the capital of Latvia. According to Landsbergis, the topic of recent Russian military activities is likely to dominate the conference.