Nauseda said that part of the "Wagner" mercenaries are located near the border with Lithuania: a possible threat was analyzed
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that some fighters of the PMC "Wagner" were deployed near the Lithuanian state border. The head of the country emphasized that the presence of Wagner fighters in Belarus creates an additional risk factor for the security of his country.
Nauseda also urged partners to be on guard and prepare for all scenarios. This is reported by LRT.
According to Nauseda, the total number of PMC "Wagner" fighters in Belarus already exceeds 4 thousand people. At the same time, some of them are located close to the border of Lithuania. Nauseda emphasizes that their number in Belarus may increase and reach 10 thousand people.
"Part of the Wagner soldiers has approached our border, taking a position in the area of Gardina, which means that this situation is very convenient for organizing provocations both on the border of Poland and Belarus, as well as on the border of Lithuania and Belarus," Nauseda said.
Lithuanian President emphasized that his country had already taken appropriate measures. Border security has been strengthened. Moreover, plans for border protection, which provide for reinforcement of the army, have been prepared and updated. In addition, Nauseda said that the country's borders with Russia (Kaliningrad region) and Belarus should be strengthened further.
According to the president, Lithuania is monitoring the situation closely and is ready to take steps to counter all threats to its security, including the one coming from the militants of PMC Wagner.
"We can assess the intentions of their group in Belarus in different ways, but one thing is absolutely clear: it would be too tempting for both Putin and Lukashenko to use their presence nearby for possible provocations against NATO states," Nauseda said.
Two Belarusian helicopters, which were conducting exercises near the border, violated Polish airspace on August 1. They crossed the border near the Polish village of Belovezh. The helicopters were moving at a very low altitude, which made it difficult to detect them by radar systems.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL reported that propagandists from the "Russia-1" TV channel often speculate about hypothetical success on the front with NATO countries. State Duma deputy Kartapolov assessed the prospect of seizing control of the Suwalki corridor, which connects the borders of Lithuania and Poland.