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NATO in the Baltic States is on alert

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Political situation in Belarus has made its neighbouring countries nervous. Though the relationship between Belarus and the Baltic States are still neutral, some tension has been present for the last decades. The countries willingly trade and cooperate in the field of culture, but the development of their security systems and armed forces go in opposite directions. The Baltic States have been relying on NATO while Belarus cooperates with Russia.

Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday ordered his defence minister to take "stringent measures" to defend the country's territorial integrity. He said that NATO troops were "seriously stirring" near borders with Belarus and ordered his troops into full combat readiness.

NATO has rejected accusations by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that it was deploying forces to that country's western frontiers, but said it was keeping a close eye on events there.

It is known that NATO deployed its Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups in Latvia, Lithuania and in Poland which boder Belarus. These battle groups, led by Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, are multinational, combat-ready and are aimed to demonstrate the strength of the transatlantic bon. And they really demonstrate their abilities by conducting a lot of military exercises and maneuvers. The question arises if their aim is a real only a demonstration or they are ready to use their skills.

The training activity of these groups are very high just now. At the same time NATO officials periodically underline that any claims about a NATO buildup on the border with Belarus are baseless. "NATO does not pose a threat to Belarus and has no military buildup in the region," Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement on Monday as public protests continued to roil Belarus. "We remain vigilant, strictly defensive," Stoltenberg said. "We support a sovereign and independent Belarus."

Unfortunately, words do not coincided with the actions. Not only high intensity of military activity, but its type causes concern. Thus, the Baltic Sniper Concentration was held last week in Latvia. Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia with NATO Battlegroup Estonia and NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania participated in the exercise together with Latvian troops. Snipers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia met last week for the the exercise to test snipers' sniper skills in all areas, with an emphasis on tactical sniper and field-craft skills.

Throughout the sniper competition, participants were tested in a variety of conditions and environments, these included engaging targets by day and night using day scopes, thermal scopes and night vision equipment against moving targets in urban settings and rural field firing.

It is well known that such specialists are widely involved during hybrid operations. NATO actually warns Belarus with such activity. Thus, it is hard to talk about honesty and openness of NATO-Belarus dialogue.

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