Tue Apr 4, 2017 1:36AM
Lithuanian army soldiers take part in an exercise following the official opening of a military training centre for urban warfare in Pabrade, Lithuania, on August 30, 2016. (Photos by AFP)
Lithuanian army soldiers take part in an exercise following the official opening of a military training centre for urban warfare in Pabrade, Lithuania, on August 30, 2016. (Photos by AFP)

Moscow says that a Lithuanian intelligence report claiming that Russia is a threat to the country in multiple ways is “hysterical Russophobia.”

On Monday, Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) released the report, which stated that Russia was capable of launching a surprise attack on Lithuania in 24 to 48 hours. It noted that Russia may also use an upcoming joint military drills with Belarus to provoke the country.

After its release, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the report was “another example of Russophobia, which is being imposed by actors inside [the three Baltic nations] and outside of them. A total, hysterical Russophobia.”

He stressed that Moscow had always sought good ties with the Baltic states and was regretful they did not reciprocate Russia's good intentions.

“It would take time and political will to cool down this propagandistic fervor and allow the peoples of those nations to have objective information,” he added.

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In the VSD report, Lithuanian intelligence officers had claimed that Russia was planning to use its Zapad 2017 war games with Belarus, which are to be held in September, as a source of provocation.

Russian military troops take part in a military drill on Sernovodsky polygon close to the Chechnya border, some 260 km from south Russian city of Stavropol, on March 19, 2015.

It also alleged that Russia was planning a surprise attack on the country in which the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad would be used to launch the attack.

“The signal of the report is that NATO and Lithuania must be prepared for a conflict in 24-48 hours. This is a signal to both NATO and us,” said Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis.