Belarusian military drills close to the Lithuanian border pose no direct threat and do not require any specific response, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday.
“We don’t see any direct military threat,” Karoblis told the Žinių Radijas radio. “How do we have to react? Calmly, I think, because the escalating actions on the part of Belarus are directed inwards, towards propaganda messages.”
“There are no threats that would require a specific military response,” he said.
Karoblis noted that Belarus had merely brought forward its planned military drills near Grodno, in the western part of the country.
Amid continuing mass protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, the Belarusian president warned about “NATO’s threat” on Sunday and the neighbouring country’ Defence Ministry said it was launching military drills close to the Lithuanian border on Monday.