: Grybauskaite: We have to take Putin's paranoia seriously

17:36 Jul. 11, 2016

Grybauskaite: We have to take Putin's paranoia seriously

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite attends a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo)

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The West has to take 'Putin's paranoia' seriously, as the Russian president considers all post-Soviet countries his property. That's according to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite who has recently given an interview to Spiegel, Yevropeiska Pravda reports.

Grybauskaite stated she did not exclude the possibility of Russia attacking the Baltic states after the Crimea annexation.

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"Putin's idea is to return all states of the former Soviet Union under Russia's influence," the Lithuanian president said. "He wants to restore the old Russia's former size. This is his paranoia, and we have to take it seriously."

Grybauskaite added Kremlin is using military means, propaganda, economic pressure where it sees weak points.

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