12:57 Apr. 28, 2016
Frontier guards train to react to sudden invasion and detain suspicious foreigners
Unusual tactical military drills unfold at the border of Lithuania and Russia this Thursday, April 28th. Customs patrol officers at the Kenos border crossing are training to counter-act suspicious activity.
The subject of this exercise is " a previously unknown militant foreign team enters Lithuania on a transit train headed to Russia's Kaliningrad region. During the border control at Kenos checkpoint, random citizens start sudden unrest, thus provoking the Lithuanian border guards. This will lead to several people escaping the train."
Lithuanian law enforcement officers are supposed to operatively find the fugitives with the assistance of the ground forces.
The exercises are supposed to improve the locating and detaining tactics, as well as enhance reaction to an unexpected military invasion.
Along with the interior forces, Baltic region is set to accept regular troops from the Visegrád Four (V4). On Wednesday. April 27th, Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia reached a political agreement to each send a unit of soldiers to the Baltics beginning in 2017 within the framework of the measures aimed at increasing NATO's presence in the region.
Russia immediately accused its Baltic neighbours of stirring up anti-Russian feelings.
"Lithuanian media actively stir this Russophobic hysteria, frighten people with scary devious Russia and try to focus public attention on some threat," said Russia's Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Mariya Zakharova claiming intensely that Russia itself did everything possible to support peace in the neighbouring states.
As Reuters reported, two of the U.S. Air Force's most advanced fighter jets landed in Lithuania for the first time on Wednesday, April 27th, in a move designed to show support for the region worried by Russian military maneuvers.
Earlier this week two other U.S. fighters arrived in Romania for the same reason.