Belarus is given the role of a “buffer” state in the Russian military doctrine.
Russia has consistently strengthened military facilities in the Kaliningrad region, but the additional NATO forces stationed in the Baltic region, and the growing national forces of the Baltic countries reduce the likelihood of a conflict, according to an annual threat assessment prepared by two Lithuanian special services - the Lithuanian State Security Department and the military intelligence.
“The military group stationed in the region is being consistently strengthened: the old one is being updated and new military infrastructure is being created, new military units are being formed, new armaments and military equipment are being supplied, intensive military training is being conducted on land and sea landfills of the region,” the document published on Tuesday says, Interfax reports.
According to the prepared threat assessment, the bordering on Lithuania Belarus is given the role of a “buffer” state in the Russian military doctrine - the Russian Federation uses the territory of the country to plan military operations and demonstrate military power, and deepening military integration and economic dependence reduces the ability of Minsk to implement independent defense and security policies.
According to the Lithuanian special services, by expanding the military presence in the Kaliningrad region, Russia increases the ability to conduct military operations within 24-48 hours from the moment the order was received.
On the other hand, the authors of the document emphasize that the increase in the national armed forces of the Baltic countries and the NATO capacities deployed in the region in the event of a military conflict will allow to avoid the wide involvement of NATO and reduce the likelihood of a conflict in the region.