Baltic States will win if Russia attacks them, but will be destroyed, FM Kuleba warns


The Baltic states will win if Russia attacks them, but the Baltic cities will suffer the same fate as Bakhmut and Avdiivka, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with Elta, Delfi reported on March 9.

If Russia attacks the Baltic states, they "will bravely defend themselves against the enemy, while NATO will need several days to decide how to respond."

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"In the end, I think NATO will win," Kuleba said.

“But look at Bakhmut, look at Avdiivka – this is what the Baltic countries will look like after intense fighting. This is what your cities will look like. There will be no beautiful Vilnius.”

The diplomat stressed that the cheapest and safest way to avoid a war with Russia is to support Ukrainians fighting against Russian aggression.

Lithuania understands this, so it actively supports Ukraine, he said.

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"Others pretend they can avoid it," said Kuleba.

Intelligence agencies in some countries believe that Russia could start invading other countries, including NATO countries, within a decade.

The Financial Times reported in February, citing Ukrainian intelligence, that the Kremlin was preparing for a war against the Baltic states. Russia intends to double the number of its troops deployed along the border with the Baltic states and Finland.

Prior to that, the German newspaper Bild, citing its own sources in the intelligence services of a European country, reported that Russia might try to attack Europe in late 2024 or early 2025, when the United States would be "leaderless" and would be able to come to the aid of European states only after some delay.

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, said that civilians in the West should prepare for an "all-out war" with Russia.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said on Feb. 18 that Russia could attack NATO territory in five to eight years. He called on Europe and the Alliance to prepare for the "worst-case scenario."

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