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Former NATO chief warns of Russian intent in Baltics

Anders Fogh Rasmussen/EPA.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who until last September was NATO Secretary General, warned that Russia was likely to attempt a Ukraine-style provocation in the Baltic states, LSM reported.

Speaking to the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper, the former Danish Prime Minister said:

“There is a high probability that he will intervene in the Baltics to test NATO’s Article 5... Putin knows that if he crosses the red line and attacks a NATO ally, he will be defeated. Let us be quite clear about that. But he is a specialist in hybrid warfare.”

Article 5 is NATO's collective defense agreement which is intended to mean that an attack on one member state is treated as an attack on all.

However, the 'hybrid' model favored by Russia's current government, which uses tools such as cyber-attacks, propaganda campaigns and the use of so-called "little green men" and military equipment bearing no insignia attempts to muddy the waters of what constitutes an attack.

Rasmussen was a frequent visitor to the Baltic states during his stint as NATO Secretary General from 2009-2014, most notbly during the Steadfast Jazz drills of 2013 which rehearsed a NATO response to an invading neighbor.

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