General Anatoly Sidorov, head of Russian Western Military District, said the latest NATO movements point to the first phase of a hybrid war.
He said the first stage is the destabilization of Russian internal politics with political and economic methods, Interfax reported.
“The anti-Russian bearing by Baltic states' military-political leadership has allowed the deployment of the US third mechanized division' elite units totaling up to 1,000 people on the territory of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,” he said at a military history conference.
He said that an information campaign is taking place in the region, aiming to strengthen anti-Russian sentiment.
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