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Russian foreign minister: Baltic states' claims about Russian threat absurd

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. Source: (TASS/Scanpix)

Claims regarding Russia being a threat to the Baltic countries are groundless and absurd, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said.

"Periodic statements made by Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn about Russia being a threat to the identity of the Baltic countries and having some sort of aggressive thoughts regarding them are absurd and absolutely unfounded," Lavrov said answering questions of the readers of Russian newspaper Argumenty i Fakty.

According to Lavrov, legends about Russia being a threat are spread in the Baltic countries to solve domestic problems, but also to mobilize voters by creating the image of a foreign enemy.

Lavrov said that Russia is open to promoting mutually beneficial cooperation and neighborly relations with Baltic countries.

The foreign minister also once again reproached the Baltic countries for the alleged discrimination and humanitarian situation of their Russian-speaking populations which, in his words, is supported by suggestions made by international organizations.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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