Thursday, February 18 2016 18:38 EET
NATO official accused Russia of unleashing a hybrid war with Latvia
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NATO plans to deploy additional units in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria.

Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre Janis Sarts accused Russia of unleashing a hybrid war with Latvia.

He noted this in the "Morning panorama" on the Latvian television channel LTV1, reported.

"The situation has worsened. We start to watching it [hybrid war], not only in Ukraine but also in the Baltic States, Central Europe and Scandinavia. It should be understood that a hybrid war can lead to real combat actions", Sarts said.

As an example of the Russian aggression Sarts referred to "propagandistic projects of RT and Sputnik." Alliance official said that his agency would monitor activity of the "pro-Russian sites", and advised the Latvians to ignore them.

On February, 9, The Daily Telegraph reported on fears of NATO leaders. In their opinion, Moscow can organize a hybrid war or a full-scale invasion of the Baltic States, as well as of the countries of Eastern and Southern Europe. In this connection it is planned to send additional military units to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. Their main forces may be made up with the US, the UK, and Germany’s militaries equipped with mobile air defenses.

On February, 3, the BBC showed the film "The Third World War: in the command post," which reveals details of the war between NATO and Russia in the territory of Latvia. The plot of the film is based on the fact that after the capture of the Latvian Daugavpils (Latgale region) by pro-Russian rebels and intervention of the US-British coalition the world turns out to be on the verge of a large-scale nuclear catastrophe. The whole mankind can be saved by members of the British Cabinet only. The action takes place in the command post of the UK Armed Forces.

The term "hybrid war" was introduced in the United States in the late 20th century. It has several meanings, which coincide in one important concept: a hybrid war is a combination of a conventional armed conflict, terrorist methods (such as self-made explosive devices) and methods of information war (e g, cyber-attacks).

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