Former NATO secretary general: Russia may use "hybrid war" methods in Baltics to test NATO solidarity

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin may "mastermind a hybrid attack on a Baltic state to test whether NATO would mobilise," NATO's former chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has warned.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
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