'Russia has increased its capability to cut off access to Baltic sea' - US general

US Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of the US Army in Europe, said that US forces must act as a deterrent to any potential threat in Europe in an interview with Lithuania's national broadcaster.
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