The scenario of a recent exercise organized by the Lithuanian Interior Ministry did not envisage the use of training weapons and the proclamation of "the People's Republic of Šalčininkai", Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas said on Wednesday.
Minister of Interior in Šalčininkai
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"There should have been no text about any republics. The officers got too deep in their roles of bad guys and that media attention loosened their tongues," he said during a meeting of the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence.

The committee's members criticized the minister for not informing police in Šalčininkai, in the eastern part of the country, and border guards about the drill beforehand.

According to Misiūnas, the heads of institutions subordinate to the Interior Ministry decided to conduct the unannounced exercise in order to test in real conditions how services would respond to such an emergency,

The scenario did not involve "little green men" having weapons and proclaiming the "People's Republic of Šalčininkai", he said.

In the minister's words, Šalčininkai was chosen as the location for the exercise because it is a border town with a police headquarters and a border outpost.

The Interior Ministry's exercise on April 11 was aimed at training services to react to uniformed troops without insignia. The scenario reminded one of the 2014 annexation of Crimea, which involved the so-called "little green men", Russian troops wearing no insignia.

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