The increasingly frequent Russian provocations by flying its military jets close to the Baltic air-space shows “stupidity, not power,” says Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Dalia Grybauskaitė and Toomas Hendrik Ilves
© LRPK / Robertas Dačkus

"Probably Russians would like us to think that they are demonstrating power. Probably they would like us to think that they are strong and dangerous. And, of course, they are looking for some kind of provocations, because some planes are flying without response or giving identifications or even with some technologies where they are not seen on the radar. And this means that it is very dangerous for collisions and problems can occur in the air," Grybauskaitė said at a joint news conference with her Baltic and Polish counterparts in Estonia on Tuesday.

"It's not demonstration of power, let them not enjoy it - it's demonstration of stupidity, irresponsible behavior - that's what it is," stated the Lithuanian president.

Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves did not rule out the possibility that the Russian actions could lead to a disaster similar to the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet in eastern Ukraine.

"This is a threat to civilian aviation. I'm actually counting on the European Union to take a far stronger stance on this issue (...). When planes are flying without transponders in the time of peace, we can have huge catastrophes. We already know what happened to MH17. We don't want planes falling down in Europe, because one country does not follow its international obligations," Ilves said.

During the meeting in Tallinn on Tuesday, the presidents of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland, Grybauskaitė, Ilves, Andris Berzins and Bronislaw Komorowski, reviewed the implementation of decisions adopted at the NATO Summit in Wales as well as energy, information and cyber security issues.

Naujienų agentūros BNS informaciją skelbti, cituoti ar kitaip atgaminti visuomenės informavimo priemonėse bei interneto tinklalapiuose be raštiško UAB "BNS" sutikimo neleidžiama.

Former Estonian president shares his insights why US is behind in digital breakthrough

Colorful and always with a smile on his face. This is how many people remember a former Estonian...

Planes were too close during Marijampole incident but there was no real threat

Several planes got too close over Lithuania's southern city of Marijampole in April but there was no...

President: Lithuania is lucky to have 'worthy' candidates in runoff (1)

Lithuania is fortunate to have two "worthy" candidates competing with each other to be elected...

Presidential candidates' teams trade accusations over campaign funding

The staffs of Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda , the two candidates vying to be elected...

Baltic countries and US agrees on cooperation format for energy security

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia met with the U.S....