Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday the mobilization of Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine and warns that Russia will use “all means” to defend itself. The neighboring countries of Russia react.
“It’s not a bluff”. Vladimir Putin warns. The Russian president affirmed in a televised address this Wednesday morning a “partial mobilization” of Russians of fighting age. 300,000 citizens will have to go to the Ukrainian front. “The objective of the West is to destroy our country”, assured the Russian president who threatens to use “all the means” at his disposal to protect “Russia and our people”.
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The announcements of the Russian president lead to various reactions in the countries bordering Russia.
The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has instructed his Minister of Defense to verify that military units and the popular reserve are ready to mobilize in the event of an alert. Alexander Lukashenko is an ally of Vladimir Putin.
Lithuania has announced that it is putting its rapid reaction force on alert “to prevent any provocation from Russia”, explained Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas.
As Russia’s military mobilization will also take place near our borders, (Kaliningrad region), Lithuania’s Rapid Reaction Force is being put on high alert to prevent any provocation from Russia.
— Arvydas Anusauskas (@a_anusauskas) September 21, 2022
Latvia has decided not to provide humanitarian visas to Russian citizens who wish to avoid the mobilization decreed by Vladimir Putin, nor to modify border crossing restrictions for Russians. Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics puts forward “security reasons”.
Drošības apsvērumu dēļ latvija neizsniegs humānās vai cita veida vīzas tiem krievijas pilsoņiem, kuri izvairās no movable
— Edgars Rinkevics (@edgarsrinkevics) September 21, 2022
Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur tweeted that the partial mobilization announced by Vladimir Putin “pushes the West to higher readiness”. He notes in a daily interview Aripaev : “We have seen that Putin does not hold anything back”.
The Finnish Foreign Minister wants to be reassuring. “There is no immediate cause for concern in our neighboring regions”, reports Antti Kaikkonen in the daily Helsingin Sanomat. He assures that the state of preparation of the Finnish defense forces is “good” and that the majority of Russian troops usually stationed near the border with Finland have been moved in the direction of Ukraine.