Russia's GPS jamming targets all of Ukraine's allies – Lithuanian PM

  • 2024-05-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Russia's jamming of GPS signals and other acts of sabotage in the Baltic states are directed not only against Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, but also against other countries that support Ukraine, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte says.

"I don't think they are targeting the Baltic countries only. We have to realize that this activity is directed against the whole community that supports Ukraine," she told a press conference after a meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers on Monday.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania warned last month that Russia's widespread GPS jamming was raising the possibility of aviation incidents.

"Russia is very creatively putting pressure on democratic countries in various ways, including the attack on Leonid Volkov, acts of sabotage against historical monuments. These are the incidents the intelligence services are talking about," the Lithuanian prime minister said.

And there might be more of similar incidents in Europe in the future, she warned. "We will see more of attacks like this, as we have in the past. We are working diligently and jointly to try to prevent it."

Russia may resort to "cyber actions, kinetic attacks", Simonyte pointed out.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told reporters in Vilnius on Monday that Russia is waging a shadow war against the whole of Europe, while Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina stressed that the Baltic countries must "speak with one voice" to inform the European Union of similar incidents.

Russia's hybrid activities are causing increasing problems in Europe and elsewhere. Last week, several European countries summoned Russian diplomats over hybrid and cyber attacks organized by Moscow or Russian-linked groups.