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Main threats to Lithuanian national security are related to strategic energy projects

Arvydas Anušauskas
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Arvydas Anušauskas
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The biggest threats to Lithuanian security are related to strategic energy objects, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, Arvydas Anušauskas, said on Wednesday, following the committee's discussion of information by the State Security Department on the evaluation of annual threats.

"We see that challenges Lithuania is facing are not decreasing. We can state that one of the main challenges are those related to the implementation of strategic energy projects, and outside influence on the country," Anušauskas told journalists following the meeting, adding that various leverage and significant resources are used for the purpose.

"A lot of things are related to secret activities by foreign countries in the territory of Lithuania. We can only state that the scope of these secret activities is not decreasing. On the contrary, they are being stepped up. I think that a lot of things are also related to the domestic situation in Lithuania and also those projects that are being implemented. Strategic energy projects underway in Lithuania are also relevant for regional partners," the committee chairman said.

According to Anušauskas, there are no signs yet that Lithuania could be targeted by international terrorists. "There are no such signs that we might become a target, or some terrorist organization has launched some activities (…). This threat is low," he said.

Anušauskas also announced that the State Security Department plans to prepare a public part of the threat evaluation report that would also include information on work done by the department as now the public are not aware of what the department does.

"I cannot really say that there are no secret activities, there have been no activities by foreign countries recorded, there are no activities, operations by foreign intelligence institutions. There are all sorts of things but this practice, if it does not constitute the basis for criminal liability, then these things are not made public. The State Security Department, I believe, will soon take care of the spread of information," Anušauskas said.

In his words, the committee also plans to draft recommendations for the government to better inform the public about energy projects as now the public is insufficiently informed about them.

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