The investigation was described as an “absurd provocation” by Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were occupied by Soviet communist forces in 1940. The USSR broke up in 1991.
Last week Russia’s chief prosecutor declared illegal the transfer of Crimea from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.
Russia is merely preparing the political battlespace before preparing the military battlespace.
Russia probably also realizes they have about 16 months to do whatever they want in Europe, free of any possibility of consequences.
This will not end well.
I have no desire to see the US continue to guarantee the security of Europe, while Europe is unwilling to pay its own defense bills. But I’m also aware that the Baltics are doing everything they reasonably can to provide for their defense.
Further, a failure of the US to prevent a seizure of any Baltic territory would be a strategic disaster of 1938 proportions, with worldwide consequences.