Ben Hodges quotes the Baltic portal BNS (link Lithuanian version Delphi):
The Kaliningrad region now has the opportunity not to allow our military the fleet and no NATO fleet to get into the Baltic Sea. From the Kaliningrad region, they can stop anyone who tries to get into the Baltic Sea.
At the same time, Hodges recalled that in the region the United States has at least three allies: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
According to the American general, the Russian power in the Baltic is "a serious threat to our allies and friends."
Hodges noted that the “threat” comes from the so-called Suwalki breach, where Poland borders on both the Russian Federation and Belarus.
In a very short time, they can unite (forces of the Russian Federation and Belarus - note “IN”) and block the Lithuanian-Polish border. And thereby isolate the three NATO allies from the rest of the alliance.
With all these statements, Hodges clearly tried to justify the increased NATO military presence in the region, as well as the supply of armored vehicles to the Baltic countries. However, instead, it turned out that the American general added nervousness to the Balts, who understood from his words that if something happened, NATO would hardly want (and could not) come to their aid ... In general, the Baltic paranoia was clearly added after the words of Hodges, Hodges in the Baltics can be considered the worst psychotherapist ...