Czech Army general Pavel: Russia could occupy Baltics in days
Russia could occupy the Baltic States within just two days, and NATO's political leaders wouldn't be able to react with sufficient speed, according to Czech Army general Petr Pavel.
"The level of our security is improper, and the measures Europe is taking to address the threats Russia and the so-called Islamic State are posing have proven to be ineffective," General Pavel, who is due to become chairman of the NATO Military Committee as of June 1, said at a security conference in Prague on Wednesday, Czech Radio Praha reported, according to eurointegration.com.ua.
According to Pavel, Russia could occupy the Baltic States within just two days.
He also said NATO's political leaders wouldn't be able to react with sufficient speed to altered situations.
Pavel criticized NATO's imperfect, in his view, system of the exchange of intelligence information, as the Alliance doesn't have its own intelligence network and system.
Disagreeing with Pavel, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO Jiřί Šedivý stressed that the Alliance had developed a proper intelligence process.
He said that Russia might be able to occupy, for example, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv within two days, but the question is whether it has enough materiel and logistics support to retain the city.