"It is obvious that such an impressive show of force can only be conducted with a view to the occupation of Lithuania. Taking into account all of the political situation, it is clear that the Soviet Union sent here so many troops from distrust of Germany, from a purely defensive purposes. " The same view was held by the head of the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs E. Halifax, believes that "the concentration of Soviet troops in the Baltic states is defense-related activity." Equally important to us was the need to strengthen south-western borders. The Romanian government was clearly hostile to the USSR. King Carol II of Romania, visited in January 1940 in Bessarabia, as his fiefdom, said that Odessa - native Romanian city.