The new doctrine of Russian President Vladimir Putin to defend rights of Russian-speaking communities abroad may become a pretext for intervention in the Baltic states, Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas has warned.
“The new Putin’s doctrine that the Kremlin has a duty to protect Russian compatriots abroad, wherever they may be, puts us in a [...]
High-ranking leaders of the European Nordic and Baltic states find “unacceptable” the pressure Russia puts upon Moldova and Ukraine.
“Any economic threat or political pressure directed against Eastern partners because of their European aspirations and engagement with the EU is unacceptable. The countries have the right to choose themselves what is [...]
Although some Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers flew over the Baltic Sea in the last year, what’s unusual in Mar. 29 incident is that the Russian activity took place at night and, above all, it found the Swedish Air Force totally unprepared.
At least two JAS-39 Gripen should always be in a QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) and [...]
“This is causing worries in Finland, Sweden, Baltic State and Poland,” Laaneots said.
Ex-communist Poland became a NATO member in 1999 while the three ex-Soviet Baltic states joined in 2004. Neutral Finland and Sweden remain outside the Western military alliance.
“Russia has carried out military exercises all summer. What has alarmed me quite a lot [...]
A rise in Russia’s military operations in the Baltic Sea region is cause for concern among Baltic states Finland, Sweden and Poland, Estonia’s military chief said.
“Russia has significantly increased its military presence in the western region (Baltic) and has created a new west strategic command that is — to believe its own military head [...]
The South Ossetia war in August 2008 made the Baltic states worry about the prospect of a Russian attack. The diplomatic cables reveal how Baltic politicians persuaded NATO to prepare a new strategy to defend their countries. The plan was supposed to be kept secret to avoid irritating Russia.
But critics of the potential deal in nations neighbouring Russia – such as Ukraine, Georgia and the Baltic states – say it would dramatically increase the military threat from Russia, increasing tensions in some already difficult relations.
Nika Laliashvili, of the Georgian parliament’s defence committee, has said that Georgia “strongly opposes” the sale.
For months, Russian officials have been negotiating with France over the purchase of a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, at an estimated cost of $750 million, and a license to build several more in Russia. The high-tech ship would stand out in Russia’s aging fleet. Vladimir S. Vysotsky, commander of the Russian Navy, noted this fall [...]
It is a debate that has raged in European capitals ahead of the 70th anniversary on Tuesday of the beginning of the second world war on 1 September 1939. Who, apart from Hitler, was actually responsible for starting it?
This summer the Baltic states have blamed Hitler and Stalin equally. Russia, meanwhile, is fingering Poland.