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Russia may come to defence of its fellow nationals to Baltic states – Lithuanian Minister of Defence | The Lithuania Tribune

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 new situation. It could give Putin a pretext for intervention to protect Russians or Russian-speaking residing in the Baltic states, as well,” Olekas said at a Vilnius meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Defence and Security Committee on June 1.

He noted that the rules of the game have changed, and all NATO Allies from North to the South, from West to the East, have to understand that NATO needs to find appropriate measures to respond to the new security situation, “otherwise we will be ruined.”

Russia may come to defence of its fellow nationals to Baltic states – Lithuanian Minister of Defence | The Lithuania Tribune

Nordic and Baltic states react to Russian blackmailing of Moldova

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 best for their future,” eight foreign ministers said in a joint statement.

Nordic and Baltic states react to Russian blackmailing of Moldova

Russia Simulated A Large-Scale Aerial Night Attack On Sweden

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 ready for take off in case of alarm, but quite surprisingly there were no interceptors ready on Good Friday night.

However, since 2004, NATO has a QRA detachment in Lithuania’s First Air Base in Zokniai/Šiauliai International Airport, whose aim is to guard the airspace over the three Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The task is shared by several NATO members; since Jan. 2013, the Baltic air policing task is assigned to the Royal Danish Air Force.

On Mar. 29, two RDAF F-16 fighter jets took off from Siuliai to shadow the Russian bombers and fighters from distance as the formation headed east towards Russia.

Analysts believe the massive restructuring process that downsized the Swedish Air Force — from 20 squadrons and over 400 planes to four divisions and less than 150 planes — is to blame for the lack of preparedness of the Swedish air defense.

Russia Simulated A Massive Aerial Attack – Business Insider

Remember, Russia is the friend of NATO. That is why it regularly simulates bomber attacks on NATO countries. And why isn’t NATO doing the same thing to Russia? Instead, NATO just yawns and cuts it budget.

Related articles: Russian Bomber Simulated Attacks

Europe’s Shrinking Military Budgets Scrutinized – NYTimes.com

Alarmed by years of cuts to military spending, the NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, issued a dire public warning to European nations, noting that together they had slashed $45 billion, or the equivalent of Germany’s entire military budget, endangering the alliance’s viability, its mission and its relationship with the United States.

Senior American officials have warned that unless European countries spend more on defense, they risk “collective military irrelevance.”

While the United States would like to be able to rely more on its European allies, many experts doubt that even the strongest among them, Britain and France, could carry out their part of another Libya operation now, and certainly not in a few years. Both are struggling to maintain their own nuclear deterrents as well as mobile, modern armed forces. The situation in Britain is so bad that American officials are quietly urging it to drop its expensive nuclear deterrent.

“Either they can be a nuclear power and nothing else or a real military partner,” a senior American official said.

Europe’s Shrinking Military Budgets Scrutinized – NYTimes.com

The US wants Britain to drop its nuclear deterrent. But the US is in the process of dropping its nuclear deterrent. The US has already crossed a red line in that it can only retaliate one time against a Russia-China attack. Who in the West is going to protect us from Russia and China: France and Israel? OK, the West is not there yet, but that is the direction it is headed.

With a Russia-China axis starting to grow, the West and in particular the US needs to be concerned.

The Russia-China Axis Grows | FrontPage Magazine

Russia is executing its own “pivot to Asia”—something Moscow highlighted when hosting the 24th APEC summit in Vladivostok last fall. Like China, Russia also has an island dispute of its own with Japan over the Kuril Islands. As Beijing takes a hard line with its quarrel, the two could join forces to exert pressure on Japan and lend international credibility to each other’s territorial claims. Yet Russia is pursuing a rapprochement with Japan, Korea and Vietnam, indicating that it may be weary of the rising giant of China.

A China-Russia partnership is championing a selective commitment to “noninterference in internal affairs.” which plays well with the other authoritarian regimes around the world. They seek arms contracts and economic ties while looking the other way on nations’ human rights abuses.

The Russia-China Axis Grows | FrontPage Magazine

Russian military might worries region: Estonian general

“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 is that they strongly emphasize cooperation between various types of military forces and command staffs,” he observed.

“In August, they had 2,000 communication soldiers testing and practicing cooperation between their communication systems,” Laaneots added.

Russian military might worries region: Estonian general | Defense & Security News at DefenseTalk

2011-09-25 | Russian military power worries Nordic region
2011-09-22 | Finnish Experts: Russia Seeks Restoration of Soviet-Era Superpower Status

China is starting to worry a lot of countries too.

2011-09-27 | Japan, Philippines Seek Tighter Ties to Counter China

2011-09-23 | Vietnam, India energy project draws fire from Beijing paper – The China Post

2011-09-22 | Japan Worries About China Nukes – TIME.com

Is This How Wars Start? India and China Now Feud Over the South China Sea – TIME.com

China’s Near Sea Policy Provoking Regional Instability – Analysis

2011-09-18 | In South China Sea, an Energy Battle

Countering China: India’s Entry into South China Sea

Countering China: US and Allies Take First Steps

China Warns India; Now India Warns China – Times of India

2011-09-17 | India’s oil move in Vietnam serious provocation: Chinese daily

Braving the China Seas

2011-09-11 | South China Sea disputes: Harbinger of regional strategic shift?

2011-09-09 | Is It Time for America to Harden Its Asian Alliances?

2011-09-01 | Why China is Getting Tough | China Power

China To India: Get Out of Our Sea | Via Meadia

2011-08-28 | The red dragon is rising and preparing for war

2011-08-10 | Troubled Waters: Why China’s Navy Makes Asia Nervous – TIME

2011-08-04 | China’s territorial ambition

2011-07-25 | Philippines vows to protect South China Sea assets

2011-07-20 | Sino-Vietnamese War Seems Inevitable

2011-07-18 | Why China Wants South China Sea

China’s growing assertiveness in South China Sea seen as prelude to war

2011-07-15 | US military leader sees stark rifts with China

2011-07-14 | Rocky times ahead in South China Sea

2011-07-03 | China vs US War – South China Sea Documentary

2011-06-28 | Philippine-US joint naval drill amid tension with China

2011-06-27 | China Plays Nationalism Card?

Russian military power worries Nordic region

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 — much more powerful than was the Leningrad military district,” General Ants Laaneots, head of Estonia’s defence forces, said in an interview on Estonia’s public ETV website Friday.

“This is causing worries in Finland, Sweden, Baltic State and Poland,” Laaneots said.

Russian military power worries Nordic region

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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.

Fear of Russia: NATO Developed Secret Contingency Plans for Baltic States – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Russia-France arms deal raises concerns for neighbours

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.

Should Paris decide to go ahead with the sale, France would become the first Nato member to have chosen to sell advanced military technology to Moscow.

BBC News – Russia-France arms deal raises concerns for neighbours

Russia’s Efforts to Buy French Warship Upset Georgia and Baltic States – NYTimes.com

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 that if he had access to such a ship during the 2008 war with Georgia, it “would have allowed the Black Sea Fleet to complete its mission within 40 minutes, not 26 hours.”

But the potential sale has raised hackles in the region, still reeling from Russia’s military campaign in Georgia.

Russia’s Efforts to Buy French Warship Upset Georgia and Baltic States – NYTimes.com

The war? Nothing to do with Stalin, says Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev | The Guardian

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.

Ultimately, however, the row which threatens to eclipse a gathering on Tuesday of European leaders in Gdansk is not about history or the past. It is all about the present, specifically Russia’s claim of having “privileged interests” in its post-Soviet neighbours.

The war? Nothing to do with Stalin, says Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev | World news | The Guardian

Eastern Europe’s Crisis Won’t Wreck the World | Newsweek International | Newsweek.com

in financial circles, the mere mention of Eastern Europe these days conjures up images of collapsing banking systems, currency in-stability, and capital flight. The travails of the Baltic states have come to symbolize all that has gone wrong with Eastern Europe’s high-growth economic model. Some analysts even believe that the region is now the weakest link in the global economy and could be the source of yet another financial contagion.At the center of the storm are small countries like Latvia, now paying the price for the heady growth of the past few years, which was fueled by unbridled household consumption and property investment.

Eastern Europe’s Crisis Won’t Wreck the World | Newsweek International | Newsweek.com

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