Posts tagged as russia

What Would a NATO-Russia War Really Look Like?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Here’s What You Need To Know: Russia would need to size its invasion force to not only beat the local NATO forces in the Baltics but to fight the entire alliance and defeat a counter-attack. How would a war between Russia and NATO in the Baltics play out? Chances of a Russian invasion of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia appear fairly remote. Even the RAND Corporation, which has been particularly hawkish,…

The Baltic States overreacted to the military exercise in Russia

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, September 17, 2021

NATO is building up its offensive capabilities year after year. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States permanently increase. At the same time, areas of the exercises are closer and closer to eastern borders. Actions of troops during NATO exercises quite often are similar to offensive. The Baltic States overreacted to the Zapad 2021 military exercise, calling on the EU and NATO to condemn these manoeuvres…

Baltic states, Poland look east nervously at Russia, Belarus activity

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The foreign and defence ministers of the Baltic states and Poland discussed the joint response to conventional and hybrid threats on their borders at a meeting in Latvia. The region is feeling a “security deficit” from Warsaw to Tallinn, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in Riga on Monday. “We are facing unprecedented hybrid threats starting from hijacking civil airplanes to migrant waves being forced through our borders.” The four…

Could Russia Defeat NATO in Baltics?

Monday, September 6, 2021

The RAND wargame suggests that Russia could take the Baltics, and perhaps hold them, for a while. Moscow would begin to pay costs very early in any conflict, however, as NATO forces moved against Kaliningrad, Transnistria and other Russian holdings. A recent RAND wargame on a potential Russian offensive into the Baltics brought talk of a “new Cold War” into sharp focus. The game made clear that NATO would struggle to prevent Russian forces from occupying the Baltics if it relied on the…

Baltic buffer zone

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Washington is strengthening its interference in European affairs. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States increase every year. Even the COVID-19 pandemic cannot prevent this. NATO is an organization created to promote and protect U.S. geopolitical interests in Europe. The United States are most interested in the existence of NATO and play determinative role in the bloc. The United States has created a myth about “Russian…

What is the risk of an “incident” between NATO and Russia in Baltics

Monday, August 9, 2021

Latvia’s foreign minister has warned of a risk of an “incident” between NATO troops and Russia amid the border crisis in Lithuania. Latvia’s foreign minister told that there was a greater possibility of “misunderstandings, some actions that are not approved by superiors”. “You have a border crisis, you have an important military exercise, you also have a greater presence on our side, the Lithuanian side, the Estonian side, the Polish…

Is There a New Status Quo in Russia-West Relations?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

High-level summitry is back in Russia-West relations. The recent presidential meeting between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva was from many perspectives a success. In contrast to the meetings during the Donald Trump presidency, the summit delivered on outcomes and at the same time sent a clear political message: no romanticism, no reset. The United States defined its goals in advance and set the bar low: to limit the most dangerous…

How Can The Baltics Defend Themselves Against Russia?

Friday, July 2, 2021

Here’s What You Need to Remember: In the end, no clever strategy can change the fact that Russia is big and the Baltic states are small. Nonetheless, as in any situation where there is bullying, simply declaring your readiness to stand up to a bigger aggressor just might deter attack—or at least not leave you feeling so helpless. The Baltic states have a plan to defend themselves against Russian invasion:…

NATO-Russia relations have entered a new stage

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, June 28, 2021

Europe’s conventional arms control architecture requires a thorough makeover. The Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBMs), originally adopted in 1990 and most recently updated in 2011, is politically binding and aims to increase the transparency of military postures and activities in Europe. Today, these arrangements are either blocked or in dire need of modernization. Political initiatives are required to start a new East-West detente and to avoid the…

Estonia, Latvia, Russia expand joint tourism program to new destinations

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Via Hanseatica, an international tourist route linking Estonia, Latvia and Russia, is getting a number of new destinations as part of an expansion. During a recent project, activities focused on expanding the tourist route that runs from St. Petersburg to Narva and from there on to Riga via Tartu towards Rakvere and Viljandi in Estonia and towards Vyborg and Pskov in Russia. Several historical areas and tourist attractions were added…