Nato’s Nordic weakness raises doubts over Baltic security

Nato troops on military exercise Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia (photo: dpa)
Nato troops on military exercise Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia (photo: dpa)

The Russian military is flexing its muscles, and Ukraine is not alone in feeling the heat. For the West, the security of the Baltic states, in particular Estonia and Latvia, is crucial and Nato’s ability to defend these countries is weakened by the fact that Sweden and Finland are not members of the Alliance. In the event of an attack, would Nato be able to come to their rescue, and is its pledge of common defence really credible?

THE G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014, provided clear evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin is under intense international pressure. Although his attitude remains defiant, his decision to leave the meeting early could only be view...

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