Russia’s Baltic strategy puts high pressure on Nato

RAF jet intercepts a Russian military aircraft near Baltic states (photo: dpa)
RAF jet intercepts a Russian military aircraft near Baltic states (photo: dpa)

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine have altered the discourse on the Baltic states’ security. For too long, Nato relied on giving an impression of security rather than conducting a meaningful threat assessment for its Baltic Sea flank. Blind trust in the deterrent power of Article 5 of the Washington treaty, combined with the view that Russia was not a threat anymore, contributed to that perception; now that view has been shattered.

WHILE THE inhabitants of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia never fully subscribed to the concept of Russia’s harmlessness, at first they had no doubts about the worth of the security umbrella provided ...

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