RussiaChronology of news items mentioning the Baltics, NATO, or EU

  • NATO's Decomposing CorpseRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 22 | Counterpunch

    The UK's Guardian newspaper is not supportive of those who advocate war, but is an equitable publication and its strictures on the chaos in Afghanistan have been measured and balanced, as have its comments on the situation in the Korean Peninsula . It was even-handed about the US-NATO aerial blitz on Libya in a campaign that was ostensibly to protect the Libyan people but had more to do with the fact that the Libyan leader, Gaddafi, wouldn't play ball with the oil cartels.

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  • Russian war game to 'intimidate' Nato alliesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 14 | EUobserver

    Russian and Belarusian tanks, jets, artillery, and infantry have begun surging toward EU borders in a massive war game that is taking place amid genuine Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Called Zapad 2017, the two-week drill is meant to repel an attack by a fictional state, Veishnoriya, and two fictional allies, Lubeniya and Vesbasriya, that look a bit like Nato and EU states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, which currently host around 4,000 Nato troops.

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  • Russian deceit over military exercise rattles Eastern EuropeRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 11 | The New Zealand Herald

    ... 12,700 in order to avoid triggering treaty requirements for the participation of international observers, critics say. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said "from previous experiences related to previous exercises, we have every reason to believe it may ...

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  • Russian deceit has Europe on alertRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2017 | NEWS.com.au

    ... But Eastern Europe knows better. The Cold War test of nerves is back. Risky close encounters between Russian and NATO forces have increased dramatically in the Baltic region over the past three years. WSJ's Tanya Rivero explains what's at stake. ...

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  • France, Germany Denounce Russia's Strategy Of 'Intimidation,' Dispute Size Of War GamesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 7 | Weekday Magazine

    The French and German defense ministers have condemned Russia's upcoming military maneuvers with Belarus, saying Moscow is seeking to show off military might on the borders of the EU and NATO. "It is particularly important in this context that we reaffirm our presence in the face of...this demonstration the Russians are making which is a strategy of intimidation," France's Defense Minister Florence Parly said on September 7. Parly was speaking to reporters at a joint news conference with her German counterpart on the sidelines of an EU defense ministers informal meeting in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.

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  • Russia might be about to invade Europe. Here's how America should respondRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 31 | Washington Examiner

    ... As interesting, instead of training in Russia, the forces will conduct their exercises in Belarus. After all, bordering NATO member Poland, Belarus offers ZAPAD forces the means to rapidly strike into the heart of NATO. Joining that threat is the ...

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  • Russia is sending thousands of troops into Belarus. Belarusians and NATO are worriedRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 | Canada.com

    ... of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine. Some Western planners believe Russia may take the opportunity to practise NATO's nightmare scenario: a rapid dash across Lithuania and Poland to link Belarus and Kaliningrad. Such a move would cut the ...

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  • Pence sketches possible Patriot deployment in Estonia, vows US supportRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 30, 2017 | Yahoo!

    US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday raised the possibility of deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia, one of three NATO Baltic states worried by Russian expansionism, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said. "We spoke about it today, but we didn't talk about a date or time," Ratas told state broadcaster ERR after Pence began a visit to the tiny frontline state.

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  • Pence sketches possible Patriot deployment in EstoniaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2017 | PanArmenian Network

    PanARMENIAN.Net - US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, July 30 raised the possibility of deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia, one of three NATO Baltic states worried by Russian expansionism, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said, according to AFP. "We spoke about it today, but we didn't talk about a date or time," Ratas told state broadcaster ERR after Pence began a visit to the tiny frontline state.

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  • Mike Pence in Estonia to ease Russia concerns in BalticRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 30, 2017 | Al Jazeera

    Analysts expect Pence is bringing a message of support and solidarity to Baltic states which fear a threat from Russia [AP] US Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Estonia to reassure the three Baltic NATO members, concerned over neighbouring Russia's military activity, before continuing on to Georgia and Montenegro with the same mission. Pence will meet with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Sunday regarding the possibility of installing American anti-aircraft defence systems in the small country of 1.3 million people.

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  • Mike Pence in Estonia to reassure the three Baltic NATO members over Russia fearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 29, 2017 | The Raw Story

    Vice President Mike Pence addresses the crowd at Senator Joni Ernst's 3rd annual charity motorcycle ride to benefit military veterans at the Central Iowa Expo center in Boone Iowa, 3 June, 2017. US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday visits Estonia to reassure the three Baltic NATO members, concerned over neighbouring Russia's military activity, before continuing on to Georgia and Montenegro with the same mission.

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  • Poland Hopes for Trump's Support on Troop Presence and Migration Spat With EURead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2017 | Cybercast News Service

    ... home to a monument to Poles who fought against the Nazis in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Poland is one of just five of NATO's 28 member-states to have achieved a commitment to devote at least two percent of its GDP to defense spending an issue that has ...

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  • Trump to get hero's welcome in WarsawRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2017 | Daily Mail

    Trump to get hero's welcome in Warsaw as Poles say they have 'no love for Germany' - and 'screw Russia' U.S. president lands Wednesday night in Warsaw for meetings with Poland and other nations engaged in a new trading bloc that weakens Russia Poles see Trump's nationalism as a mirror of their own as they push back against EU mandates on immigration and refugee resettlement 'There is no love for Germany in Poland,' one man said Wednesday on a Warsaw street; 'Screw Russia. We don't need Russia,' said another The nation of Poland prepared a hero's welcome for U.S. President Donald Trump in advance of his Wednesday night arrival in Warsaw.

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  • Nato's Russia-deterrent force 'fully operational'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 30, 2017 | EUobserver

    Nato has said its Russia-deterrent force in eastern Europe is "fully operational", while calling on Moscow to be more transparent on an upcoming drill. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato head, told press in Brussels on Thursday that "our enhanced forward presence is now fully operational in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland … This sends a clear message to any possible aggressor: we are determined, we are united".

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  • Estonia expels Russian diplomatsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2017 | India.com

    Estonia's foreign ministry said today it had expelled two Russian diplomats, in the latest incident to strain relations between the small NATO state and Moscow. The incident follows a string of spy cases.

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  • Baltic states agreed to link their power grids to EU via PolandRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2017 | The Star Online

    The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia. Power grids in the Baltic countries, formerly part of Soviet Union, are still integrated with those in Belarus and Russia.

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  • Baltic states agreed to link their power grids to EU via PolandRead the original story

    May 8, 2017 | Channelnewsasia.com

    The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia. VILNIUS: The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia.

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  • Russia may put troops in Belarus permanently to send a message to NATORead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2017 | Silicon Alley Insider

    Estonia's defense minister said on Thursday that Russia may use large-scale military exercises to move thousands of troops permanently into Belarus later this year in a warning to NATO. Russia and Belarus aim to hold joint war games in September that some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies believe could number more than 100,000 troops and involve nuclear weapons training, the biggest such exercise since 2013.

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  • The Suwalki Gap - the potential European flashpoint Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye onRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2017 | The New Zealand Herald

    ... strategic affairs analyst has even raised the prospect that an emboldened Russia, intent on pushing the Washington-led NATO military alliance away from its territory, could drop a nuclear bomb on the isolated sliver of land. It is the only land ...

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  • Putin's Greatest Temptation: Where Russia could strikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2017 | NEWS.com.au

    Troops from a multinational battalion arrived in the Polish town of Orzysz on March 30-31 to support NATO troops in the region. The troops, approximately 900 soldiers in 15 convoys, consisted of US soldiers as well as British and Romanian forces, Radio Maryja reported.

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