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Russia 'may target' Baltic states next

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posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 09:12 PM
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Russia 'may target' Baltic states next


www.theaustralian.news.com.au
NATO must strengthen its defence of the three Baltic countries – Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania – after Russia's assault on Georgia, the new US envoy to NATO said in an interview.

Speaking to the Financial Times in Brussels after an emergency summit of European Union leaders there, Kurt Volker said it was important that NATO remained "credible".(visit the link for the full news article)



[edit on 2/9/08 by Shere Khaan]




posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 09:12 PM
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Ah well it looks like NATO are making their boundaries very clear.


"Those countries are members of NATO; so if there is any attack on those countries we will all respond," Mr Volker told the business daily.


www.theaustralian.news.com.au
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:18 PM
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Ok Russia is crazy thats been established I guess the next question is just how crazy are they?



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:31 PM
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"Those countries are members of NATO; so if there is any attack on those countries we will all respond," Mr Volker told the business daily.

"They are feeling a little rattled by seeing Russia use military force to invade a sovereign, small neighbouring country. We need to send signals to shore them up a little bit."

Mr Volker said NATO must send signals that it intends to help the Baltic states, and uphold its Article 5, which guarantees the defence of each signatory by all the rest.

"We will have to make sure ... that the Article 5 commitment is realisable not just as a political matter but as a military matter too," the American envoy said.

He continued: "We need to do what NATO ought to do, not in a provocative way and not in a rushed or hasty way. But NATO being credible is what's important."



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:34 PM
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This will be a test to see if all of the NATO supporting nations will actually act under NATO's article 5. There hasn't been much for them to really do the last couple of years, and NATO itself hasn't dealt anything on a large magnitude yet.

Then again, the Warsaw Pact would "crush them with the hammer", but the head fell off.



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:39 PM
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lol, this is just fear mongering and a poor attempt at propaganda.

Russia entered Georgia because Georgia was committing genocide. There are no factions in Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania who are committing such atrocities. Russia is well aware that these states are peaceful.


Why is it that so many media outlets are trying to make Russia look like an aggressor? Georgia shelled a city! Imagine if Russia HADN'T stopped them... how many dead civilians in South Ossetia would be needed before NATO finally decided that backing Georgia might not be such a good idea?

I'm willing to bet NATO wouldn't have done anything about it themselves, so it's a damn good thing Russia stepped in.



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:39 PM
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Russian/American relations fell out during a speech by Vice President Cheney to the Lithuanian parliament and a visiting collection of ex-Soviet generals, politicians and leaders from former Warsaw States.. essentially the West called Russia out in front of her old comrades, and since then it has been a steady decline to a new Cold War.

If there where any other country they may try and take back, it would be the Ukraine, which many consider to be Russian. There has already been political tension, attempted assassinations and so forth.

However I honestly don't think Russia would ever attack a NATO nation .. way to risky.

However this is a perfect opportunity to spend a few hundred Billion Dollars on defense measures and so on.. be great for the economy, right?



posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 10:43 PM
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Originally posted by Rockpuck
However this is a perfect opportunity to spend a few hundred Billion Dollars on defense measures and so on.. be great for the economy, right?


Such cynicism! Anyone would think that those making money from war were the ones in power.

Oh yeah...



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