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Bluster and Bluff in the Baltic

When did the independence of the Baltic republics, miraculous and welcome as it is, become so critical to us that if Russia intrudes into Estonia, we will treat it as an attack on our homeland?

74% of Germans oppose permanent NATO bases in Poland and Baltics

Nearly three-quarters of Germans oppose having permanent NATO military bases in Poland and the Baltic states as a buffer against Russia, a new poll reveals. The opinion reflects a growing trend within Europe opposing further NATO eastern expansion.

Latvian city mayor compares NATO servicemen to 'occupants'

According to the local agency Delfi, Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs will send a written complaint to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about NATO sailors’ behavior.


Russia Starts Combat Helicopter Training Flights on Baltic Border

A newly formed Russian army helicopter brigade has begun training flights in the northwest of the country near the borders with the Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, a spokesman for the Western Military District said Wednesday.

NATO triples figher jets in Baltic countries

NATO is responding to tensions in Ukraine by tripling the number of fighter jets patrolling the air over Baltic countries that border Russia.The move came in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and continuing unrest in Ukraine's east, which Western and other nations blame on the Kremlin.NATO and Baltic politicians said the military build-up is meant to show solidarity and to send a message to Russia.

NATO triples figher jets in Baltic countries

Is Finland next? Putin wants to 'conquer other countries' in Europe, says top adviser (and CATO Institute staffer)

After annexing Crimea and with troops massed on the border of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will not stop trying to expand Russia until he has “conquered” Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland, one of his closest former advisers has said.

Latvia joins eurozone, but half of population opposed

Latvia has celebrated the New Year by joining the eurozone, becoming the 18th member of the Europe-wide currency bloc. However, recent opinion polls show that a majority of Latvians oppose the move, with just one-fifth strongly in favor.


EU's Rehn: Latvia could join euro zone in 2014

The small Baltic state of Latvia could become the 18th member of the euro zone in 2014 if it continues on its current economic course, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Thursday.

Euro crisis: Latvia and the PIGS

Down on the Euro Animal Farm, some animals are more equal than others, finds Eric Walberg

U.S. warns Russia against assertion in Baltic region

RIA Novosti, 26 February 2010

Though seeking to find new ways of working with Russia, the United States will not accept Moscow's policies in the Baltic region, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said at a news conference in Tallinn on Friday.

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