The Baltics: should Britain be rushing to their defence?

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Just for lulz:

"Today, the Center for European Policy (CEPA) releases its latest analytical report: “Securing The Suwałki Corridor: Strategy, Statecraft, Deterrence, and Defense.” Conducted under the auspices of CEPA Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies LTG (Ret.) Ben Hodges, the report offers the most comprehensive analysis yet published on the Suwałki Corridor problem-set and presents actionable recommendations for both transatlantic policymakers and frontline practitioners."

https://www.cepa.org/securing-the-suwalki-corridor
 
The "Suwalki Corridor" between Belarus and the Kaliningrad Oblast is the current day equivalent of the 1920's-30's "Polish Corridor" between Pomerania and East Prussia. A possible pretext for invasion. The only difference being that Belarus has not yet been re-incorporated in Russia. Therefore it is wise to signal the Kremlin that any attempt at territorial expansion here will be resisted.
 
I didn't say, that Putin actually plan 'Ukrainian scenario' for EU. I just notice, that conquere of Crymea was not started by the sudden appearance of 'Little Green Men', it was, in fact, finished by it. Conquere of Baltic (if there will be any need in it) wll be started in London, Brussel and Berlin.
Yes it was
 
Over on UKdefencejournal, someone posited that transferring the T23s when they reach the end of their RN service life could be an idea - as although their hulls may have been battered by the north Atlantic, they could still serve in the Baltic. Thoughts, given the resurgent Russian submarine threat and the fact that as the Baltics reach 2% of GDP they are having trouble spending the cash...!
 
The "Suwalki Corridor" between Belarus and the Kaliningrad Oblast is the current day equivalent of the 1920's-30's "Polish Corridor" between Pomerania and East Prussia. A possible pretext for invasion. The only difference being that Belarus has not yet been re-incorporated in Russia. Therefore it is wise to signal the Kremlin that any attempt at territorial expansion here will be resisted.
Not by Belarus it won't be, whatever Lukashenko says!
 
Over on UKdefencejournal, someone posited that transferring the T23s when they reach the end of their RN service life could be an idea - as although their hulls may have been battered by the north Atlantic, they could still serve in the Baltic. Thoughts, given the resurgent Russian submarine threat and the fact that as the Baltics reach 2% of GDP they are having trouble spending the cash...!
They would be better off investing their cash in MRSAMs, ISTAR and UAVs, SH, OPVs and MCMVs. A secondhand T23 for any of the Baltic navies is a complete waste of money.
 
The new Latvian Uniform. So pretty European...
One more time ask: "Should Britain be rushing to their defence?"
One more time answer; NATO member = yes. Realise Russian troll policy = keep on bullying until people give in, but ARRSE members pretty thick so even when wrong they no change minds.
 

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They would be better off investing their cash in MRSAMs, ISTAR and UAVs, SH, OPVs and MCMVs. A secondhand T23 for any of the Baltic navies is a complete waste of money.
In fact, any Baltics invests in the weapon are absolutely useless. They can not nor stop, neighter detterent Russians.They can only force Russian to waste more nukes to burning out their defence. But is it what they really need? I mean, it will be good for NATO, but bad for Spratslands. So, looking from the Latvian national interests point of view, it is really better to waste money on something costly, but harmless and useless. Just for the imitation of an active Force Building.
 

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Latvian national guard, one of whom is displaying the fire cross - a symbol used throughout history by Latvians and representative of their linguistic links to the Sanskrit language:
Nothing to see here, move along.
You are so funny, little stupid Nazies... In fact it is just a demonstration of your historical links with German nazies.
 
They would be better off investing their cash in MRSAMs, ISTAR and UAVs, SH, OPVs and MCMVs. A secondhand T23 for any of the Baltic navies is a complete waste of money.
Latvia's 2% amounts to about 600 million euros per year. You can eat through that pretty quickly as soon as you start talking about buying and operating mid-sized naval vessels.

Estonia apparently bought 3 ex-Royal Navy Sandown class mine hunter / OPV vessels. These are about 600 tons displacement. Something of that nature is probably more realistic should Latvia acquire naval ambitions.
 
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