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The Baltics: should Britain be rushing to their defence?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by whitecity, Mar 26, 2014.

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  1. Point noted. I think when you say DC you mean the political types. The military probably cottoned on to this sooner.
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  2. Interesting article on ZAPAD and the different training bases that may / will used with locations and added youtube links: Militārās mācības 'Zapad': Kur tās notiks

    Links are at the bottom or just click through the additional pages.

    Baltic / Polish opinion is that they will be going back to bases, but probably Belorussian rather than Russian.
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  3. Passenger and commuter traffic to both directions stopped on Moscow - Belarus rail.

    I suppose for military traffic, remember something of over 4000 waggons were registered for Zapad in Belarus.

    Thats euqals something between 4-6 divisions id guess.
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  4. I don't feel nervous, no sir, not one bit.
  5. Those figures have been deconstructed in quite a few places since Arseni Sivitski first waved a red flag months ago, and aren't really being taken as indicative any more.

    One example here - Zapad 2017 and the Dangers of Crying Wolf | Jamestown - (even though Roger McDermott is generally to be avoided, I think I agree with him here).
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    Significant US contribution (1000) in the Swedish exercises and a useful number next to the Baltics.

    'The Aurora exercise will be closely watched around the region and will include troops from the US, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Lithuania, and Norway as well as about 40 different Swedish agencies.'

    Copyright the FT.
  7. What is interesting is that the US forces will exercise on Gotland... someone thinks it prudent to send signals to the Russians because although we discount an attack on the Baltics, there is (was) a possibility of an attack on Gotland with little Sweden could have done about it. International opprobrium counts for little these with Russia.

    It is still noticeable that Russia is surviving the sanctions and they are not having such a dramatic impact except on the Baltics who have lost a lot of trade which has been replaced by the Stans.
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  8. Fearing Russia, Sweden holds biggest war games in 20 years
    I know the Swedes are part of the JEF and mentioned earlier their Ex re Gotland. Some more info has been released. Says a lot that the Swedes, neutral for eons now see such a threat they will exercise as partners against that threat:
    They value NATO at this time:
    Russia's Zapad war games unnerve the West
    Meanwhile, NATO remains calm and vigilant ;)
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