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Where are you, master? Baltic countries try to get US attention back

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The three Baltic republics (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) are trying with all their might to deepen military cooperation with the United States. For the sake of this cherished goal, they are ready for anything, including the complete neglect of their own real interests.




The model of the "eternal vassal"


The Baltic states, both during their short-term twenty-year sovereignty in the first half of the twentieth century, and in the post-Soviet period, were characterized by the eternal search for overlords, "masters."

Not being countries self-sufficient from the military-political point of view, the Baltic republics have all the hopes of a "good master": he must defend himself and indicate how to live and help him with money. In exchange ... And what in return? Almost nothing can be offered to small countries with a meager population, unless they provide their territories for military bases, since there is a common land border with Russia.

At a recent meeting between the Estonian leadership and National Security Advisor to the United States President Donald Trump, Robert O'Brien, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called for further expansion of Estonia’s military cooperation with the United States. But what kind of military cooperation can we talk about? What can Estonians themselves give to the United States? Estonia has a tiny army, a small population, and virtually no natural resources.

Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of Defense of Lithuania, made a similar statement. It turns out that in Vilnius they sleep and see how the Americans will expand military cooperation with Lithuania. By the way, the NATO battalion is already deployed in Lithuania. But Vilnius is not enough. Lithuanian leaders want to attract Washington’s greatest attention to their small country, and for this, like their colleagues from Estonia, they are ready for a lot.

There are several main reasons for this behavior of the Baltic republics. Firstly, the “friendship” with the USA and NATO gives some special meaning to the very existence of tiny states on the Baltic Sea. They appear as some outposts of Western civilization on the border with the hostile "Russian world." Therefore, in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia they love to fan up myths about the Russian threat, about the Soviet occupation, which supposedly disrupted the natural course of events - the development of small countries in line with European civilization.



Secondly, and perhaps, firstly, close relations with the US and NATO are money. Anti-Russian hysteria, according to Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, will help beg Washington and Brussels for as much money tranches as possible to strengthen their defense capabilities and the information war.

In fact, this fortification is meaningless, because regardless of the size of the Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian armies, they will never be able to confront the Russian armed forces. But then the money is on strengthening the border, training military personnel, supplies weapons You can earn. And the authorities of the republics are well aware of this.

Thirdly, now in the Baltic States they are very concerned about the U-turn towards Poland. And there are reasons for concern. Poland is now the only major European country that follows almost unconditionally in the wake of American foreign policy. In Warsaw, they are ready to quarrel even with Brussels, if only not to quarrel with Washington.

For the American leadership, Poland is much more interesting than the Baltic countries, since it has a much larger territory and a much larger population. And in terms of territory and population, Poland is a full-fledged country, and not a “political dwarf”. Plus, unlike Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, Poland has a practically mono-ethnic state, with the exception of migrants. There are no Russian-speaking problems, which make up one third of the population in Latvia.

Nevertheless, the Polish Army is not a couple of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian armies, although it does not reach an independent confrontation with a strong enemy. Finally, Poland is ready, just like the Baltic republics, to provide its territory for American military bases. Only Poland has more territory, which means there are also opportunities to accommodate Americans.

But increasing the pace of cooperation between Washington and Warsaw is very worrying for the Baltic republics. This is not the notorious jealousy, but well-founded fears that cash flows may go a little in the wrong direction and then Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius will remain completely crumbs, if they remain at all.

Now the Baltic republics are trying with all their might to convince the United States of their need, to push Washington to resume the policy of supporting Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga, which was characteristic of the administration of the previous US President Barack Obama. In pursuit of American attention, the Baltic states even promise to pay for the deployment of American troops on their territory, as Donald Trump insists, trying to shift the funding of US troops to host countries.

But Washington is well aware that, firstly, payment amounts will be insignificant - the Baltic republics have practically no money. Secondly, most likely, they will pay from the same American tranches that are supplied to the Baltic republics to strengthen national defense and security.

US and NATO military presence in the Baltic states


The US military and political leadership does not currently consider Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia as significant military allies in Eastern Europe. It is much more interesting for the Americans to develop relations not only with Poland, but also with Romania. And even Ukraine is of much more substantial interest from the military-political point of view than the small Baltic states.

Nevertheless, to drag in its territory American and Western European soldiers for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is one of the main tasks. And I must say, in part they cope with it. So, an American armored battalion has already been deployed in Lithuania. We are talking about the 1st battalion of the 9th regiment of the 1st division of the American army, which includes 30 tanks M1 Abrams, 25 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, 70 wheeled vehicles. The number of personnel of the battalion is 500 people. They will be placed in the city of Pabrade, 10 kilometers from the Lithuanian-Belarusian border.

In addition to this battalion, a mechanized battalion of the German Bundeswehr, infantry companies of the armed forces of the Netherlands and Belgium, a mechanized company of the armed forces of the Czech Republic and even an infantry detachment from Luxembourg are deployed in Lithuania. The total number of NATO military in Lithuania is about 1,5 thousand people. In the village of Mumaychay, the only NATO military warehouse in the Baltic states is located, where armored vehicles, tanks are located, weapons and ammunition are stored.

Finally, in the vicinity of the city of Šiauliai is the military airfield Zokniai, which receives airplanes from the United States and other countries of the alliance. In the 2020 year, the Baltic states are preparing to host the Defender Europe military exercises, in which up to 37 thousands of NATO troops will participate.



The presence of the American and NATO military in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia is also symbolic. This is the eastern border of the "American empire" opposing Russia. And in the Baltic countries now they are also trying to focus on confronting the Russian threat as a unifying idea of ​​the West.

In addition to the Americans, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia call on military men from all NATO countries, conduct joint exercises with them, and in every possible way emphasize the importance of the military presence of foreign states on their territory. Although, it would seem, for a normal country, the very fact of the presence of a foreign military on its territory is offensive.

Russophobia and military psychosis


Reducing financial assistance and withdrawing part of NATO troops is the worst nightmare for the Baltic republics. That’s why Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga are striving to protect themselves through constant support of military psychosis in society through the media. Baltic politicians do not tire of reminding the Americans of the Russian threat, they attribute to Russia the desire to seize certain territories of Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, or even completely occupy the "small but proud" republics.

But all this clanging of weapons is taking place against the backdrop of a rapid deterioration in the socio-economic and demographic situation. The outflow of young and capable population outside the Baltic republics continues.

Economically, the republics, which at one time were the "western window" of the Soviet Union, for thirty years of their sovereignty have not been able to prove their worth. And in order to answer our own citizens the question of why we live at such a level, the authorities of the republics have to constantly support the myth of the Russian threat.

However, the current situation is increasingly boring to Americans. But the main problem is associated with growing mistrust on the part of large countries - EU members. Germany and France understand that the Baltic military-political ambitions have to be paid from the EU budget, that is, from German and French money. At the same time, relations between Moscow and Berlin themselves are much more acceptable than those of the Baltic states.

Europe is also dissatisfied with the fact that Europe bears the main burden on the maintenance of the Baltic states, but Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia play in the “national team” of American satellites, guided primarily by the interests of the United States and not of a “united Europe”.

Finally, the military hysteria of the leadership of the Baltic countries does not meet the interests of most residents of the republics who want to live normally and not exist in conditions of military psychosis and constantly pumped Russophobia. After all, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are now trying to imagine themselves almost "advanced", flooding their territories with military facilities, foreign soldiers and forcing their small, not very belligerent in their mentality people to think in a militaristic spirit.



By the way, in the event of the outbreak of any armed conflict, the tiny republics will take the first blow, and the more NATO and American military facilities are in their territory, the more terrible this strike will be, but no military infrastructure will be able to escape from it.

Military experts believe that the large-scale armed conflict in eastern Europe for the Baltic states will simply become fatal. Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia do not have either territorial or demographic resources to survive such a conflict and maintain political sovereignty, and simply survive.

Therefore, the policy of the leadership of the Baltic countries is anti-people, directed against the interests of their own peoples and impedes the full development of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which in the event of their political neutrality and demilitarization could receive much more preferences for further development.
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  1. Far B
    Far B 18 October 2019 05: 51
    +11
    Against the backdrop of such a fierce Americanophilia and, correspondingly, Russophobia, a logical question arises - and what, in fact, we do not break all kinds of economic relations with tribalt? It is sobering perfectly, but - do not tear. Demonstrate nobility and magnanimity? Or, which is much more likely, one of ours just has a business, nothing personal?
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 18 October 2019 06: 30
      0
      Quote: Dalny V
      and what, in fact, we do not break all kinds of economic relations with the tribals?
      Almost everything has been torn since 2009.
      1. Far B
        Far B 18 October 2019 06: 42
        +1
        Yes?
        Russia remains the main trading partner for Lithuania, according to the Department of Statistics of the Republic.

        Lithuania announced an increase in the number of tourists from Russia

        Last year, Lithuania exported goods at 28,27 billion euros, and imported at 30,94 billion euros. At the same time, exports of goods of Lithuanian origin amounted to 17,29 billion euros.
        Mostly, Lithuania exported to Russia (14 percent), Latvia (9,8), Poland (8,2) and Germany (7,4). The share of imports of goods from Russia amounted to 14,2 percent, from Germany - 12 percent, from Poland - 11,5 percent, from Latvia - 7,2 percent.
        Compared to 2017, the volume of Lithuanian exports and imports with Russia grew by 1,1 and 22,5 percent, respectively.

        Russia is not in the first place in Estonia and Latvia, but it is still among the first. So it is not necessary to say that "everything is torn".
        1. Machito
          Machito 20 October 2019 17: 06
          0
          An important source of income for the tribal countries is sexturism, as it was eight hundred years ago during the Livonian Order.
    2. Greg Miller
      Greg Miller 18 October 2019 09: 25
      +1
      Quote: Far In
      Against the backdrop of such a fierce Americanophilia and, correspondingly, Russophobia, a logical question arises - and what, in fact, we do not break all kinds of economic relations with tribalt? It is sobering perfectly, but - do not tear. Demonstrate nobility and magnanimity? Or, which is much more likely, one of ours just has a business, nothing personal?

      In Russia now, too, capitalism and for the traders sitting in the Kremlin and on Smolenskaya Square, the Tribaltic "tigers" are partners trading in their Russophobia ...
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    3. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 21 October 2019 12: 26
      0
      Because tens of thousands of Muscovites own real estate there. As a rule, this is a service team that does not have money to own in the United States, like the owners, but the opinion of the master makeup artist is traditionally more important than the opinion of the General Staff or the GRU, for example.
  2. Moore
    Moore 18 October 2019 06: 08
    +1
    Nevertheless, dragging American and West European soldiers into its territory for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is one of the main tasks.

    In my opinion, what has already been "dragged" into the territory of the Tribaltsia can only help in the event of internal conflicts against its own population. The population, however, is scattering at a speed (in Latvia, for example) 15-20 thousand a year (i.e. one small town disappears a year), but what if?
  3. SERGEY SERGEEVICS
    SERGEY SERGEEVICS 18 October 2019 06: 22
    -2
    The three Baltic republics (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) are trying with all their might to deepen military cooperation with the United States.
    Well, in vain, they want this, all the same, nothing good will come of it, it is enough to analyze the experience of other countries.
  4. Bacha
    Bacha 18 October 2019 06: 31
    0
    Asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.
  5. Kuroneko
    Kuroneko 18 October 2019 06: 46
    +4
    Therefore, the policy of the leadership of the Baltic countries is anti-people, directed against the interests of their own peoples and impedes the full development of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which in the event of their political neutrality and demilitarization could receive much more preferences for further development.

    Quite right, but the local elites, of course, hope to sit out with their families somewhere in the distance when the "hot porridge" is brewed. Wed $% and they go to their homeland, tk. ordinary opportunists. In general, the so-called "democracy", first of all, has never really worked in history (where it worked, in fact, it was not democracy in its everyday sense, if someone wants to object, I will cite counterarguments with great willingness and malice) ...
    Secondly, the very essence of elections for 4-6 years of the next "ruler" with another cohort of slurp-dish-eating in fact non-self-sufficient and dependent sub-states - it's just a queue to "rob the country" while there is time. For comparison, you can say a lot of bad things about the "tsar" Putin and his team, but the fact that since 2000 to the time of 2019 the country has strengthened at times and the horrors of the "saints of the 90s" are perceived precisely as past horrors - this is undoubtedly. I am not a monarchist, but the idea of ​​"democratic temporary workers" disgusts me much more. Better - a king. If he really does something positive.
    Thirdly, the Baltics (not even the elite, but the people themselves) really got stuck somewhere in the mid-80s, with faith in the kindly enlightened West. The light elves. For the Baltics did not have a severe sobering up, and indeed even in the USSR it was a "showcase", along with the GDR. But it will come soon, mark my word. Sobsno, the elite already understand this very well, so they try to finally snatch more preferences and a bright future for themselves. And then even a flood. In five years (if the Third World "hot" does not have time to start), the new leadership of the finally plundered countries will kneel before Russia. But the train left the day before yesterday, the former "temporary workers" have escaped to the Maldives, and no one will need them.
    Such sad things. = _ =
    1. Cube123
      Cube123 18 October 2019 09: 00
      +2
      Quote: Kuroneko
      In general, the so-called "democracy", first of all, has never really worked in history (where it worked, in fact, it was not democracy in its everyday sense, if someone wants to object, I will cite counterarguments with great willingness and malice) ...

      Guy de Maupassant. "Lunch and a few thoughts"
      http://mopassan.krossw.ru/html_mp/mopassan-09obed-ls_1.html

      "There remains a universal suffrage. You will probably agree with me that people of genius are rare, aren't you? But let's be generous and assume that there are five of them in France now. Add, with the same generosity, two hundred highly talented people, a thousand others, also talented, each in his own field, and ten thousand people, one way or another outstanding. Here is a general staff of eleven two hundred and five minds. Behind him is an army of mediocrity, followed by the whole mass of fools. And since mediocrity and fools always make up the vast majority, it is inconceivable to imagine that they could elect a sensible government. "
    2. 2 Level Advisor
      2 Level Advisor 18 October 2019 09: 08
      -1
      It would be better if Putin was a tsar without quotation marks, and not a "tsar", then he would treat the team more harshly and correctly to the team, to embezzlement, ineffective spending, etc. anyway, nothing changes are not needed and how the family will live after leaving you can not worry .. already this would strengthen development and control at times ..
      the monarchy is the most natural and reliable system of the country - when the king has power and control (not like any Spain, Denmark, but a normal monarchy) -therefore, the naughty angles left the monarchy, the only one that was not chosen, it seemed that it did not climb into management, but controls everything, and the rest were introduced to "progressive" democracy.
      1. Cut Samshitov
        Cut Samshitov 18 October 2019 09: 45
        -1
        the monarchy is the most natural and reliable system of the country - when the king has power and control (not like any Spain, Denmark, but a normal monarchy) -therefore, the naughty angles left the monarchy, the only one that was not chosen, it seemed that it did not climb into management, but controls everything, and the rest were introduced to "progressive" democracy.
        . First, the Anglo-Saxons play the main violin in the USA. Secondly, the British monarchy survived because from the time of Crmwell it became much weaker than the European ones. And most importantly, all the indisputable advantages of the monarchy are crossed out by the fact that sooner or later another Nikolay Kshesinsky comes to power and this parish coincides with the difficult period for the country.
        1. 2 Level Advisor
          2 Level Advisor 18 October 2019 09: 55
          -1
          Kshesinsky or Yeltsin or Yushchenko and Poroshenko - with the same probability can come with democracy, perhaps even more .. and as for the powers of the queen - just hammer in the real powers of the Queen of England and you’ll understand everything, for example, she claims the prime minister, appoints judges she, the head of the church, and so on ..
          but who the United States or Ang plays the main violin is not very sure that mattresses, for example, the leading financial center of the world is London, and money is known to rule the world now .. think about it ..
          1. Cut Samshitov
            Cut Samshitov 18 October 2019 10: 04
            -1
            Monarchy excludes the main thing - competition in the struggle for power. If you really like the British Queen so much, google what country Lisa 2 took at the coronation and compare with the current state of GB. During the reign of Elizabeth II, the country passed a "glorious" way from the British Lion to the American Poodle.
            1. 2 Level Advisor
              2 Level Advisor 18 October 2019 14: 47
              -1
              the country of Baba Liza steers the finances of the world, it’s definitely no worse than keeping a huge army and navy in the colonies and steering this whole economy ..

              What do you think is more interesting to the Anglo-Saxons:
              1. receive more money while straining less (lead financial flows)
              2. rejoice that half a globus of your color

              at the same time, if someone does not obey - the Orange Revolution comes, sanctions, democratizers, etc. money bought and influence ...

              The funny thing is that in my opinion the poodle is the chef of the eagle and tells him the victims .. And this does not mean that the striped eagle does not stand up, just when asked by the chef, it always helps ..

              I repeat, now in the world, unfortunately, money rules and not the size of an empire ..
  6. Ali Kokand
    Ali Kokand 18 October 2019 07: 17
    0
    The population does not approve of such a policy - yeah, and therefore it chooses these politicians. No, the people there are quite sane, and they support their power. At the beginning of the Second World War, everyone was waiting, the working class of Germany would rise and throw off the Nazis. Do not trust, do not fear, do not ask. It’s really better to look at the world than through pink glasses. Frustration will be less.
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 18 October 2019 07: 21
    0
    They will collect them in one heap and get .... yes her figs knows that from this one can be blinded?
    The Union, the next Commonwealth ... you can try, not even very expensive, but the quality of the cobbled together is very doubtful.
    "I blinded youO of what was!"
  8. Ros 56
    Ros 56 18 October 2019 09: 31
    0
    A beautiful picture at the beginning of the article, like this Chukhons stand and do not open your mouth.
  9. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 18 October 2019 09: 49
    +2
    Quote: Dalny V
    In Estonia and Latvia, Russia is not in the first place

    In Estonia, for sure. After pulling out Estonia in 2009, Russia made a small "zuhenweichik" at the borders. (Following the example of the Narva-Ivangorod border). All the trucks going on Peter were inspected for an hour and more, thoroughly, there was no inspection at night. Lines accumulated across the border and stood for a week. Here the Christmas and New Year holidays began, the checkpoint did not work. After the New Year, customs tariffs have doubled. During this time, two new checkpoints were built on the Finnish-Russian border, inspection no more than 5 minutes. The entire stream went through Finland. After that, practically nothing goes through the Estonian-Russian border.
  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 18 October 2019 10: 51
    0
    Where are you, master?
    Born to crawl cannot fly. And the one born to creep will always find before whom. While Russophobia is in demand, this product will be in demand.
  11. faterdom
    faterdom 18 October 2019 11: 48
    0
    Yes, the Sultan forgot something in this part of the harem. It does not fertilize. Sadness.
  12. VB
    VB 21 October 2019 03: 09
    +1
    Zoknyay airfield - our former base, can take any kind of aircraft. In Pabrad, our former military town and near the training ground with a tank director, Yeltsin left everything, the land was glassy with Gorbachev. they left everything to the enemies.
  13. Andrey Grad
    Andrey Grad 21 October 2019 23: 40
    +1
    What are you talking about? No national elites in the Baltics decide anything. We have been observing this in Riga for 30 years. From the beginning of the 90s, pre-trained personnel from Latvian emigrants were brought from the West and placed in the governing structures of the government and parliament. Even now, the ministers are British citizens, the USA, the president is a German citizen! Parliament before the adoption of any serious law sends messengers to the embassy for consultation. The totalitarian occupation regime in the Nazi style. You can block the borders, stop trade, these Western managers are violet, they are at work in the Baltic states, the contract will end, they will go to the family to the west.