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Latvian army called the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic

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Latvian army called the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic

The Latvian army was called the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic states and was accused of inability to defend the territory of its own republic. This statement was made by the former commander of the Estonian Defense Forces Ants Laaneots on the LTV7 television channel.


According to Laaneots, the professional army of Latvia is too small and the Latvian government spends too much money on the maintenance of “six thousand professional military men”. He believes that the six thousandth army, even with the support of Latvian volunteer forces, is not able to cope with the protection of its own territory from its "eastern neighbor." This situation is especially dangerous because "Russia has begun rearmament and is obviously preparing for some kind of aggression."

Six thousand soldiers in matters of Latvian defense will not solve anything. Even if you add 8 or 11 of thousands of volunteers to them, it still does not solve anything

- he said.

An Estonian politician advised Latvia to change the army, restoring universal military duty and adding military service to the contract, citing the Estonian army as an example. He noted that there are about 70 thousand people in the reserve of the Estonian army and another 26 thousand serve in voluntary armed organizations.

Frankly, Estonia and Lithuania consider Latvia the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic countries

- he concluded.
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  1. Alexander Petrov1
    Alexander Petrov1 15 November 2019 12: 52 New
    +2
    And I thought that Latvia was a superpower with nuclear weapons. laughing
    1. Same lech
      Same lech 15 November 2019 12: 55 New
      +1
      And I thought that Latvia was a superpower with nuclear weapons.

      They consider themselves to be the forefront in containing Russia ... like Poland ... well, I don’t know ... there will be no line there after a missile launch from a missile defense ... there will be nothing at all.
      1. Spartanez300
        Spartanez300 15 November 2019 13: 01 New
        14
        In the Baltic countries, it makes no sense at all to maintain an army, since they are like sprats against sharks against Russia, and there are no more opponents as such.
        1. cniza
          cniza 15 November 2019 13: 16 New
          +7
          Normal countries of their caliber, such as Andora, do so, why the army, if it does not stop anyone, they live in friendship with their neighbors, only the police have a place to be.
          1. L-39NG
            L-39NG 15 November 2019 13: 34 New
            0
            And for what, then, the army in Switzerland? And there was not Hitler, and not others did not dare to climb
            1. Alexander Petrov1
              Alexander Petrov1 15 November 2019 13: 40 New
              +1
              Because this Switzerland kept the money of these rapists and kept silent in the tube ...
          2. Leeds
            Leeds 15 November 2019 14: 27 New
            -2
            "Russia has begun rearmament and is obviously preparing for some kind of aggression."

            To NATO aggression. The untrained will be "democratized."
          3. Moore
            Moore 15 November 2019 15: 29 New
            +1
            Andorra was smart enough to blame its neighbors (France, Spain) and not climb like NATO and Luxembourg into NATO. And now they would also listen to the whining about the fact that you need to buy one Abrams and a couple of Javelins.
          4. Grits
            Grits 15 November 2019 17: 26 New
            +2
            Quote: cniza
            Normal countries of their caliber, such as Andora, do so, why the army, if it does not stop anyone, they live in friendship with their neighbors, only the police have a place to be.

            The Baltic states cannot live in friendship with their neighbors in any way - they will cease to love, praise, cherish and feed them.
    2. Andrey Chistyakov
      Andrey Chistyakov 15 November 2019 12: 56 New
      +2
      Quote: Alexander Petrov1
      And I thought that Latvia was a superpower with nuclear weapons. laughing

      Not at all. Estonia will "save" Latvia ... They would not be "late" if only ...
      1. 210ox
        210ox 15 November 2019 13: 27 New
        +5
        Both those and other main candidates for slaughter. What is the weak link?
        1. iConst
          iConst 15 November 2019 13: 37 New
          +2
          Quote: 210ox
          former commander of the Estonian defense forces

          Information flashed somewhere that these "tigers" only needed a couple of weeks to restrain the bear, and then the cavalry would arrive in time.

          But the kid on the photo is so bizarre ... oops!
          1. Grits
            Grits 15 November 2019 17: 29 New
            +2
            Quote: iConst
            But the kid on the photo is so bizarre ... oops!

            And then! All the same, they gave me a beautiful bourgeois machine gun. Not like this boring soviet "Kalash". Envy, quilted jackets.
            1. tracer
              tracer 16 November 2019 00: 34 New
              0
              This beautiful sample of small arms is nothing more than the same German-made rifle the rigidity of the plastic from which it is made "floats" when fired in bursts. And she begins to throw shots mercilessly.
          2. Pete mitchell
            Pete mitchell 16 November 2019 04: 00 New
            +3
            Quote: iConst
            Somewhere information flashed that these "tigers" only needed to restrain the bear for a couple of weeks, and then ...

            This is probably such a pervertedly veiled way to motivate them - you hold on, hold on ..., we will never forget about you .... because Nata knows who is standing opposite you ....
            PS Specifically, in Latvia there was one sensible unit - special forces, because it was created by a former officer of the 'Kabul company', a man respected among his own. But it was a long time ago, and "did not go to court" - thank God patriots got rid of him
      2. Russobel
        Russobel 15 November 2019 17: 30 New
        +1
        Far to Tallinn?
        Already far away ...
    3. Samaritan
      Samaritan 15 November 2019 12: 58 New
      +7
      Well, judging by talking only about infantry and soldiers: they are still preparing for the First World War ... lol
      1. Alexander Petrov1
        Alexander Petrov1 15 November 2019 13: 00 New
        +1
        It’s not they who were running around with drone machine guns in exercises? laughing
      2. bobba94
        bobba94 15 November 2019 20: 30 New
        +1
        There is not only infantry, there is aviation available ..... 2 Mi-2 helicopters, 2 Mi-17 helicopters and 4 An-2 aircraft.
    4. The comment was deleted.
      1. Alexander Petrov1
        Alexander Petrov1 15 November 2019 13: 02 New
        +1
        Duck they are needed in Europe either for brothels or for plumbers ... laughing
    5. Samaritan
      Samaritan 15 November 2019 13: 04 New
      +2
      Quote: Samaritan
      Well, judging by talking only about infantry and soldiers: they are still preparing for the First World War ... lol

      THEIR Air Force: AN-2 - 2 pcs. LET L-410UVP - 1 pc. and 15 helicopters laughing drinks
      1. askort154
        askort154 15 November 2019 13: 36 New
        +1
        Samaritan.... THEIR Air Force: AN-2 - 2 pcs. LET L-410UVP - 1 pc. and 15 helicopters

        You did not take into account a few more planes that they carried in their hands at their military parade, on the anniversary of the liberation from the "Soviet occupation".
        Unfortunately, the type of aircraft was not familiar to me.
        Apparently this is already the 7th generation. yes
        1. Pete mitchell
          Pete mitchell 16 November 2019 03: 46 New
          +3
          Quote: askort154
          Samaritan.... THEIR Air Force: AN-2 - 2 pcs. LET L-410UVP - 1 pc. and 15 helicopters You have not taken into account yet ...

          ... how many pilots are there and the level of their training ... suddenly gets sick, well, so as not to waste resources even in vain.
    6. YOUR
      YOUR 15 November 2019 13: 12 New
      +7
      You shouldn’t be so. A very powerful army, they even have a tank, they leased it. And a caterpillar all-terrain vehicle.
    7. RUSS
      RUSS 15 November 2019 13: 22 New
      +1
      It is clear to everyone that there are no and will not be combat-ready armies in the Baltic countries, they are simply not needed there; for NATO, the Baltic countries are interesting only in terms of territories.
      1. Aerodrome
        Aerodrome 15 November 2019 13: 36 New
        +2
        ,
        Estonia and Lithuania consider Latvia the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic countries
        Well, I don’t know ... they scare me ... yes
      2. Pete mitchell
        Pete mitchell 16 November 2019 03: 42 New
        +3
        Do not mind:
        Quote: RUSS
        for NATO, the Baltic countries are interesting only in terms of territories ...

        ... to host an airspace surveillance system, aka BaltNet: in the case of a Russian chipper, it will have to be 'demolished'. When the signal from the Baltic states ceases to enter the air defense system of Western Europe - they will simply turn on the stopwatch and begin to wait - when it arrives ...
        All other legends about Baltic army - this is from the evil one ....
    8. Bykov.
      Bykov. 15 November 2019 13: 44 New
      +1
      Quote: Alexander Petrov1
      And I thought that Latvia was a superpower with nuclear weapons. laughing

      Well, no such power as the other two Baltic extinctions.
  2. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 15 November 2019 12: 53 New
    +7
    Monya, these two poor district centers, called themselves - ,, the state ,,?!
    1. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 12: 55 New
      -1
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      Monya, these two poor district centers, called themselves - ,, the state ,,?!

      Have you been in the Baltic countries for a long time?
      1. LiSiCyn
        LiSiCyn 15 November 2019 13: 05 New
        +8
        Aron, have you been for a long time? And where ?
        At the expense of Lithuania, I can discuss with you.
        1. Aaron Zawi
          Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 13: 08 New
          -1
          Quote: LiSiCyn
          Aron, have you been for a long time? And where ?
          At the expense of Lithuania, I can discuss with you.

          Three years ago. Lithuania and Latvia. Vilnius Trakai. Riga-Jurmala. And just ride through the woods. That's what it doesn't smell like, it's poverty.
          1. olegactor
            olegactor 15 November 2019 13: 19 New
            -1
            Three years ago. Lithuania and Latvia. Vilnius Trakai. Riga-Jurmala. And just ride through the woods. That's what it doesn't smell like, it's poverty.

            that's just no fairy tales ... especially about Vilnius and surroundings .... it definitely doesn’t smell of wealth there
            1. Aaron Zawi
              Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 13: 30 New
              0
              Quote: olegactor
              Three years ago. Lithuania and Latvia. Vilnius Trakai. Riga-Jurmala. And just ride through the woods. That's what it doesn't smell like, it's poverty.

              that's just no fairy tales ... especially about Vilnius and surroundings .... it definitely doesn’t smell of wealth there

              Compared to Moscow, it doesn't smell. But if you compare with Volgograd and Rostov, where I was this summer, especially if you drive 5 km from the city center, then ...
              1. Amateur
                Amateur 15 November 2019 13: 39 New
                -1
                But if you compare with Volgograd and Rostov, where I was this summer, especially if you drive 5 km from the city center, then ...

                And if you compare with the kibbutz?
                1. Aaron Zawi
                  Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 14: 03 New
                  +2
                  Quote: Amateur
                  But if you compare with Volgograd and Rostov, where I was this summer, especially if you drive 5 km from the city center, then ...

                  And if you compare with the kibbutz?

                  It depends on which one.
                  1. Amateur
                    Amateur 15 November 2019 14: 07 New
                    -1
                    Well, you found a hole in 5 km. from Volgograd. You can search well with Tel Aviv or Hebron.
                    1. Aaron Zawi
                      Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 14: 40 New
                      +2
                      Quote: Amateur
                      Well, you found a hole in 5 km. from Volgograd. You can search well with Tel Aviv or Hebron.

                      There you will definitely not find a poor kibbutz. But in general, I didn’t even write 5km from Volgograd, but 5km from the center. You will be in Volgograd, take a trip to the Kirovsky district or Traktorozavodskaya.
                      1. Amateur
                        Amateur 15 November 2019 15: 01 New
                        -2
                        "The pig will find dirt anyway"
                        Russian folk proverb
              2. olegactor
                olegactor 15 November 2019 17: 03 New
                +1
                Now if you compare with Volgograd and Rostov,

                And about Rostov, too, nonsense .... I myself am from the Kuban .. and we are no worse and even better than the labuses
          2. vadson
            vadson 15 November 2019 13: 21 New
            0
            why are they washing toilets in England?
            1. vadson
              vadson 15 November 2019 13: 30 New
              +2
              yes, the joke remembered who the last one flies off let him turn off the lights at the airport.
            2. Aaron Zawi
              Aaron Zawi 15 November 2019 13: 34 New
              0
              Quote: vadson
              why are they washing toilets in England?

              Probably because those who wash have this opportunity. What do you think, and those who receive a salary in Russia up to 30 thousand rubles would refuse to go to England for this not prestigious job? By the way, the Balts there not only wash the toilets. After graduation, many young people work in European concerns.
              1. LiSiCyn
                LiSiCyn 15 November 2019 13: 57 New
                +5
                Key phrase ...
                Quote: Aron Zaavi
                After graduation, many young people work in European concerns.

                If still
                Quote: Aron Zaavi
                Three years ago.
                , You could see children on the street, now it’s less and less. My aunt lives in Šiauliai. I, as if in the know. wink
                And the picture that you saw is the legacy of the "fat" 90s and early 00s. But after the transition to the euro and the termination of EU subsidies, the situation changes dramatically. So, come back in 5 years. And preferably not in Vilnius and its surroundings.
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 15 November 2019 15: 51 New
                  +3
                  An acquaintance of mine in truckers "serves" and until recently drove trucks to Lithuania. He said that on the streets of Vilnius you will hear Russian speech almost more often than Lithuanian. And young people flee from there to the west, because there are no prospects in their homeland ..
          3. Aerodrome
            Aerodrome 15 November 2019 13: 37 New
            +1
            Quote: Aron Zaavi
            . Riga-Jurmala. And just ride through the woods. That's what it doesn't smell like, it's poverty.

            Jurmala-stinks and does not smell! look at what the "sanatoriums" have become ...
          4. bobba94
            bobba94 15 November 2019 20: 38 New
            +2
            The population of the EU is approximately 500 million. The total population of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania does not reach even 3 million. They do not smell of poverty. It’s like a proverb, with the world on a string - the Baltic states shirt.
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 15 November 2019 12: 56 New
    +2
    And there is a strong link ??? surprised ...
  4. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 15 November 2019 12: 57 New
    +1
    accused of failure to protect the territory of their own republic. This statement was made by the former commander of the Estonian defense forces.
    And, Estonians mean able to protect with their own hands. This is a storyteller)))
    1. Spartanez300
      Spartanez300 15 November 2019 13: 13 New
      +1
      According to official statistics, the Estonian army has 6 troops in the regular forces and 400 in the Defense League.
      The Estonian official has nothing to boast about.
  5. knn54
    knn54 15 November 2019 13: 10 New
    +3
    The Estonian "drives" ...
    1. Mouse
      Mouse 15 November 2019 13: 45 New
      +6
      Quote: knn54
      The Estonian "drives" ...

      laughing already a joke good
      1. Rusland
        Rusland 15 November 2019 15: 32 New
        +3
        "The Latvian army was called the weakest link"

        If the weak link of the chain, then do not ring for sure, like their neighbors. Well, if they rustle, then they scratch each their own, individually. yes
        1. Mouse
          Mouse 16 November 2019 20: 33 New
          +4
          I remember such a transfer ... there was some kind of screaming-: You are the weak link !!!! just horror as she lowered them ....
          R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№ hi
      2. Pete mitchell
        Pete mitchell 16 November 2019 03: 34 New
        +4
        Quote: Mouse
        Quote: knn54
        The Estonian "drives" ...

        laughing already a joke good

        hi he doesn’t “drive”, he frankly is “stupid”. Such big and important guy, and didn’t understand why they dragged them into this NATO harlot. Tovarischi balts, but you are not interested in anyone: you are not a decent market; prospects with gulkin litter; those working in the west will never return; now the subsidies will end along with transit, and even there will be nothing to steal. Pink glasses it's time to shoot - you were made early warning system for the safety of old Europe, aka 'sheep for the slaughter', that's all, the latter turns off the light ....
        1. Mouse
          Mouse 16 November 2019 20: 30 New
          +4
          Quote: Pete Mitchell
          and I didn’t understand why they dragged them into this NATO harlot

          everything is just to the peak of Russia ... tramp hi
  6. gx200gx
    gx200gx 15 November 2019 13: 12 New
    +3
    _ Six thousand soldiers in matters of defense of Latvia will not solve anything. Even if you add 8 or 11 thousand volunteers to them, it still doesn’t solve anything [quote] [/ quote] -there at least put everyone under arms, it won’t help, like small children ...
  7. cniza
    cniza 15 November 2019 13: 13 New
    +4
    Frankly, Estonia and Lithuania consider Latvia the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic countries


    And what does Poland think in relation to you and further on in increasing ...
    1. Mouse
      Mouse 16 November 2019 20: 49 New
      +3
      Quote: cniza
      and further ascending ...

      somehow increasing, it is a progression ... geometric, arithmetic, infinite ...
      such a suspicion that they have everything in the compartment ... wink
      1. cniza
        cniza 16 November 2019 21: 09 New
        +2
        Not well, higher mathematics is an exact science, and they have a plumbing progression.
        1. Mouse
          Mouse 16 November 2019 21: 16 New
          +3
          survived the sewage collapse? let them get ready for the next .... NATO members piss and, excuse me, poop-they will not stop ... physiology ....
  8. Alien From
    Alien From 15 November 2019 13: 20 New
    0
    All sprat republics, would rather think about friendship with their eastern neighbor, you look and life would be better, but no, religion doesn’t allow, and a striped hand to the throat is selected))) in vain they will exchange them for ....
  9. alean245
    alean245 15 November 2019 13: 27 New
    +1
    Latvian army called the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic

  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 15 November 2019 13: 33 New
    +3
    Frankly, Estonia and Lithuania consider Latvia the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic countries
    I don’t even know to laugh or not to react to cheeks puffing out with limitrophes. Estonia and Lithuania are trying to lower Latvia below the plinth, under which they are themselves. What is this if not an attempt to curry favor at least a little, so that the owner loudly called his "beloved wife" in this region. On a small territory, three Russophobic states are competing against who has a stronger army and who can resist the Russians. Isn't it funny?
    1. cost
      cost 15 November 2019 14: 05 New
      +4
      According to Laaneots, the professional army of Latvia is too small

      as comrade Bolivar said - "according to Juan and sombrero" yes
      But seriously, Latvia is enough and such - still no one is going to attack it
  11. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 15 November 2019 13: 43 New
    +3
    It is foolish to compare the armies and military potentials of small countries and giants ... And the task in this case is for the Baltic states, like for the frontier post - to report the violation of the border in time and try to hold out until the main forces approach. True, under the ossified leadership of NATO, wait, most likely they will not be fate.
  12. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 15 November 2019 14: 12 New
    +2
    So give up right away ......... laughing
  13. New Year day
    New Year day 15 November 2019 14: 18 New
    +1
    Latvian army - where is it? laughing
  14. Galleon
    Galleon 15 November 2019 14: 27 New
    -2
    I have the feeling that there is a discussion of absurd news from a stupid person, in this case, an Estonian minister. Well, he decided to declare that he has more ... an army, compared to his neighbor, and how powerful he is from this. The usual arrogance, by mistake, has become news. For some gathered on the site, another reason to spit in the direction of the Baltic states and feel their greatness. Just...
  15. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 15 November 2019 14: 38 New
    0
    And the rest - Eagles ?!
    1. Galleon
      Galleon 15 November 2019 17: 33 New
      0
      The rest do not need to feel their greatness in relation to a small neighbor, even if hostile. Will get to the fight - then show. And we will not stoop to the onset of the onset of mockery and reproaches.
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  17. Kibl
    Kibl 15 November 2019 15: 31 New
    0
    The modern Latvian army is the circus of the cheapest bottling. These are regular parts, and after all there are all sorts of landlords and other trash. Honor is a lot, little use, plus corruption and kickbacks beloved by everyone in the purchase of used weapons and other things, ...., ....
  18. Catfish
    Catfish 15 November 2019 15: 58 New
    +1
    An Estonian politician advised Latvia to change the army, restoring universal military duty and adding military service to the contract, citing the Estonian army as an example. He noted that there are about 70 thousand people in the reserve of the Estonian army and another 26 thousand serve in voluntary armed organizations.


    And this is what the crap turns out: all of them, both Estonia and Latvia, were written off to zero long ago by the NATO main command. Because in the event of the outbreak of the Great War, one ash will remain from these micro-settlements. So in Latvia the people turned out to be smarter - why the hell spend money on the army, if there is no use from it, it is better to "live for your own pleasure." It is the Estonians who still cannot forget their "heroic" past in the German SS, but for some reason they do not want to remember how it all ended.
  19. Ros 56
    Ros 56 15 November 2019 16: 14 New
    0
    In-in, it's time to start biting each other, for a place in the sun, although to be honest both of them are not worth a damn.
  20. 7,62h54
    7,62h54 15 November 2019 16: 33 New
    0
    NATO needs the Baltic states as donors. And they are trained only so that the organs and body are in good shape. In the event of a mess, surgeons from Europe will gut them still warm.
  21. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor 15 November 2019 17: 18 New
    0
    From whom did these Selyuks generally gather with assault rifles? In the event of a conflict, Russia will simply burn them with missiles ...
    1. Cetron
      Cetron 15 November 2019 21: 34 New
      +1
      Why burn out? Come, meet - and there is vodka, and a beer. True, after Western corporations bought out production and brands, beer became worse, reminds German of average lousiness. And Natsik in percentage terms is no more than yours, though the majority is in power. At the household level, they are quickly put in place. In Latvia, 40% are not Latvians, as many are from mixed families, the very one is Russian at heart, the name and surname are not Russian.
  22. Oleg (Kharkov)
    Oleg (Kharkov) 16 November 2019 11: 33 New
    -1
    But when everything was different. These people terrified the Russian people.
    The Latvian Rifle Division became the first division of the Red Army. Latvian shooters were the largest national military formation in the service in the Red Army. They were used exclusively as a fighting force on the side of the Bolsheviks. Their total number is about 80 thousand people. The regiments of the Latvian riflemen were widely used on the entire front of the Civil War.
    Parts of the Latvian riflemen differed in iron discipline and were used to suppress anti-Bolshevik uprisings in a number of cities (Yaroslavl, Murom, Rybinsk, Kaluga, Medyn, Saratov, Novgorod, etc.). Many commanders of the Latvian riflemen subsequently, after the disbandment of the units, were able to achieve large leadership posts. So, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic (RKKA) was Joakim Ioakimovich Vatsetsis, and the first head of the GULAG was the former Latvian shooter F. I. Eichmans. Latvian shooters also began to occupy significant positions in the Red Army.
    It was the sailors who were decomposed in February, they were always "tired" of both the service and the "Baltic tea". As Academician A.I. Fursov notes, revolutionary sailors often walked with cocaine (cocaine and morphine were the most common drugs in Petrograd, sailors made up the lion's share of their consumers). And what is the use of drug addicts? Kill women and children? They say that the sailors sent to us from St. Petersburg were completely mad from drunkenness, from cocaine, from self-will. Drunk, they rush to the prisoners in the Chechen emergency without orders from their superiors and kill anyone. Recently they rushed to kill some woman with a child. She prayed to be spared for the sake of the child, but the sailors shouted: "Don't worry, we'll give him an olive oil too!" - and they shot him too. For fun, the prisoners are driven out into the yard and forced to run, while they themselves shoot, deliberately making mistakes.
    This was not the case with Latvians. arbeiten und disziplinen!
  23. aszzz888
    aszzz888 17 November 2019 10: 40 New
    0
    Latvian army called the weakest link in the defense of the Baltic

    And she once was a strong link ?! laughing wassat laughing