Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help


Three Baltic republics insist on expanding the military presence of the United States and NATO on their territory. The authorities of these states are panicky afraid of Russia, but at the same time they understand that without the help of the West in the event of a conflict with our country they are doomed.


Small population, small territory, scarce economic resources - all these factors do not allow either Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia to have numerous and efficient armed forces. Although rattle weapons in the Baltic States they love - they constantly hold parades and exercises, send 10 soldiers to NATO contingents in the Middle East.

What are the armed forces of the Baltic countries today, if you do not take into account the military potential of their NATO allies? In other words, we are pondering what will happen if NATO does not help its Baltic friends.

The small army of Lithuania


The largest armed forces in the Baltic states are Lithuania. Their number is 19 thousand 224 people. The main combat units of the ground forces are two brigades - the Zemaitiya motorized infantry brigade and the Iron Wolf mechanized brigade. In addition, there is also an engineering battalion. The country's air force is about 1200 military and civilian specialists: an air base, an air defense battalion, and a command center. Three transport planes and three helicopters are not great power in order to confront not only Russia, but also much weaker states. Another 600 people serve in the Lithuanian Navy. A separate branch of the armed forces - Special Operations Forces, existing since 1995.

The armament of the Lithuanian army is carried out by its NATO allies - the USA, Denmark, Poland, Germany. At the same time, the Lithuanian troops were actually given over to foreign command: the Iron Wolf brigade is operatively subordinate to the headquarters of the German Bundeswehr division, and the Zhemaitia brigade is subordinate to the motorized infantry division of Denmark. At the same time, the Lithuanian authorities in 2019 announced the need to increase the number of army personnel by 25% - up to 26 thousand people.


But even generous funding does not help motivate young Lithuanians to join the armed forces: a trip to work in Western Europe becomes a much more attractive life scenario for guys from simple families. And the 26th armed forces are only two Russian divisions, so if it makes any sense to increase the size of the Lithuanian army, it’s only for the pockets of Lithuanian officials from the defense department.

Latvia: in honor of 102nd place


In the global ranking of the armed forces Global Firepower-2020, Latvia takes 102nd place, letting forward such powers as Cameroon, Mali and Burkina Faso. The national armed forces have 6,5 military personnel and 8000 Zeessargi militia fighters.

Ground forces - this is an infantry brigade of two battalions and a small unit of special forces, as well as parts of the military police and staff services. The Air Force is armed with 3 aircraft and 6 helicopters, the number of personnel is 319 people. The Latvian Navy has 587 sailors and 5 ships. In addition to the army and the militia, another 2,5 thousand people serve in the border guard.


Having an even weaker army than Lithuania, Latvia, nevertheless, expects to hold out for at least a week in the event of an imaginary attack by Russia, and then the soldiers will allegedly proceed to a guerrilla war. In fact, if NATO does not promptly intervene in the conflict, then within one to three days the resistance of the Latvian armed forces can be suppressed.

Estonia: few soldiers, but many ambitions


Estonia in the mentioned ranking of the armed forces - in 119th place, behind not only Latvia, but also Niger, Honduras and Botswana. The number of Estonian armed forces is 6400. Ground forces - 2 motorized infantry brigades (the 2nd consisting of only 1 battalion) and a guard battalion of the military police, the Air Force - 4 helicopters and 4 transport aircraft, the Navy - 3 mine sweepers and 2 control ships. Another 4 helicopters and 3 aircraft are in service with the Estonian Coast Guard.


But with such a modest size and armament, Estonia, like its neighbor Latvia, is not alien to militaristic ambitions. True, Tallinn cannot realize plans for the militarization of the country at its own expense, and rather rapidly drives itself into ever greater debts to the United States and the EU. However, skeptics generally doubt the need for the Estonian army as such, since NATO troops are based on the territory of the country. It is clear that in the event of a real armed conflict with Russia, the Estonian armed forces will be defeated instantly.

Thus, the military potential of the Baltic republics is so meager that it does not allow them to defend their sovereignty on their own, if anyone needs it at all ... An armed conflict not only with Russia, but also with any other neighboring country, for example, Belarus is fraught for the Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian armies with complete defeat. Of course, some fighters will go over to partisan resistance, but the Baltic armies will not be able to keep not only the borders, but also the capitals of their countries.

However, nobody is going to attack these small states with the overwhelming ambitions of the authorities.
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  1. Masha 10 February 2020 13: 17 New
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    The small army of Lithuania, the honorary 102nd place of Latvia and many Estonian ambitions are strength !!! wassat
    1. Shurik70 10 February 2020 13: 44 New
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      the military potential of the Baltic republics is so meager that it does not allow them to independently defend their sovereignty, if anyone needs him at all

      The Baltic states were a "showcase" of the USSR. But in fact - subsidized region.
      But in Europe she became an ass. Rather, hemorrhoids.
      And they will remain hemorrhoids for anyone who conquers, buys them or voluntarily joins them.
      The key phrase is "if someone needs them."
      They are not needed. To nobody.

      Although there is, of course, the option that he is so desperate that they will be the first to attack. To Belarus. She will be forced to conquer them.
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        1. Grandfather Crimea 10 February 2020 15: 03 New
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          As in a joke - at 9.00 they declared war, and at 9.10 everyone was united together!
          1. knn54 10 February 2020 15: 47 New
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            The armies of the Baltic countries are interesting.
            And for WHO "postscript", what will happen if NATO does not help?
      2. Uran53 10 February 2020 18: 31 New
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        In the place of the Tribalts, I would make an insidious attack on Switzerland, and after lunch I would surrender to the mercy of the winners.
    2. novel66 10 February 2020 13: 48 New
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      Small population, small territory, scarce economic resources
      Well, who the fuck are they ???
      1. Romka47 10 February 2020 15: 05 New
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        But here, it’s not some geographic location (the sea is good, but that’s all), neither resources, nor scientists (well, maybe geniuses there, and it’s necessary to grab them) at least someone needs them. Although in terms of geography it is against us, and as the first train of meat for the same NATO against the Russian Federation, they are, in principle, suitable.
  2. Skay 10 February 2020 13: 19 New
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    There are no countries in the Baltic states. There is a NATO training ground.
    1. lucul 10 February 2020 13: 29 New
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      There are no countries in the Baltic states. There is a NATO training ground

      The countries of the kept woman - all their history were kept ..
  3. DMB 75 10 February 2020 13: 23 New
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    what will happen if NATO does not help

    What will happen ... There will be nothing ... There will be no "troebals", nor other Russophobes, who are so eager for NATO ...
    1. Masha 10 February 2020 13: 30 New
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      Quote: DMB 75
      There will be nothing..

      how is it nothing? and krants ??? wink
      1. novel66 10 February 2020 13: 48 New
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        yes they are already somewhere there
        1. Masha 10 February 2020 13: 55 New
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          are present! wink love
          1. novel66 10 February 2020 13: 56 New
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            and never left! lol love
            1. Masha 10 February 2020 14: 05 New
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              Hopelessness ... crying
              1. novel66 10 February 2020 14: 06 New
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                one bright spot - the Soviet past and then - the occupation ... where is the positive ??
                1. Masha 10 February 2020 14: 08 New
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                  NATO has come, it has brought hope ... that’s all positive ... wink
                  1. novel66 10 February 2020 14: 10 New
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                    little to them, you see, hope that!
                    1. Masha 10 February 2020 14: 12 New
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                      That give them no matter how much ... all is not enough .... yes
                      1. novel66 10 February 2020 14: 13 New
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                        when under each Christmas tree he will sit on a NATO member - enough for them
                      2. Masha 10 February 2020 14: 16 New
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                        Then they will need two NATO members to sit, and there you look and three will be needed ... The Union gave, not enough ... now NATO is shoving, again not enough ... laughing
                        It’s called ... the more you get, the more your appetite ... laughing
                      3. novel66 10 February 2020 14: 17 New
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                        all dirtied !! ETOG NATO!
                      4. Masha 10 February 2020 14: 34 New
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                        I think ... that if necessary, we will have a trash can ... for such a case ... laughing
                      5. novel66 10 February 2020 14: 50 New
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                        we have them. that they can, without understanding, sweep everyone to the Baltic Sea .... clear out. so to speak
  • Gene84 10 February 2020 13: 24 New
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    Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help

    There will be nothing in the Baltic laughing
    Seriously, why should we attack them? Now, if they attack ... This will be the suicide of the Baltic states.
    1. Lamata 10 February 2020 13: 31 New
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      Um, and as you see it, that they themselves will attack, although they are eccentrics by the 13th letter, they are not critical.
      1. Gene84 10 February 2020 13: 39 New
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        Judging by their Russophobic statements, they are all over that.
        And for what we need them?
        1. Lamata 10 February 2020 13: 55 New
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          Togo those who are in power. And yes, labuses are not for us either in the village or in the city.
    2. Sergey Olegovich 10 February 2020 13: 59 New
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      Quote: Gene84
      Now, if they attack ...

      Oh, what will be, what will be ... I can not even imagine what will happen then ... laughing
  • Nick Russ 10 February 2020 13: 25 New
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    ,, Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help ,,
    And NATO will not help them. There are no fools.
  • Arlen 10 February 2020 13: 25 New
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    What are the armed forces of the Baltic countries

    They don’t represent anything, absolutely nothing. Only Ponte and all.
  • Cowbra 10 February 2020 13: 32 New
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    What will be, what will be ... Latvia has long been occupied. Do you know who captured?
    https://press.lv/post/bobry-atakuyut-latviyu-i-pokushayutsya-dazhe-na-mildu/
    This April, Latvia faced an invasion of beavers. Rodents go on land, attack peaceful passersby and desecrate monuments in the center of Riga.

    The biathlon team of the Russian Federation will generally destroy them
    1. Sandor Clegane 10 February 2020 13: 37 New
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      Quote: Cowbra
      The biathlon team of the Russian Federation will generally destroy them

      alas, biathlon is not the same, so most likely the Ministry of Emergencies
    2. KCA
      KCA 10 February 2020 15: 09 New
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      I’ve gone there for a week, to the militia, I would have saved a dozen beavers, they are tasty, and even winter, the skins are good, a jet, again, although they have them, I suppose, like we are forbidden to be shot, in The Red Book, but if it’s impossible, but it’s very necessary and desirable, it’s possible, in principle, I can’t give out weapons, from the father traps remained, just on them
      1. Cowbra 10 February 2020 15: 28 New
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        They will ... They'll save them from the Nazis once - and what happened? No, let the beavers feast on a fresh little labyatus)))
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          KCA 10 February 2020 15: 30 New
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          They will not eat any nasty thing
  • ZaharoFF 10 February 2020 13: 37 New
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    [quote] [/ quote] Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help
    There will be nothing. Nothing at all on the first day. And so, but who needs them. Baltic pugs.
  • svp67 10 February 2020 13: 39 New
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    Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help

    What will be, what will be? Double 2 will be ...
  • AU Ivanov. 10 February 2020 13: 39 New
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    What will happen? There will be Revel, Riga and Vilnius regions within the Russian Federation.
    1. KCA
      KCA 10 February 2020 15: 15 New
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      The Vilnius region can be given to Belarus, they have more rights than we or the Poles, we will please the Old Man, and there will be fewer problems
  • Sergei 777 10 February 2020 13: 40 New
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    Russia has 6 combined arms army in this direction. According to open sources, it includes two motorized rifle brigades, one artillery, one missile, and one air defense brigade. Not the strongest fist, but against dwarf countries is enough. Yes, and you can build opportunities very quickly.
    1. Lamata 10 February 2020 14: 24 New
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      Something that is now scanty 6th army. There are all such NATO countries and NATO reinforced battalions.
      1. Sergei 777 10 February 2020 14: 51 New
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        Well, ideally at least 1 more motorized rifle brigade
        1. Lamata 10 February 2020 15: 06 New
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          it would be desirable, if only as an operational reserve
    2. KCA
      KCA 10 February 2020 15: 17 New
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      In this direction, the Pskov Airborne Division is still enough, it alone will be enough with the support of missile and aviation
      1. Sergei 777 10 February 2020 15: 41 New
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        By the way, yes, I forgot about them.
      2. Lamata 10 February 2020 17: 30 New
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        Chu for sure, and I covertly, and the Airborne Division is a force.
  • Amateur 10 February 2020 13: 41 New
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    An armed conflict not only with Russia, but also with any other neighboring country, for example, Belarus, is fraught with complete defeat for the Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian armies. Of course, some fighters will go over to partisan resistance, but the Baltic armies will not be able to keep not only the borders, but also the capitals of their countries.

    Who needs these "elusive Joe" fool
    Small bug, but smelly
  • YOUR 10 February 2020 13: 46 New
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    What will be, what will be and nothing will happen. Who needs them. But if you still have to, then you need to solve the problem radically, those who remain to disperse by region, not to allow compact living.
  • Pessimist22 10 February 2020 13: 49 New
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    Let the wall build concrete on the border smile
  • Ros 56 10 February 2020 13: 50 New
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    What has already begun? Well, don’t scare, otherwise the trials will run away, they’re already running, probably 25-30 percent have already fled, there is no one to work.
    1. tihonmarine 10 February 2020 14: 23 New
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      Quote: Ros 56
      probably already 25-30 percent fled, there is no one to work.

      Ukraine replaces.
  • kit88 10 February 2020 13: 52 New
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    It is in the interests of these "countries" to have no Armed Forces at all. This is more appropriate for the budget and in case of a hypothetical conflict will help to avoid unnecessary victims.
    In my opinion, such countries need police, border guards to catch smugglers, well, some kind of internal troops.
    And “if anything”, the Airborne Forces General comes into the office, sits at the head of the table, says that basically nothing changes for you - the police continue to catch crooks, the explosives sit in the barracks waiting for our orders, and the border guards continue to guard the posts, which would be through the administrative no stranger rode the border.
    It’s better for everyone.
  • rocket757 10 February 2020 13: 54 New
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    A small population, small territory, scarce economic resources - all these factors do not allow Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia to have numerous and efficient armed forces.

    Well ... the stupidity of their politicians will soon lead to the fact that there will remain simply FREE TERRITORIES and EVERYTHING !!!
  • Timon2155 10 February 2020 13: 55 New
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    What is the article about? You could stupidly bring the number in the table and conclude: the army is too small. Instead, a whole poem.
  • KEX
    KEX 10 February 2020 14: 01 New
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    Baltic Army: what will happen if NATO does not help?


    buy flowers and go meet Russian tankers (usually rolled).
  • NF68 10 February 2020 14: 41 New
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    Who really needs 3 ethics of noisy Baltic midgets?
    1. AU Ivanov. 10 February 2020 16: 42 New
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      Liliputs are not needed. But the ports and military bases on the Baltic coast would not be in the way. it
      Peter the Great understood, having bought these territories from the Swedish king. Plus land connection with the Kaliningrad region.
      1. NF68 11 February 2020 16: 09 New
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        Quote: AU Ivanov.
        Liliputs are not needed. But the ports and military bases on the Baltic coast would not be in the way. it
        Peter the Great understood, having bought these territories from the Swedish king. Plus land connection with the Kaliningrad region.


        Because of these ports there will be so much noise and problems that it makes no sense to start all this.
  • Sergey Averchenkov 10 February 2020 14: 48 New
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    I answer purely by the title (though I read the article) - nothing will happen - they will surrender in four hours. This mongrel is the main enemy across the ocean. You can’t even imagine how these mongrels will change their tone if we are friends with the United States.
    1. Cetron 10 February 2020 15: 28 New
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      4 hours will not resist. In Latvia, the army is mainly served by Russians or Russian speakers, even officers. Service under the contract - those who do not know how or do not want anything. Young people, even if they have a specialty, have no work, but there is at least a salary. My tribe served, but as soon as at 14m a pair of Russophobic politicians from the rostrum demanded that troops be sent to help the “Ukrainian brothers repulse the Russian aggressor” the next day, the entire battalion terminated the contract. Latvia was left without an army. More are not going to fight on their own with Russia, only by NATO forces
      1. Sergey Averchenkov 10 February 2020 15: 30 New
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        Thank you, I understand you.
    2. Whalebone 10 February 2020 15: 52 New
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      Who will surrender? What, Russia will attack them?
  • iouris 10 February 2020 15: 03 New
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    NATO will quickly “help” if the Maidan begins in Moscow. And the “Baltic countries” and “Ukraine” are a springboard in Russia precisely for this case. We quickly forgot about headlines like "Russia is not able to invade even its territory."
  • panzerfaust 10 February 2020 15: 13 New
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    The author did not mention Estonia’s Kaiteseliite, and this is the people's militia, partisans in case of occupation.
    1. iouris 10 February 2020 15: 29 New
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      Quote: panzerfaust
      partisans in case of occupation.

      ... or anti-partisans in case of occupation.
  • Thompson 10 February 2020 15: 27 New
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    Quote: Shurik70
    Although there is, of course, the option that he is so desperate that they will be the first to attack

    As in a joke- Let's attack Russia! She will defeat us and feed us!
    What if we win ??? winked laughing
  • Whalebone 10 February 2020 15: 51 New
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    Another stuffing for commenting. You can’t just describe the size and composition of the Armed Forces, you must definitely add about the “militaristic ambitions” and other tendentious garbage, such as a comparison with Honduras.
    SW edition, do not publish pearls of this "author". If you don’t feed your army, you’ll have to have someone else’s. This applies to all countries, even to the Baltic states. Yes, now they have no one to fight, but you should not lose your skills. Yesterday's friends may stop being like that, and new ones may not appear.
    1. serg v zapase 11 February 2020 04: 49 New
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      The question is, why should such an army be fed? they answered him with an invitation from NATO.
    2. iouris 11 February 2020 12: 49 New
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      Limitroph states are a training ground and a foothold for NATO. The Russian Federation is not a threat, the Russian Federation itself drove them into NATO and does not pay attention to provocative military activity at its borders, especially near Leningrad and Kaliningrad.
  • tarackanovaleksei 10 February 2020 16: 02 New
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    Maybe they should buy a corridor from them ... Shirena, some fifty kilometers. To our Kaliningrad province?
    1. serg v zapase 11 February 2020 04: 45 New
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      With compensation of the territory on the Kola, or in Siberia.
    2. iouris 11 February 2020 13: 12 New
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      Quote: tarackanovaleksei
      Maybe they can buy a corridor from them ...

      Yeah. And in a neighboring article, the question of the selection of the territories donated to it from Poland is discussed. In 1985 - 1991, all issues were resolved as strictly as possible. Only the war can change the status quo. And who needs it?
  • alma 10 February 2020 17: 29 New
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    However, nobody is going to attack these small states with the overwhelming ambitions of the authorities.

    It was necessary to begin with this
  • puskarinkis 10 February 2020 20: 06 New
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    Baltic countries need NATO for aggression. As long as they “bark” at Russia, one can always find a reason for their “defense” and attack on Russia. In the event of a war with Russia, the armed forces of countries such as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and other Georgia will become consumables for stretching Russian forces. Fleas, creating their bites, inconvenience ... And NATO is not going to protect their interests! Yes, and what are the interests of the Baltic states, except for "give money"?
  • xomaNN 10 February 2020 20: 31 New
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    And to listen to three Baltic politicians and a warrior, it’s like they have 3 Bundeswehrs in power hi
    And there is a big doubt that Article 5 of the NATO charter because of these political dwarfs will be realized sometime. Old Europeans are too selfish and will not stand up for such a trifle!
  • nnz226 10 February 2020 20: 49 New
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    They themselves will die out (sprat limitrophs), and then Russia will occupy empty land ...
    1. serg v zapase 11 February 2020 04: 41 New
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      In vain you are so, we are dying out and at the same speed. Squinted people will appear.
  • Karaul14 11 February 2020 01: 58 New
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    That's why they joined NATO so that they wouldn’t spend much on defense, as all of Europe has been doing in recent years.
    But this rating is not particularly, as I read, there are many inaccuracies and illogical moments: Israel has 18th place, and Egypt has 9th, although Israel has an army and technology that is simply incomparable with Egyptian ones, and he defeated him constantly. China is high time to move to the 2nd place, and the Russian Federation to move from it, especially in such ratings, where, as we see, technology and nuclear weapons are not particularly taken into account.
  • serg v zapase 11 February 2020 04: 38 New
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    Why should NATO help? It seems there is no such letter in this word. Therefore, we need troops from the states, so that there would be an occasion on occasion.
  • sleeve 12 February 2020 08: 28 New
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    Of course! What is not going to attack them, now in the past. With the deployment of NATO forces and advanced air defense, especially the air force and air defense, you just have to do it. True, they will have to “attack” in a more or less serious fight, obviously not with them. There is no one and no reason. But it would be strange if armed people appear in your house, and your neighbor does not begin to strengthen the fence and buys a rifle more powerful. However, it seems to me through a hypothetical operation in the Baltic states that the main difficulty will be represented precisely by the humanitarian part regarding the population in the liberated territories.
  • I am 15 February 2020 23: 15 New
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    In the last century, these territories were called limitrophs; the name is very true. Belovezhskaya Pushcha
    their situation didn’t change in any way, as they were limitrophs, they remained.
  • Zoomlion 8 March 2020 22: 57 New
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    One Belarusian army rolls into the asphalt with one osprey of all these three “Baltic tigers” in a couple of days
  • Kurlander 11 March 2020 03: 52 New
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    The author simply does not know the story, poorly represents everything that is not millions of hordes. The Baltic States at all times for Russia was a tough rival. This was perfectly known to any Russian ruler who had at least once dealt with the Balts militarily. You just need to understand the Baltic region is a very specific geographic and natural attitude of the region. It is practically impossible to use heavy equipment there, all sides of both the first and second world warriors were convinced of this. The whole region is weakly bearing soils, narrow roads, weakly bearing bridges, etc. Accordingly, it is not possible to use heavy equipment, large compounds. Second, the entire military system of the Baltic states is built on territorial defense, instant mobilization. All about a hundred thousand reservists are mobilized by standards within 24 hours. The regular army was not once the main fighting force; it is just the command staff, the instructor. Their task has always been only local, as much as possible to complicate any existence to the enemy. Not promotion or mastery, just existence itself. Even the warriors for independence of 1918-1920 proved this very well, the Second World War and another 12 years after it confirmed. Exactly the same tactics showed themselves perfectly everywhere from Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria. The tactics came precisely from the Latvians as rebel commanders of the 1905-1909 warrior by the German barons and Russian Cossacks. Later, Latvians as leaders of the organizers of the USSR military intelligence of very successful rebel movements along the perimeter of the entire southern and Far Eastern border of the USSR. China Magnolia, Iran, Spain. After the second world organization of Palestinian, Yemeni, Angolan and other rebels. All this together is called the Soviet tactics of the rebel warrior. It looks like a goat nostra in Sicily. It basically does not imply any defense or major clashes, it involves inflicting maximum maximum damage to the enemy by any available methods everywhere by anyone who wants to be trained accordingly. Military sabotage training is taught to almost all Latvian schools to anyone who wants to, for about 12 years of age, grades 7-8. You will not be greeted with tanks or artillery, just a woman or teenager who turns out to be a viable position for this will poison you or kill any child. A very effective method has been tested for more than a century. Therefore, the Balts have always agreed on their terms, or for decades suffered heavy losses, while still agreed on their terms. Chechnya is also an example .. Different from another post in the Baltic states, any child always knew who her only enemy is historically Russia. That is, always the impoverished aggressive Goliath is a hundred times larger in population, this is defeated only by the total war that the Baltic states always won, Russia always lost by shame.