NATO ballast: the alliance thinks how to protect the Baltic states from the “Russian invasion”


The North Atlantic Alliance continues to prepare for the allegedly possible Russian military invasion of the Baltic states. To counter Russia, plans, strategies are being developed, and even a special military command has been created.


To a large extent, the hysteria surrounding the military threat to the Baltic states from Russia is inflated by the Baltic republics themselves. Small states need to somehow justify their need for continuous financial injections from the United States and Western European countries. The role of the “West outpost” on the border with Russia in this case is very beneficial both financially and politically: for this reason the West is turning a blind eye to numerous violations of the rights of the Russian population in the Baltic countries.

Most of all, NATO is afraid of a Russian tank invasion of the Baltic states. If Russia abandons its Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania Tanksthen the Alliance will have very ghostly opportunities to confront them. The thing is in a completely disproportionate ratio of the number of tanks and armored vehicles: if Russia on its western borders holds, according to open sources, about 760 tanks and 1280 infantry fighting vehicles, then NATO has only 129 tanks and 280 infantry fighting vehicles.

After two American armored brigades were withdrawn from Europe under US President Barack Obama, the number of troops the Alliance possesses has further declined. Donald Trump also headed for a reduction in the American military presence in other countries of the world, forcing European states to pay for American military bases in their own territories.

Now the basis of the armored power of American troops in Europe is the 2nd Cavalry Regiment at Stryker and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. In addition, 1 armored brigade is deployed in rotation order, armed with about 90 M-1 tanks and 130 M-2 combat vehicles, as well as about 18 M-109 self-propelled howitzers. But is this enough strength to confront Russia in the Baltic states? Clearly, no.

Therefore, in September 2019, a new NATO command was created in Ulm (Germany), responsible for the operational movement and support of the alliance forces. So far, 160 military will serve in the command, then its number will be increased to 600 people.

The creation of the command is consistent with the Four Thirty plan adopted by the leaders of NATO countries in 2018. In accordance with this plan, it is planned to create 30 mechanized battalions, as well as 30 air squadrons and 30 warships, which will be capable of operational deployment within 30 days.

The number of armed forces of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia is so small that it is not possible to consider them as serious opponents, capable of not only confronting, but even detaining the Russian army for any considerable period. Therefore, in the Baltic countries, the combined battalions of NATO troops are deployed on a rotational basis. At the same time, the Baltic States themselves are regarded as ballast among the NATO military.

As for the protection of the coast, it is still more sad. Even a review of the Naval College, cited by the popular American publication The National Interest, underscores the naval weakness of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and even Poland. These countries are called directly “NATO ballast” and note the lack of naval traditions, weakness fleet and coastal vulnerability in the event of an armed conflict with Russia.

The minesweepers and patrol boats possessed by the Baltic states cannot be regarded as a serious adversary to Russian surface and submarine ships. Therefore, in the event of a conflict in the Baltic Sea, the only hope for the Baltic countries and even Poland will be for timely assistance from the United States and Great Britain, as well as Norway.

That is why Washington and Brussels are making so much effort to lure Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance - countries that are rich and have fairly good armed forces. If these Scandinavian states joined NATO, this would seriously change the balance of power in northeastern Europe.
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  1. Andrei Nikolaevich 25 March 2020 09: 36 New
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    I’m not sure that in the Baltics there is hysteria about this ... I know one Russian lady who has been living in Riga since 1990. She herself hates Russia. True, now it’s a little bit, I’m blown away and the optimism is not the same ... But for myself, I made conclusions ...
    1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 10: 36 New
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      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      I know one Russian lady who has been living in Riga since 1990. She herself hates Russia.

      Well, this is generally unique, although "the family is not without a freak." But there are few of them, and even those who eat with their hands. In the Baltic diaspora, she always lived separately from the natives, and was always distinguished by great Russophilia.
      1. Goblin_1974 25 March 2020 14: 22 New
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        I do not agree with you. In the Baltic, there are enough Russian speakers who negatively relate to their eastern neighbor.
        1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 14: 30 New
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          Quote: Goblin_1974
          I do not agree with you. In the Baltic, there are enough Russian speakers who negatively relate to their eastern neighbor.

          And who did you hang such bullshit on your ears ???
          1. Goblin_1974 25 March 2020 14: 40 New
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            For some time he lived in those parts.
            1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 15: 00 New
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              Quote: Goblin_1974
              For some time he lived in those parts.

              Well, tell me exactly where, I know the Baltic States well.
              1. Goblin_1974 25 March 2020 15: 28 New
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                In Riga. In Jelgava. In Jurmala. It's enough?
                1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 15: 49 New
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                  Quote: Goblin_1974
                  In Riga. In Jelgava. In Jurmala. It's enough?

                  My youth passed in Riga and in Ust Dvinsk.
          2. adena 25 March 2020 14: 45 New
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            It is very sad, but this is not bullshit, here (in Riga) there are a lot of mankurts pouring mud on Russians / Russia / USSR.
            1. dSK
              dSK 26 March 2020 11: 39 New
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              These countries are called directly “NATO ballast”

              - a blatant lie
              it NATO forward bridgehead, to Peter half an hour of flight time.
  2. Olya Tsako 25 March 2020 09: 40 New
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    The naughty NATO fought against terrorists (ISIS destroyed Russia), fights with the coronovirus (Russia saves the NATO-Italy country) and serves as a natural defensive wall of Europe from China, now mythologizes the danger of an attack by the Russian Federation on the dying Baltic.
    There will soon be no one to defend.
    1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 10: 43 New
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      Quote: Olya Tsako
      now mythologizes the danger of an attack by the Russian Federation on the dying Baltic.
      There will soon be no one to defend.

      Olya, you always need to look and see two components - why and to whom it is beneficial. The answer to the first is that for the "bullshit" so far they have been paying money and not bad, to the second - who has the largest mass media and has the highest incomes. There is no third. But here is the power of "bullshit", this is the same advertisement that is being fed on TV and on the network, and the most unpleasant thing is the entire mailbox is jammed (and the garbage can is far).
  3. Dmitry Potapov 25 March 2020 09: 45 New
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    Tanks on them a lot of honor! Enough MLRS.
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    2. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 10: 49 New
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      Quote: Dmitry Potapov
      Tanks on them a lot of honor! Enough MLRS.

      MLRS is not necessary, and thousands of Chinese will be enough.
  4. Amateur 25 March 2020 10: 02 New
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    If these Scandinavian states joined NATO, this would seriously change the balance of power in northeastern Europe.

    Will the brave Finns with the Swedes stand up for Estonia?
    Can Russia be afraid or wait a little longer? fool
    1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 14: 39 New
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      Quote: Amateur
      Will the brave Finns with the Swedes stand up for Estonia?

      The Finns did not forget about the kindness of I.V. Stalin in 1944, but he could have made Otto Kuusinen the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of Suomi, well, the Swedes have already forgotten how to distinguish the barrel from the butt. And who, where and at what times, defended someone, or freed, except for Russia and the USSR.
  5. knn54 25 March 2020 10: 06 New
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    Under the USSR, these were subsidized states. Under capitalism, the same thing. We must cry in a vest. - Not only cards like a tear.
    Just need someone who feeds. And for this "must serve." Talk what the "breadwinners" order.
    1. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 10: 51 New
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      Quote: knn54
      Under the USSR, these were subsidized states. Under capitalism, the same thing. We must cry in a vest. - Not only cards like a tear.

      Affectionate calf, two queens sucks.
    2. Nikolai Grek 26 March 2020 01: 30 New
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      Quote: knn54
      Under the USSR, these were subsidized states

      during the USSR they were not states !!! request and even after the collapse of the USSR it is difficult to call them states ... under-states - that’s it !! good laughing
  6. Igor Borisov_2 25 March 2020 10: 16 New
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    Quote: knn54
    Under the USSR, these were subsidized states. Under capitalism, the same thing. We must cry in a vest. - Not only cards like a tear.
    Just need someone who feeds. And for this "must serve." Talk what the "breadwinners" order.


    I agree completely. It is unclear why you are being minus ....
    1. Procyon lotor 25 March 2020 11: 32 New
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      I understand that for many, critical and independent thinking is not the strongest side, but for a change I recommend watching the video by reference.

      https://youtu.be/jU7sf3p3U_Q
      1. Amateur 25 March 2020 14: 55 New
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        watch the video on the link.
        https://youtu.be/jU7sf3p3U_Q

        This Latvian "scientist" repeats "secret, secret, secret" like a mantra, but shows folders only from afar with some kind of blue stamps. This is not a top secret. It looks completely different. Perhaps this "tovarisch" simply never saw him. Well, the little blue stamps are numbers of archival files. By the way, the documents inside the folders of the signature stamp also do not have.
        Tales about how the USSR triebaltics fed - this is in the HSE. bad guy E.T. Gaidar
    2. Nikolai Grek 26 March 2020 01: 31 New
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      Quote: Igor Borisov_2
      Quote: knn54
      Under the USSR, these were subsidized states. Under capitalism, the same thing. We must cry in a vest. - Not only cards like a tear.
      Just need someone who feeds. And for this "must serve." Talk what the "breadwinners" order.


      I agree completely. It is unclear why you are being minus ....

      it is possible that for not quite correct terminology !!! request
  7. tihonmarine 25 March 2020 10: 28 New
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    Most of all, NATO is afraid of a Russian tank invasion of the Baltic states. If Russia throws its tanks at Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, then the Alliance will have very illusory opportunities to confront them.
    And what an idiot such an idea came to, I can only say such things about them, although the people behind the academy, and on their shoulders have huge stars, but with the “cuckoo” is not the same. With the Baltic states, it’s generally simple, and which tanks, only as the Ukrainians say, "fawn." Everything is easier in our era of IT technology. I give a hint -
    1. Cut the Internet
    2. Cut down mobile cellular communication (Wired communication, liquidated).
    3. Cut down GPS (positioning system).

    A week later, the "Sahara Desert" comes, complete collapse, panic, disorganization and "Hands up the hill!". The recipe can work throughout Europe and you know where. (BV, Asia, Africa are not included in these countries).
  8. rocket757 25 March 2020 10: 42 New
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    NATO ballast: the alliance thinks how to protect the Baltic states from the “Russian invasion”

    cool! it turns out they are also THINKING ???
    1. cniza 25 March 2020 12: 25 New
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      Under think there is only one budget, job titles and other delights, but not to fight.
      1. rocket757 25 March 2020 12: 29 New
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        They can weak, they can ... but this is not a war, as it is, a beating called dermocracy.
        1. cniza 25 March 2020 12: 37 New
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          And they have already tidied up all the weak, what should I do next? Then Russia perked up, so they immediately got a second wind ...
          1. rocket757 25 March 2020 13: 16 New
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            They began to snarl "menacingly" like that ... only those who always understood that it was better to feed YOUR ARMY, sneezed and put on this sniffling! Those who are weaker, not self-confident, are looking for normal, loyal allies.
            So things are, big politics is done.
  9. Honest Citizen 25 March 2020 10: 46 New
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    But why, forgive the vegetable, the Baltic States surrendered to Russia, are they unable to think in NATO there? Fully subsidized territories and even with Russophobian population. Well, yes, they would like to "push" into the Russian Federation and the Baltic states and Ukraine, and even with their debts ...
    but, as one gentleman writes here, "yourself, everything yourself, with your own hands." (c) Let them disentangle.
  10. boris epstein 25 March 2020 10: 47 New
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    About NATO in the Baltic states. In Ukraine, there is such a saying: "And it’s a lot of hysteria and it’s a pity to ride."
  11. Gene84 25 March 2020 10: 47 New
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    to lure Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance - countries that are rich and have pretty good armed forces

    these Scandinavians are already de facto part of NATO.
    NATO and Finland actively cooperate in peacekeeping operations and develop practical cooperation in many areas. In 1994, Finland joined NATO's Partnership for Peace program. in 1997 became a member of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.
    In 2017, Finland created the Helsinki European Center of Excellence for countering hybrid threats. The center is supported by NATO and the European Union.
    in September 2014, Finland and Sweden, at the NATO summit, signed a memorandum of understanding and support for the host country, which addresses issues related to the provision of civil and military assistance to NATO forces located on their territory or transported through them through peacetime, in a crisis or war. The agreement was ratified by the Finnish Parliament in 2015.
    with Sweden about the same picture as with Finland.
  12. Air force 25 March 2020 11: 27 New
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    Sick on the head, while making plans to hatch the Russian invasion, Russia, the 15th MO plane to Italy sends and makes a 600-kilometer march to Bergamo in order to save the Italians, which means you are stupid “members” and you are still members of NATO, and not just members. No matter how you have to stand in line and hopefully not peer into the horizon in anticipation of the same "invasion" of Russia as in Italy.
  13. cniza 25 March 2020 12: 22 New
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    therefore, Washington and Brussels are making so much effort to lure Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Alliance - countries that are rich and have fairly good armed forces.


    And they will not back down, they will push ...
  14. Aliken 25 March 2020 14: 17 New
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    It seems that the Balts are just dreaming that someone would "walk away", and it would be better if they were Russians. The clinic is there.
  15. Aleksandr1971 25 March 2020 15: 07 New
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    It seems to me that the strengthening of the NATO grouping around the borders of Russia, as well as the constant propaganda of protecting the Baltic states from the supposedly inevitable attack on Russia by Russia, is a prelude to a preventive war against Russia.

    The West is preparing its public for the idea that Russia will certainly attack Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and will break through the Suvalki corridor. And so that Russia does not do this, it is necessary to attack Russia first in order to prevent aggression.

    In the same way, to prevent the Russian invasion of Europe, the forces of Europe were united by France in the summer of 1912. To prevent the Soviet Union’s alleged attack on Europe, allegedly inevitable by many, Germany led the forces of Europe against the USSR in 1941.

    It is necessary to predict exactly when the forces of Europe, led by the United States, will again invade Russia in order to prevent a Russian attack on the Baltic states.
    It seems to me that such a moment will come not when Russia attacks the Baltic states, but when: 1) the Russian economy will be even more weakened compared to the current moment; 2) when Ukraine and Belarus will turn into a reliable bridgehead of NATO.
  16. A.TOR 25 March 2020 21: 28 New
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    Strange somehow "cleaned" the branch. One-way conversation, one-way
    1. Pete mitchell 25 March 2020 23: 23 New
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      Mentally 'cleaned up', we didn’t even swear .... I wonder why
      1. Nikolai Grek 26 March 2020 01: 38 New
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        Quote: Pete Mitchell
        Mentally 'cleaned up', we didn’t even swear .... I wonder why

        You see, a complaint about a comment or a few ... and a branch from messages could fall under the distribution !! request drinks
        1. A.TOR 26 March 2020 15: 04 New
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          It is the purity of our souls that they protect. God give them!
  17. ABM
    ABM 28 March 2020 08: 29 New
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    NATO is not such fools as it seems to us all here. The usual miscalculation of the situation, including the parties' operational plans. They study and analyze methods of warfare, charters, manuals, recommendations, etc.

    DON'T GIVE GOD WAR - the Poles will rush to storm Kaliningrad in two weeks, the Germans will join in - not to give the former German territory to the Poles later. The ratio is 1:10. And what remains for us? Two options: bury them all with tactical nuclear weapons or break through a corridor through the Baltic states. I like both options, even, perhaps, combining them into one will work best.

    How to break through to Kaliningrad? along the Suvalka corridor, of course. Why behind NATO territory? absolutely not needed. That's all - no lyrics, desire to seize neighboring countries, etc., just MILITARY REQUIREMENTS. With all the ensuing consequences.

    What is NATO to do? Of course, this is their headache. But it doesn’t make sense to deploy even divisions in the Baltic states; however many you place, they will be destroyed by the first blow, before they can deploy. Instead of intercontinental missiles, OTRK and MLRS will be used, which is much more profitable from all points of view.