Estonia's Permanent Representative to NATO: The West does not have the opportunity to “lock” Russia in the Baltic

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Estonia's Permanent Representative to NATO: The West does not have the opportunity to “lock” Russia in the Baltic

NATO does not have the ability to lock Russia in the Baltic, despite the desire and statements of some politicians. This was stated by Estonia's permanent representative to the alliance Jüri Luik.

No matter how much the West wants to limit Russia’s actions in the Baltic Sea, nothing will come of it, since Russia has serious assets around the Baltic, as well as the right to use international waters. In addition, we should not forget about the military component; Russia can use many options, for example, destroying the underwater infrastructure of the European Union.



According to Luik, now the balance of power has shifted towards NATO, since Finland and Sweden have joined the alliance, but this will not last long. The whole point is that Russia is modernizing its army and after the end of the conflict it will again have an advantage in the region. And this is dangerous for the Baltic countries.

Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense made a proposal to reconsider the width of Russia’s contiguous zone off the mainland coast and islands in the Baltic Sea. According to the prepared documents, Russia intends to declare part of the water area in the east of the Gulf of Finland, as well as near the cities of Baltiysk and Zelenogradsk in the Kaliningrad region, as its internal sea waters. The military department believes that the geographical coordinates established back in 1985 do not fully correspond to the current geographical situation, so it is proposed to shift them.

And the proposal to “lock” Russia in the Baltic, as you might guess, was made by the Baltic limitrophes, who prefer to make a lot of statements and then hide behind the backs of their stronger allies.
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  1. +7
    23 May 2024 15: 27
    “Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO: The West does not have the opportunity to “lock” Russia in the Baltic” —

    - Even the Estonians got it...
    1. +5
      23 May 2024 15: 33
      God!!! Well, how did we get these bastards... Well, apparently they miss the Soviet Union times of the USSR so much that the urine hits the head... Everyone yapping and yapping, yapping and yapping, attracting our attention... Like, take us back - you miss us ... laughing
  2. 0
    23 May 2024 15: 29
    No matter how much the West wants to limit Russia’s actions in the Baltic Sea, nothing will come of it, since Russia has serious assets around the Baltic

    And not only assets, but something more serious.
    If the Baltic limitrophes seriously want to go to zero, let them try to limit something there.
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  4. +1
    23 May 2024 15: 30
    Quote: oleg-nekrasov-19
    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense made a proposal to reconsider the width of Russia’s contiguous zone off the mainland coast and islands in the Baltic Sea

    The proposal also applies to the North and Black Seas.
  5. 0
    23 May 2024 15: 34
    Earlier, the Russian Ministry of Defense made a proposal to reconsider the width of Russia’s contiguous zone off the mainland coast and islands in the Baltic Sea

    This draft has been withdrawn for revision. smile
  6. +1
    23 May 2024 15: 35
    Is the Permanent Representative of Estonia to NATO something like a “senior assistant to a junior janitor”?
  7. +3
    23 May 2024 15: 42
    He stole it from a certain Alexey Bobrovsky.

    But this is already a conversation!

    The Ministry of Defense proposed to update the strip of territorial waters off the mainland coast and the Russian islands in the Baltic Sea.

    Moreover, these are not some wishful thinking - the corresponding document was even published on the website of draft regulatory legal acts.

    The current list of coordinates was approved on January 15, 1985 - it was then that we spat on our territory and generally prepared for the surrender of the country. Now the Ministry of Defense believes that this does not correspond to the “modern geographical situation.” Good wording.

    “Straight baselines in the Gulf of Finland have no continuation and do not close on the territory of the Russian Federation, which, in turn, does not allow determining the external border of internal sea waters,” this is how the position of the Ministry of Defense is officially formulated. It’s even simpler if: then the country was united, the sea was almost inland and safe, such issues were secondary and irrelevant.

    The Ministry of Defense proposed to establish a system of straight baselines in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and near Baltiysk and Zelenogradsk. This will change the alignment of the state border in the Baltic Sea and will allow it to be used as internal sea waters. But so far the Ministry of Defense has not outlined new borders. I think this is a debatable issue.

    All this has far-reaching consequences even in such delicate terms. And this is exactly the reaction. Let me remind you that six months ago the leadership of the limitrophes opened their mouths on the topic of closing the Baltic to Russian ships...

    Someone calling himself the President of Latvia, Rinkevičs, said that passage through the Baltic could be closed to ships if Russia’s involvement in the damage to the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Finland and Estonia is confirmed. Even then he wrote that they would try to lock us in the Baltic. If someone says that this is unrealistic, then ask about the difficulties that the Kaliningrad region is already experiencing. She's already in a semi-blockade. Think about Nord Streams, remember the decision of insurance companies based on the results of the whole story... Anything is possible!

    The Baltic Sea will soon become a new testing ground for active actions for both sides.

    ⁃ Just yesterday, neutral Sweden and Finland were already integrated into NATO. They are needed to create additional tension in northwest Russia and the Arctic
    ⁃ The Baltic is still one of Russia’s main gateways to Western markets
    ⁃ The North-South transport corridor (another exit of Asian countries to the EU) must be blocked
    ⁃ Finally, the best provocateurs against Russia are located in this region (Poland and the limitrophes).

    Russia has no choice but to work proactively. If we cannot ensure the economic and military security of Kaliningrad and the Gulf of Finland, then very soon the number of provocations (including drone launches) will increase exponentially.

    The bottom line is. In the very near future we will:

    ⁃ Resolve the issue with the maritime border in the Baltic
    ⁃ Guarantee safe navigation for our ships
    ⁃ Otherwise, resolve the issue of provision for ships by force (taking into account the Black Sea experience)
    ⁃ To proactively find an answer to attempts to close Russia’s exit from the Baltic to the Atlantic
    ⁃ Prepare for NATO sabotage actions in the region.

    I recommend that everyone raise the history of the confrontation between the USSR and Western countries in the Baltics and the Baltic in the second half of the 1930s. Especially pay attention to why and how it all ended.

    Working ahead and being number one is the right thing to do.
  8. +2
    23 May 2024 15: 56
    My personal opinion. Ultimately, one way or another the fate of the lymphocytes will have to be decided.
    Yes, the Tribalts have nothing interesting, but the ports and airfields were an outpost against the West.
  9. -1
    23 May 2024 16: 10
    Estonia's Permanent Representative to NATO: The West does not have the opportunity to “lock” Russia in the Baltic
    . God did not give the eager goat horns...
    And so, chatting is one thing, actually running into trouble and clearing it out in the end is completely different.
  10. +6
    23 May 2024 16: 27
    There is an opinion that the presence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania does not correspond to the modern geographical situation...
  11. 0
    23 May 2024 19: 33
    I have a thought. Russian border guards open the border with Estonia and 2 million residents receive complete carte blanche to seize anything and everything. The military is not needed there.