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NATO's Baltic Deployment Force Makes No Sense


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Humiliated in Ukraine where it can do nothing, as NATO prepares its summit, talk is of defending the Baltics – three tiny republics Russia does not threaten whose defence is impossible by conventional military means. 

A glance at the map shows why.  The Baltics are too small to defend themselves, are right on Russia’s doorstep and too far from the Atlantic coast.  There’s some talk of setting up a rapid deployment force to defend them but the number of troops being talked about (10,000) is too small to make a difference. 

The only way NATO can defend the Baltics is with nuclear weapons.  Do people in North America and Europe really want to risk nuclear war to defend the Baltics?  What would be left of the Baltics once it was over?

NATO’s threat to defend the Baltics is both a provocation and a bluff.  It annoys Russia without offering the Baltics protection. 

It is also completely unnecessary.  Russia has no plan or desire to attack the Baltics.

All it does is make more trouble between Russia and its neighbours whilst leaving both feeling more threatened and less secure than they were before.   


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