Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its ongoing war against Ukraine have altered the discourse on the Baltic states’ security. For too long, Nato relied on giving an impression of security rather than conducting a meaningful threat assessment for its Baltic Sea flank. Blind trust in the deterrent power of Article 5 of the Washington treaty, combined with the view that Russia was not a threat anymore, contributed to that perception; now that view has been shattered.

WHILE THE inhabitants of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia never fully subscribed to the concept of Russia’s harmlessness, at first they had no doubts about the worth of the security umbrella provided ...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
New weapons systems with greater combat capabilities have considerably strengthened the potential of Russian armed forces in the region
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