Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Button, button...who's got the reset button?

They can see Russia from their front porches, and they don't like what they see, in the Baltic states, reports the Moscow Times;
Ukraine's conflict with Moscow-backed separatists has unnerved Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the only parts of the former Soviet Union that have joined NATO and the European Union.

They are small, geographically isolated from the rest of the EU, and have Russian-speaking minorities, which President Vladimir Putin declared last year gives Moscow the right to intervene with military force.
As Russia has done in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. So, wanting peace;
For more than a year the three countries have prepared for a kind of murky conflict or "hybrid war," with exercises against "saboteurs," campaigns against Russian "propaganda" and increased spending on defense and border security.
.... "We need to learn lessons which we learned in Crimea, which we partly see in the east of Ukraine. Any possible attack, in any form, needs to be taken seriously," Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told Reuters in May. "What makes sense for us is to be prepared for anything."
Many Baltic residents say concerns over Russia have filtered down to daily life, to the extent the possibility of Russian occupation comes up when many people discuss buying homes.
You're not paranoid if you have had real enemies in the past.

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