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Analyst: Russia could start a war with Latvia and Estonia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURussia could start a war with Latvia and Estonia, said Russian analyst Andrey Piontkovsky in his interview to Estonian ETV television channel.

Taking part in a discussion organized by Tallinn International Defence Studies Centre ‘Hybrid war and information operations’, Piontkovsky said Russia behaves in Estonia and Latvia the same way it did before the wars in Georgia and Ukraine. In the event of an armed conflict Russia will not allow the involvement of NATO by threatening the bloc with nuclear strikes, as reported by Estonian ERR.

«Russian aircraft cross the borders of both countries nearly every day. Russian propaganda and official statements from the Russian Foreign Ministry constantly mention the supposed oppression of Russian-speakers. These are all elements of a hybrid war,» – said Piontkovsky.

He believes «Putin’s plan is to intimidate the West by threatening with NATO with nuclear strikes on European capitals if it comes to defend those countries». He adds that Russia will thereby force NATO to withdraw. This will allow Russia to exact its political goals in Baltic States or some other countries. «He doesn’t play chess, he plays poker. He raises stakes all the time,» – explains the analyst.

Piontkovsky notes that a war against the West is unlikely. However, there could be an attempt to restore the Soviet Union’s previous territories. Finland and Poland, he says, should not feel any safer as well, because Piontkovsky believes Putin wants to restore not just the borders of the former Soviet Union, but those of the Russian Empire as well.

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  1. Tom says:

    what a joke, if Russia undertakes a nuclear strike on any European city, don’t you think the west will retaliate with a nuclear strike on Moscow?

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    • Jay says:

      NATO will not fight WW III over three Baltic states that contribute nothing to security, it is simple as that. No american is going to risk WW III for these countries, it is simple as that. The 3 Baltic nations throuhg NATO membership have been emboldened to agitate and antagonize Russia, but in the end, NATO will not fight for these foolish little countries.

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  2. Linda says:

    Sooner the West freezes Putin’s personal assets abroad & other external Russian assets, stops in and out travel and forces capitulation the better. Putin has small emperor syndrome and look where it got all the others.

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    • Jay says:

      He has no Foreign assets abroad.

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      • Linda says:

        He has taken over Yukos ex boss’s dosh. And I expect the Switzerland and other tax havens have substantial sums. I find it really peculiar that Putin went from simple KGB officer in East Germany to the richest man in the world. Perhaps Russia could provide a freedom for information enquiry.

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