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If under attack, Baltics would wait five days for NATO's assistance, expert says

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn case of military aggression against the Baltic states, it could take several days for NATO forces to engage. Russia’s invasion in Crimea has made the issue of Baltic defence topical.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are all NATO member states that rely on Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which sets forth that an armed attack on one NATO member state is considered an armed attack against all states.

LTV programme «de facto» reported on March 16 that there has been unofficial information in Polish media how NATO has planned to react against military intervention in the Baltic states.

In Poland and the Baltics, nine divisions from the U.S., UK, Germany and Poland would react.

As the strategy is kept secret, State Secretary of Latvian Ministry of Defence Jānis Sārts in an interview with «de facto» was also not specific about the NATO defence plan: «NATO Response Forces are those who can be ready starting from five days’ time. Separate countries have forces that can do it faster. There are types of forces such as air forces that can be quick to respond, but five days is the time we can speak about».

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  1. Linda says:

    5 days is too long; need to be ready and give the perpetrator a bloody nose quickly! That’s the only language that bullies understand.

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  2. Danny says:

    I served in the UK Royal Auxiliary Air Force for 15 years and have seen and experienced many things in my life, I retired 3 years ago, I travel to Latvia every year with my wife and really love the country and its people, its like my 2nd home. Regarding this article, I can and will say, it won’t take 5 days to respond, if the Baltics countries under the EU/NATO are attacked or invaded…. highly unlikely and foolish! if so instructed the response would be within minutes. Constant monitoring of all airspace, ground and sea movements around all the NATO countries is performed relentlessly, this I can assure you. Oh how I miss my old work.

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  3. georgie says:

    If Russia invades Lativia, Nato will let Russian forces occupy the country while it masses to defend central Europe, basically Lativa and the other baltic states will be sacrificed so Nato has time to react. If Russian forces does stops at the Latvian border, nato will do nothing to roll back Russia and risk a nuclear war.
    The only valid defence against Russia are nuclear weapons of which no-one in Europe has except Russia, France and Britain.

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    • Linda says:

      sadly, you may be correct but that means that unlike 1939 the Baltics should work together, united a better success and divided repeat 1939 again.

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