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Germany promises Baltic Countries can rely on NATO and EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBaltic Countries can trust NATO and the European Union, said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier this Tuesday, March 11th.

During his stay in Tallinn, Steinmeier said he travelled to the Baltic States in order to announce that they will not be left to fend for themselves. He emphasized that the growing tension with Russia is a common problem for NATO and EU.

‘If the weekend passes without a visible change in Russia’s conduct then on Monday in the European (foreign affairs) council we will have to discuss a next stage of measures,’ – he said.

Visiting Riga also falls within his plans for the week.

Even though the German official did not go into details about possible sanctions, his French colleague Laurent Fabiuss revealed that the planned measures would ‘include the freezing of personal funds owned by Russian and Ukrainian citizens and additional sanctions on travel freedom’.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea, NATO has increased security measures in the region. Last week, USA sent six additional F-15 fighter jets to patrol the Baltic airspace.

This Monday it became known that NATO has authorized Airborne Warning and Control System to perform reconnaissance flights over Romania and Poland in order to follow the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian forces have been in control of the Crimean Peninsula since February 28th. Armed soldiers dressed in Russian uniforms have blocked all of Crimea’s strategic objects.

The Crimean parliament plans to hold a referendum on March 16th regarding the possible joining of the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian government and international institutions say they will not recognize the legitimacy of results of a referendum held under conditions of an armed military occupation.

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  1. JPR says:

    The Baltics are part of Europe. Crimea is Russian. Let us not confuse the issues.

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  2. Linda says:

    to JPR: Crimea was also part of European country = home of the Crimean Tartars, stolen by Russia. You think the nicety of “part of Europe” will stop Russia. I refer you to 1939 and seeking of military bases here there and everywhere. And the recent military manoeuvres in the Baltic serve to remind us the potential threat of Russia. While Russia exists in its current format there will always be a raison d’etre for NATO.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    NATO was originally formed to halt the alleged ‘spread of communism in Europe’ following the end of WWII. It was created as a military bloc to counter the Soviet army. Now that the Soviet Union is no more, NATO has no reason to exist (other than being a puppet force of USA against Russia…for one reason or another)

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    • Linda says:

      there is not much difference between the mentality of the current government and the soviet era of Russia. Whilst Russian threat is perceived and R actions continue to flaunt international law, democratically or western orientated states will continue to seek NATO or other western military protection. It is well known that Putin has been very sad at the demise of the soviet empire/union altho he should remember that if the soviet union had continued he would still be a mere kgb agent in east Germany and not the president of Russia.

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  4. georgie says:

    The Baltic states are naive if they rely on Nato, Germany or the US to defend them against Russia. None of them want to risk nuclear war with Russia if it wants to take back its former satellites. Membership of Nato is just another piece of paper and like the Budapest agreement, quickly forgotten when the threat of war appears. Any country that wants to prevent Russian invasiion needs its own nuclear weapons, just ask the Americans or Russians if in any doubt.

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