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UK: Continuous presence of NATO troops in Baltics is needed

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNATO is insufficiently prepared to react if Russia would attack a member state, the Defence Committee of the British Parliament has found.

Parliaments House of Commons Defence Committee announced the recent conflict in Ukraine conflict showed serious deficiencies in NATO’s readiness to counter threats – and radical reform was necessary.

The Committee urged to perform changes including:

- Establishing persistent presence of NATO troops and military equipment in «vulnerable» Baltic states, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania;

- Adding non-traditional threats such as irregular militia and cyber-attacks to NATO’s Article 5 commitment for all members to come to the aid of a member which is attacked;

- Dramatic improvements to existing rapid reaction forces;

- Large-scale drills involving military and political leaders from all NATO states.

BBC reports that NATO stated it would study the findings.

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  1. mike walsh says:

    KEEP PROVOKING RUSSIA: “NATO is not prepared to deal with a military threat from Russia, although the risk of attack is very low, according to the cross-party Defense Committee of UK lawmakers report.

    “The risk of attack by Russia on a NATO Member State, whilst still small, is significant…NATO has been too complacent about the threat from Russia, and it is not well-prepared,” Rory Stewart, chair of the cross-party Defense Committee said in a report.

    “In particular, the NATO Member States in the Baltic are vulnerable. We are not convinced that NATO or the UK Government has fully grasped the implications of this threat,” Rory Stewart said.

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  2. Linda says:

    Splendid. I toff my hat to UK parliament to have come to conclusion abt Russia. The time for studying is over – I could send them my essays on the subject. Action!!!

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  3. Andrej says:

    Thanx UK for showing spirit! what about other NATO countries?

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  4. Brian says:

    Baltic people know they are vulnerable to Russian invasion. It is wonderful that a NATO ally also acknowledges this as well.

    NATO needs to sure up the eastern borders, not to invade Russia, but to ensure Russia’s plans of invasion into the Baltic’s does not happen, ever.

    Russia has demonstrated that it is the aggressor. The Baltic countries did not invade Crimea or the Ukraine. The Baltic countries to not provide support to action groups calling for their respective languages to be the second language of Russia, or say that the Russians are treating them badly.

    Russia is the aggressor.

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