Russian threat: Baltics to ask NATO for thousands of troops; British fighter jets escort Russian bombers away

Military exercises in Estonia. Source.

The Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania said Thursday, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in the Turkish city of Antalya that he was aware such a request was being made but emphasised it was too early to assess the demand.

“We are seeking a brigade-size unit so that every Baltic nation would have a battalion,” military spokesman Lithuanian Captain Mindaugas Neimontas told AFP…

NATO just completed exercises in Estonia. Meanwhile, today it is reported that “British defense officials say two British fighter jets have escorted Russian bombers away from British airspace.”

  • k1992

    What is Putin’s game here? Is he “testing, testing, 1, 2, 3”? Or is this a negotiating tactic? Or what …?

    • Alain

      Putin’s game? Conducting war exercises on Russia’s borders is pure provocation. This game will backfire on us. I am neither a fan of Putin nor present day NATO and certainly not of the Obama administration, but this is insanity when we are all under attack from the totalitarian, supremacist ideology called Islam.

      • k1962

        NATO has only fairly recently resumed fairly serious exercises, partly at the behest of members like Poland and Estonia who feel particularly threatened (with reason) by Russia’s aggressive military buildup in the (essentially annexed) eastern Ukraine. Exercises were common during the Cold War and served both to keep troops in fighting form and to warn the Soviets to stay back. We are clearly in a new Cold War and need to increase the size of our militaries and start training them (and part of that training is war games.)
        Additionally, NATO, unlike Russia, is not sending ships and planes into the territorial airspace/waters of its opponent – *that* is a clear provocation.

  • FactsWillOut

    Maybe NATO can create yet another Islamic state. We seem to like doing that. Your tax dollars at work.

    • Minicapt

      Better yet, shoot down the Bears when they show, just on general principles.


  • WhiteRabbit3

    Cold war 2.0.
    The bad news this time around is that Reagan and Thatcher aren’t here. Instead we have a community organizer as leader of the free world.

    • Frau Katze

      Scary, isn’t it?

  • Down a Russian jet and give the pilot citizenship if he talks against Putin.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Well that’s not going to happen. Sorry and have a nice Russia