After Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Syria following a high-risk area because of the actions of Russia is the Baltic States, writes The Times, noting that the earlier, neither the U.S., NATO did not dare to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin.
First Crimea, then Eastern Ukraine, followed by the Syrian Arab Republic, Russian President Putin acted in "international power vacuum" where neither the US nor its NATO partners did not dare to oppose him, quotes bi-Bi-si editorial publication "Baltic opposition" Newspapers.
for reviews of Newspapers, the following high-risk area is, without a doubt, the Baltic States." It is unlikely in the Baltic States break out a Third world war, However, we must take into account that the risk of provocations, of gross mistakes and unintended errors of Russia in the region, which was once her property, is still high ", - stressed Times. In this situation, the countries of the West, and the 1st and foremost, the U.S. must make every effort to strengthen the defenses of its Eastern European allies. It is noted, because it is associated with additional and considerable expenses. However, the leadership of NATO "has an obligation to ensure that the expenditure on defence of all member countries amounted to finally at least 2% of their GDP," says the magazine. At the same Times recalls that in his first interview given to the representative of the foreign media as President, on the question about whether ever connect Russia to NATO, Vladimir Putin replied: "why not? I do not exclude such possibility " - like Times. 16 years later, the magazine writes, in the West of Russia near the borders of countries-members of NATO are focused on a small estimated 330 thousand Russian military in Kaliningrad region is placed missiles that could carry nuclear warheads, while Russian warplanes and ships continue to attract the attention of an unexpected maneuvers. The deployment of NATO troops in the Baltic States and Poland, the General teachings of the United States with Bulgaria and Romania, the emergence of an American tank company in Georgia - all these steps are perceived by the Kremlin as the return of the West to a strategy of encirclement." However, the leaders of NATO have no reason to be afraid of the aggressor, whose economy size - fifty percent French, " - said the Times. Yesterday Advisor to the head of the Polish foreign Ministry said that the next target will be Russia and Belarus and did not rule out "aggression" in the Baltic States. We emphasize that After the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, spending of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on defense grew at the fastest pace in the world and in the next few years, spending will only increase. In addition, on 14 October the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the cost of armed forces and security of Ukraine can not be an amount less than 5% of the national GDP, even amid a difficult situation in the economy and the issues with social welfare. In July the head of the Ministry of defence of Poland Anthony Macierewicz also stated that the expenditure on the army in the country ought to increase to 3% of GDP.