[..] If the Russian side has indeed deployed Iskander-M missile complexes on the territory of its westernmost region, this could lead toward multiple repercussions, one of them being further regional destabilization. In effect, Russian talks on potential deployment of Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad, initiated at the end of 2007, have turned the Baltic Sea zone into an area of confrontation with Kaliningrad regaining its pre-1991 status. Undoubtedly, Moscow will not step away from this path, which will increase regional tensions (Russiancouncil.ru, February 6). At this juncture, it is interesting to note the reaction of NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, who warned against a symmetric response by the Alliance. Sentiments of this kind do nothing but convince Moscow that the tactic of pressure is the only rightful remedy in dealing with the West. [..]
vara bungas: Vienkārši diskusijas uzsākšana par Karaļauču statusu Potsdamas konferences rezultātu gaismā radītu tādu jezgu RU, ka viņi aizmirstu par citām problēmām. Kaļņingaradas apgabala iedzīvotāju viedokļi noteikti dalītos, maz prieka dzīvot uz pulvermucas. Karaļauči ir megamilitarizēti, tādēļ LV (un vispār 3B) realistiskais, vēlamais end state būtu Karaļauči kā pilnībā demilitarizēts reģions, vienalga kam piederošs. Būtu jāsāk par to biežāk un skaļāk runāt.
[..] Here is how the Danish government describes the country’s way ahead:
“Denmark faces more serious threats than in any other period following the fall of the Berlin Wall. The freedom and security we value so highly cannot be taken for granted. “To the east, NATO faces a confrontational and assertive Russia. Instability in the Middle East and North Africa is fuelling militant Islamism, sowing the seeds for the threat of terror and irregular migration flows. Propaganda campaigns challenge our democratic principles and established rules, while in the Arctic, there is increased activity and military presence.” [..]
vara bungas: Rakstā nepalaidiet garām dāņu admirāļa Vanga (Nils Wang) viedokli:
Ted Campbell's Point of View
Nearly a year ago I commented on a new Russian Arctic military base and asked “Where are we?” I was referring, mainly to the aborted Nansivik military base which has been downgraded from the full scale military base that Prime Minister Stephen Harper initially envisioned to a mere fuelling facility. I think we can and should do more and better.
There is a recent article in the McGill International Review which is headlined “The Northwest Passage and Canada’s Claim to the North” in which the authors/editors begin by equating the Northwest Passage to the Canadian Pacific Railway, saying “The Canadian Pacific Railroad was an enormous investment. It cost a good portion of the young country’s budget, was plagued by the infamous Pacific Scandal that cost John A. Macdonald his first government, and, by some counts, it took as many as two lives per mile…
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[..] NATO leadership is considering the creation of two new commands. The first command would focus on logistics and how to quickly move troops and materiel around Europe in case of a conflict. The second would be charged with protecting the sea lanes in the Arctic and the Atlantic, a major concern given Russia’s emphasis on rebuilding its submarine fleet. [..]
[..] The oceanic-focused command will likely find support in two key NATO allies. Officials from Norway and the U.K. have been particularly alarmed by Russia’s activities in the upper Atlantic, with Norwegian officials privately pushing for the creation of a NATO command to handle the issue.[..]
vara bungas: Kreņķu ap Arktiku un krievu A2/AD sistēmas efekta mazināšanas pasākumi. Kā arī tika paredzēts. Manāmi, ka norvēģi ir pamatīgi norūpējušies.
vara bungas: VB pamatoti pārmet apsēstību ar jūras šaurumiem un stratēģiskām salām, kā arī biežu bungošanu par Arktikas militarizāciju. Tā tas ir un tā tas paliks, jo notikumi par un ap reģionālās nozīmes atslēgas punktiem nedaudz izgaismo kaimiņvalstu valdību patiesos un tādēļ slepenos nodomus. Novērotājam atliek tikai pareizi identificēt “key terrain” un gaidīt.
zviedri, somi, amerikāņi:
[..] Why do we spend billions on defence, if we are not immediately threatened? For some countries—Israel, Latvia come to mind—the answer is self-evident. Countries that face a clear and immediate existential challenge know they need to spend on military and foreign policy. And they know why. [..]
Chrystina Freeland, CA ārlietu ministre
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