Disinfo: The militarization of the Baltic region increases the likelihood of…

Summary

The militarization of the Baltic region increases the likelihood of a military conflict in the Baltic region.

Disproof

As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Wales Summit in September 2014, "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest" (bit.ly/1u0c1ky), . NATO's decision to increase its military presence in the eastern part of the alliance is a response to Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 27
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/05/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Baltic states
  • Keywords: NATO

Disclaimer

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The Aegis anti-missile system in Eastern Europe is a threat…

The Aegis anti-missile system in Eastern Europe is a threat to Russia

Disproof

As already explained by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, geography and physics make it impossible for the NATO system to shoot down Russian intercontinental missiles from NATO sites in Romania or Poland. Their capabilities are too limited, their planned numbers too few, and their locations too far south or too close to Russia to do so. Russian officials have also confirmed that the planned NATO shield will not, in fact, undermine Russia's deterrent. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's missile defence envoy, said on January 26, 2015, that "neither the current, nor even the projected" missile defence system "could stop or cast doubt on Russia's strategic missile potential" (bit.ly/1XKby93), .