Latvia in focus: National security options for the Baltic States

Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine raised well founded fears among the Eastern-European members of the NATO alliance, especially the Baltic States. The Baltic States are the most exposed to Russia’s threat and largely count on the NATO for their security. The Baltic States know that their military capabilities will not stand against Russia’s aggression as the NATO response might arrive too late. Baltic defense forces combined, comprise around 22 000 troops, 448 heavy artillery pieces, no tanks or warplanes. At the same time total Russian conventional capability consist of 845 000 troops, 5436 heavy artillery pieces, 2550 tanks and 1389 warplanes.

September 15, 2015 - Olevs Nikers