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Baltic Nations Stress Need For NATO Allied Presence In Region To Deter Russia

Baltic Nations Stress Need For NATO Allied Presence In Region To Deter Russia
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Baltic members of the NATO alliance are making sure their allies are aware of the need for a continued foreign troop presence in the region to deter Russia, according to Baltic ministers.

In the run-up to the NATO summit, the prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday issued a joint statement stating that the NATO summit would be “a crucial moment for the allies to reiterate NATO’s unity and strengthen the transatlantic bond”, reported The Baltic Times.

The statement also highlighted the importance of continued military presence of the allies in the Baltic States and the need to further strengthen Baltic defense cooperation.

The joint statement issued in the run-up to the NATO summit due in Brussels on June 14 was signed by Lithuania’s Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and her Latvian and Estonian counterparts Krisjanis Karins and Kaja Kallas.

“We expect the summit to give a clear and strong assessment on the threat posed by Russia and further adapt NATO’s response. Russia seeks to destabilize NATO and undermine the security of NATO allies and partners,” the document said.

The joint statement also emphasized that “Russia’s military posture, its conventional and nuclear capabilities threaten the Euro-Atlantic security”.

“Russia also systematically engages in carrying out illegal operations on Alliance territory, in malign and dangerous cyber activities, disseminating disinformation, interfering in elections, and exploiting divisions within democratic societies,” the Baltic prime ministers said.

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