Video from RT showing drills in Latvia.
The following is our translation of an article from rueconomics.ru. This is another example of how the US/NATO are strong-arming vulnerable European – particularly Baltic – states to expose their populations to the grave danger of hosting NATO bases on their soil – making them sitting duck targets for Russian retaliatory missile attacks with hypersonic missiles that cannot be intercepted by any known means. This report shows that military leaders are well aware of the threat to which the US exposes them. If and when enough influential leaders – like the Latvian expert interviewed here –become aware of Washington’s callous and cynical use of vulnerable states as missile shields, there will no doubt be a major push-back in these states.
The main obstacle, as pointed out by Mr. Rublovsky, is that so far, politics, not military considerations, drives military decisions in the Baltics. And that is exactly what drives presidents and lawmakers to approve extravagant spending on “defence.”
Since NATO leaders are fully aware that Russia cannot be defeated militarily, the report is also additional evidence that all aggressive moves by the alliance are pure theatre. Very costly theatre for Western taxpayers.
Baltic States: Russia can destroy NATO bases in a minute
January 18, 2019
The former head of the strategic planning department of the General Staff of the Latvian Armed Forces, Raymond Rublovsky, stated that in the event of a conflict with the Russian Federation, NATO’s hypothetical [future] bases in the country would be destroyed in the first few minutes.
In an interview with the Kaliningrad portal Rubaltic, Rublovsky said that there is currently one NATO battalion group in Latvia.
At the same time, in his opinion, it does not represent any danger to Russia, taking into account the agreement of forces in the region.
“This is more a political gesture than a military one,” the military said, adding that the NATO battalion did not have any heavy offensive or missile weapons.
She also expressed the opinion that the creation of permanent bases of the alliance on Latvian territory will not in any way affect the security of the country. [Actually, it will negatively affect security by making Latvia a target—Vince]
In addition, Rublovsky stressed that with regard to the hypothetical presence of military bases, in the event of a real military conflict with the Russian Federation, these databases will be destroyed in the first few minutes.
He added that the decision to deploy NATO bases is in the purview of Washington and the American allies, and not the Latvian leadership.
The military expert explained that Latvia in the event of a conflict of the Russian Federation and NATO would in any case become hostage to the situation, while the country's army would not even “have time to fight.”
According to Rublovsky, the question is, “will our country become one big crater or will it blow away, which, I repeat, is not for us to decide.”
The regular statements of Latvian politicians about the “threats from Russia” are primarily due to the need for their political survival, while they diligently continue to stir up general tension.
Author: Irina Sintsova