Russia held a quadrennial military exercise called ‘Zapad’ in mid-September on the territory of Western Russia, Russian exclave Kaliningrad and Belarus. Current tensions with the West add up to the salience of the upcoming drills, which according to NATO allies, will be one of the largest since the Cold War. Although the risk of open confrontation is low, “Zapad-2017” can become the...

The Baltic states, despite their joining Euro-Atlantic political and military structures since the 1990s, have been feeling the breath of Russia on their necks. The recent developments triggered by the Kremlin in Russia`s Near Abroad show that fear was not ungrounded. Dr. Nora Vanaga from National Defence Academy of Latvia shares her opinion how the Baltic states, including her native Latvia, prepares...

In the early days of the current year, the ambassadors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Germany collectively wrote a petition asking German media to stop referring to the above-mentioned nations as “former Soviet countries”. The issue had been prompted by the Soviet Legacy column on the German news portal Die Zeit.   The Facebook page of Latvia`s embassy in...

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