After Ukraine, does Russia have designs on the three Baltic states?by Andrew Stuttaford / July 16, 2015 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2015 issue of Prospect Magazine
Under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, an “armed attack” on one Nato member is to be regarded as an attack on all. Fine words, but the challenge for Nato is to ensure that they are never put to the test. For his part, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin knows that there is no better place than the Baltics—nearby, lightly defended, far from the Nato core and with a large Russian minority—to try his luck.
There are two main reasons why he might be tempted to do so. The first is fo…