Russia’s military games for Baltic and Polish civilians and youth
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
With the Russian 9th of May celebrations of Soviet victory in World War Two approaching, many in the Baltic States are concerned about the potential risk of provocations or confrontation stemming from the more radical and disgruntled elements of the local Russian minority. Moreover, since Russia launched a shadow war in eastern Ukraine in 2014, NATO, American, and European governments have been increasingly concerned about the risks of hybrid warfare in Poland and the Baltic region.
Russia’s euphoric and triumphalist celebration all this week, marking the one year anniversary of Moscow's annexation of Crimea, has already drawn crowds of people, national flags in abundance, and veterans marching in various cities. Meanwhile, Russia-backed militants continue their attacks in eastern Ukraine testing the fragile truce between Kiev and the separatist forces. A year later since Moscow’s foray into Crimea, there is little evidence of Russia is willing to back down or back out of its aggressive campaign in Ukraine. What often gets blurred in Moscow’s nationalist rhetoric is that fact that Russia’s economic and military interests in Ukraine run deep, making Russia’s pull out from Ukraine unlikely in the medium to long-term.
Estonia’s electricity and gas company Elering paid Russian exporter Gazprom an average €13.50/MWh in April, while, the average gas price on the Lithuanian GET Baltic Gas Exchange in April was €16.41/MWh, naturalgaseurope.com reports.
Latvia will become the second Baltic state to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The country's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it had received an invitation to join the 34-country bloc often described as the rich club.
A new documentary by leading Baltic journalists investigates the Russian President Vladimir Putin's master plan for and interference in the Baltic States by following a $100 million money trail that funds Russian-backed proxies in the Baltics.