The United States and its allies should deploy troops to Baltic states to deter Russia from staging a possible incursion in those countries, former presidential national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, told lawmakers Wednesday, AFP reports.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
© AFP/Scanpix

The foreign policy expert, who served under president Jimmy Carter, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he feared Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to take control over Baltic countries in a lightning move that could take NATO by surprise.

A nightmare scenario could be that "one day - and I literally mean one day - he just seizes Riga and Tallinn... That would literally take him one day. There's no way they could resist," Brzezinski said.

"And then we'll say how horrible, how shocking, how outrageous. But, of course, we can't do anything about it," he said, without risking a potential nuclear conflict.

"I think deterrence has to have meaning. It has to have teeth in it. And it has to create a situation in which someone planning an action like that has no choice but to anticipate what kind of resistance will lie in counter," he said.

"I do recommend pre-positioning of some forces," in those countries, he said, but in a way that was not provocative.

Brzezinski served as the national security adviser under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981 and is a professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Technical scenario for Baltic grid synchronization approved in Brussels (Updated)

The project for the synchronization of the Baltic power grids with the Continental European system...

Lithuanian transport minister calls Latvia's claims over Renge 'a stab in the back'

Lithuanian Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says that Latvians' demand that Lietuvos...

Lithuania, Latvia holding talks on ambulance services in border areas

Lithuania and Latvia are holding talks on the provision of ambulance services in border areas.

Lithuanian military helicopters continue to help Latvia, Sweden fight wildfires

Two Mi-8 helicopters of the Lithuanian Air Force have been helping to fight wildfires in Latvia...

Latvia thanks Lithuania for help in extinguishing fires

Latvia on Wednesday thanked Lithuania for its assistance in extinguishing forest and peat fires in...