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    Lavrov: Baltics show no gratitude for Moscow letting them go
    By Associated Press
    STOCKHOLM — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the Baltic countries have shown no gratitude to Moscow for letting them “go in peace” after the Soviet Union collapsed.

    In an interview published Friday in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Lavrov singled out Lithuania as the “most aggressive, Russo-phobic country” and said it is pushing NATO in an “anti-Russian direction.”

    He said NATO colleagues once told him that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania would “calm down” once they joined the alliance in 2004.

    “They joined NATO but there was no calm, especially not with our Lithuanian neighbor,” Lavrov was quoted as saying.

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius called Lavrov’s comments “pure propaganda.”

    “The term Russo-phobe is totally inappropriate. I would agree with Kremlin-phobe, as we can see a difference between Russia and its rulers’ policies,” Linkevicius told the Baltic News Service.

    Lavrov also defended the actions of Russian warplanes this month as they buzzed a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, saying they decided to take a look at the ship “from a safe distance.”

    The Baltic countries regained their independence in the early 1990’s after nearly five decades under Soviet occupation. More than a dozen people were killed and scores were injured in a Soviet crackdown on Lithuania’s independence drive in January 1991. Link
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    This is exactly why nobody trusts the Kremlin but most especially Russia's neighbors.
    My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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    This came up today in my office. A patient, who I long thought to be Swedish, was in and we started talking. Turns out he is Estonian and I mentioned you know the Russian Foreign Minister thinks Estonia is ungrateful. That got a big laugh out of him. Turns out his grandfather was deported by Stalin to Siberia after the war and never heard from again. His grandmother did make it to New York City in 1950 as a refugee. She had two children and a second husband who died seven days after arriving in NYC. One of those children became his mother in 1961. Says relatives are all over the world as refugees from that time.

    I asked him about the correct spelling of his last name today vs. what is was at immigration. Yes it changed a little. I also noted that it sounded more Germanic and he said it actually has Swedish roots. It seems that in the 1600's, during their Swedish period, a wounded Swedish soldier ended up remaining in Estonia rather than making it back to Sweden. That soldier is the roots of his family name.

    Have several more people in the office who were refugees when younger. From Hungary to Vietnam. One, from Hungary, whose husband is a USN RAdm, ret. is writing a book on her experience from when she was 8 or 9 and apparently was caught trying to get out of Hungary in 1956 while much of the others got out.

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    • #3
      I can't imagine why the Baltics rushed straight to NATO as soon as they could.
      My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
        I can't imagine why the Baltics rushed straight to NATO as soon as they could.
        Because they are ungrateful bastards.

        Just like that scum who was jumping over the walls, rushing through fences...
        No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

        To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doktor View Post
          Because they are ungrateful bastards.

          Just like that scum who was jumping over the walls, rushing through fences...
          Hey come on, at least some of them were shot and killed before they could make it. That counts for something, doesn't it?
          My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
            Hey come on, at least some of them were shot and killed before they could make it. That counts for something, doesn't it?
            Statistical error
            No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

            To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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            • #7
              Where is that damn LIKE button!!!!
              “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
              Mark Twain

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              • #8
                It's like the geopolitical equivalent of a divorcée refusing to just let things go.
                "Draft beer, not people."

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                • #9
                  As we know Polish Armed Forces conducted a large-scale military training exercise Anakonda involving 24 NATO and partner countries. For more than 10 days, 31,000 troops, backed by large numbers of vehicles, aircraft and ships trained together. The aim was to exercise and test the interoperability of the Polish Armed Forces with other participating nations. Another large-scale NATO exercise Saber Strike 2016 have begun in the Baltic States, which are aimed at improving interaction between member states in a wide range on military operations. 10,000 soldiers from 13 member states and partner countries are participating in the exercise. The exercises take place from May 27 th to June 22th.
                  At the same time, their neighboring countries do not sleep either. The last six months are characterized by very intensive operational and combat training in Belarus.
                  While NATO flexes its military muscle in Poland and in the Baltic States Belarus conducted command and staff war game with the 6th and 11th Guards mechanized brigades led by the Commander of the Western Operational Command from June 7 th to 9 th at the Gozhsky test site. The aim of this exercise was to enhance the level of practical skills in command and control of military units during combat operations with the use of innovative technologies.
                  The more so the units of Belarus Air Force and Air Defence Forces will participate in the exercise led by Russian Western Military District from June 14 th to 16 th.
                  In the course of the exercise a missile and aviation strike of imaginary enemy will be repelled. Air Force and Air Defence troops of Russia and Belarus will practice elimination of different types of targets imitating cruise and ballistic missiles, combat and reconnaissance UAVs as well as aviation units of imaginary enemy during day and night time.
                  Also there were some information about state tests of Belarusian Polonaise multiple launch rocket system: «Final acts and protocols of the state testing of Polonaise multiple launch rocket system were presented to Sergey Gurulev, the Chairman of State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus on June, 10,» - said the Goskomvoenprom's spokesman Vladimir Lavrenyuk.
                  As he noted, «another important step of the Polonaise systems transfering to the Armed Forces of Belarus has been completed.»
                  These tests were successfully completed on May, 30. More than 20 organizations of the national defense industry worked on the development of Polonaise MLRS.
                  This multiple launch rocket system with 200 km fire range has been already put into service of the Belarusian army.
                  One MLRS firing battery will join the 336th Reactive Artillery Brigade (Osipovichi,Mogilevregion).
                  It's neccessary to add, that Representatives of the Ministry of Interior, the State Border Committee, the State Security Committee and the Ministry of Emergency Situations take part in the command and staff exercises with the territorial defense forces of the Grodno region (Belarus).
                  More than 2,000 servicemen and over 70 units of equipment will take part in the joint drills in Grodno region of Belarus.
                  According to*the press service, military units of*the Western Operational Command, the Air Force and Air Defense Forces, the Special Operations Forces, as*well as*the representatives of*almost all law enforcement agencies, including the Interior Ministry, the State Border Committee, the State Security Committee and the Emergency Situations Ministry take part in*the drills.
                  Sergei Dudko, the head of department of the territorial defense forces –deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:
                  «According to*the Defense Ministry's training plan for*2015/2016, the command-and-staff exercises with*the territorial defense forces of*the Grodno Region were launched on*June 13. The drills are mainly aimed at*boosting the level of*the readiness and ability of*the governing bodies and territorial defense forces to*carry out*the tasks in*conditions of*rapidly changing situation».
                  So the high intensity of combat training of troops today seems to become the distinctive feature of military activity of our days.

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