Poland, Baltics ask NATO to focus missile shield on Russia

  
Missile shield in action. Photo German Marshall Fund of the US
Missile shield in action. [German Marshall Fund of the US]

According to Der Spiegel, Poland and the Baltic countries have proposed that the NATO anti-ballistic missile defence system be focused on Russia. Germany and a majority of NATO members have however objected that “one should not provoke Russia unnecessarily”.

The US anti-ballistic defence systemm largely based in Romania, is aimed at protecting Europe from missiles that might come from rogue states in the Middle East. Reportedly, the proposal by Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been made as part of the preparations of the 4-5 September NATO summit in Cardiff, Wales.

The Polish-Baltic proposal would completely undermine the long-standing US position that the deployment of its anti-ballistic missile system is not aimed against Russia (see background).

However, the proponents of the idea have reportedly succeeded to put on the agenda before the summit the issue of new security measures for Poland and the Baltic states, such as increasing the number NATO reconnaissance flights at their eastern borders, and that those flights would not automatically terminate after one year, as it was planned initially.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for this measure to be reapproved by all NATO member states after a year. Over time, Berlin has realised it was the only one to stick to this position and has dropped the idea, according to the Der Spiegel article.

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Joe Thorpe's picture

Why doesnt Poland put its own missile defense systems in place instead of constantly looking to others to do their job for them? It is the first requirement for any state is the security of its people.

Martin444's picture

Right now most of the NATO and US bases in Europe are in places like Germany and Italy, which aren't really threatened by anyone, but countries in Eastern Europe would definitely actually benefit from these defense systems and bases.

Joe Thorpe's picture

You don't generally locate bases at the place where they will be attacked in a first strike, they are located at forward bases so extend reach which is why we keep forward bases around the globe so that every time we have to act we do not have to start out from UK bases. I assume the French bases are in located on similar reasoning to ours.

Joe Thorpe's picture

You don't generally locate bases at the place where they will be attacked in a first strike, they are located at forward bases so extend reach which is why we keep forward bases around the globe so that every time we have to act we do not have to start out from UK bases. I assume the French bases are in located on similar reasoning to ours.

Jay's picture

Joe hits the nail on the head, the EU welfare states, mostly in the east, should take responsibility (Adulthood 101) for their decisions. Freedom is not free and neither is democracy weather one plays by the rules or not.

The NATO fully functioning headquarters due east in Szczecin, Poland was created and intended to assure Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia of NATO commitment in light of recent events occurring in eastern Ukraine. US maintains an additional seven bases in Romania and Bulgaria.

The Ukraine crisis is the West's fault, liberal delusions that provoked Putin is manifested by NATO enlargement. Expanding NATO bases will only inflame an already dangerous position.

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