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The U.S. does not rely on NATO in the Baltic States


Nov 25, 2019
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It is not a secret, that the U.S. has developed a complex system of defending its interests in Europe. This system is composed of mechanisms which allow to support its influence by different means, including economic and military tools.

From the military point of view, this system is based on the U.S. military presence in Europe and in the Baltic States and Poland in particular. In order to strengthen its power in Europe, Washington uses capabilities of international organization, such as NATO (NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups).

But while the U.S. doesn’t often show it, but it is obviously that Washington does feel nerves about the common NATO military capabilities in the region.

Firstly, the U.S. in parallel conducts its own military mission dubbed “Operation Atlantic Resolve” in the Baltic States. Thus, even this fact shows uncertainty about NATO common defence capabilities.

The facts about Atlantic Resolve as of: Nov. 20, 2020:

Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe and Africa has led the Department of Defense’s Atlantic Resolve land efforts by rotating units based in the U.S. to Europe.

There are approximately 6,000 regionally allocated Soldiers participating in nine-month Atlantic Resolve rotations at any given time.

There are four types of U.S. Army Atlantic Resolve rotations – armored, aviation, sustainment task force and division forward headquarters.

Secondly, the U.S. not only acts independently, but also tries to influence all NATO military activity in the region. Thus, NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence was in focus at OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation meeting under United States Chairpersonship at the end of January.

The discussion on eFP was the first Security Dialogue organized by the US FSC Chairpersonship.

Here are only some quotes and sayings of the speakers which show Washington’s concern over other countries’ ability to run the military mission in the Baltic region to the extent that the United States would like. By means of such meeting, Washington wanted to encourage NATO to take more action in the Baltic States and Poland.


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