Tension continues to rise in the Baltic region

Tension continues to rise between Russia and the NATO allied countries. These tensions are purely based on fear and the lack of trust between the cooperation members. On one side are the countries that are allied to NATO and on the other is Russia. Moreover, over the past few months, the tensions have been heightened by the new sanctions that were imposed on Russia by the US, making it possible for a looming show of superiority and might.

The evidence of such rising tension can be dated back to Russia’s interception of a US bomber that was reportedly flying on the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea near Russian borders in June 2017. Although this ought to be considered normal since the Russian bombers are also often intercepted by the NATO member states such as Britain, the lack of trust has led to the escalation of the event, with citation of the possibility that such aircrafts may be carrying nuclear weapons.

Another incident that has increased anxiety in the region is the deployment of 2000 crewmen alongside 70 ships, including small submarine and rocket, large amphibious and cavettos ships in August 2017. Communication from Russia indicates that the reason for the August deployments was twofold: to evaluate the full alertness of Russia’s Navy as well as their task implementation capabilities.

Reports further indicate that the move was aimed at the simulation of a possible attack from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. The goal of Russia is to assert itself against US sanctions. The assertions and military preparations have further propagated anxiety within the region. This was recently manifested in the speech and appeal by the defence minister of Sweden for the collaboration and joint operations between NATO allied and non-allied countries. The minister was alluding to a possible attack by Russia.